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Story

John Guare's hit Broadway play--about an Upper East Side couple who gets bilked by a young black man claiming to be Sidney Poitier's son--receives a terrific screen translation in this film by Fred Schepisi. Though the play was discursive and episodic, Schepisi, working from Guare's adaptation, makes it all flow like a fascinating evening listening to friends recount something that happened to them. But the story itself is also intriguing for the disparity it reveals between the wealthy, the would-be wealthy, and the have-nots yearning to be rich. Stockard Channing and Donald Sutherland are exceptional as the couple who open their home to a young man they believe is a friend of their children (to whom they barely speak); Will Smith is fascinatingly glib as the young man, who claims that his famous father is casting a film version of Cats and offers his hosts roles as extras in the film. Smith finds the heartbreaking core of this character and Channing is haunting as a woman looking to make a connection, even with a confused young con artist. --Marshall Fine

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Stockard ChanningOuisa
Will SmithPaul
Donald SutherlandFlan
Ian McKellenGeoffrey Miller
Mary Beth HurtKitty
Bruce DavisonLarkin
Richard MasurDr. Fine
Anthony Michael HallTrent Conway
Heather GrahamElizabeth
Eric ThalRick
Anthony RappBen
Oz PerkinsWoody
Catherine KellnerTess
J.J. AbramsDoug
Daniel von BargenDetective
Cleo KingLieutenant Price

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Fred Schepisi
  • Producer: MGM/UA
  • Length: 112 minutes
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1, Standard 1.33:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaDec 8, 1993
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaAug 15, 2000
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