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Happy Thirtieth Anniversary, “Six Degrees of Separation!”

Thirty years ago today, the film adaptation of John Guare’s hit Broadway play Six Degrees of Separation was released. Directed by Fred Schepisi, the plot of the film was inspired by the real-life story of David Hampton, a con man and robber who convinced a number of people in the 1980s that he was the son of actor Sidney Poitier. In October 1983, Hampton came to the New York apartment of Inger McCabe Elliott and her husband Osborn Elliott, who allowed him to spend the night in the apartment. The next morning, Inger found Hampton in bed with another man and later called the police. The Elliotts told their friend, Guare, all about it.

Stockard Channing received her sole Oscar nomination for the film, and Will Smith made his dramatic debut. Donald Sutherland is excellent. Go see it!