The 6th Day

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The 6th day
Sixth day.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRoger Spottiswoode
Produced byJon Davison
Mike Medavoy
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Written byCormac Wibberley
Marianne Wibberley
StarringArnold Schwarzenegger
Michael Rapaport
Tony Goldwyn
Michael Rooker
Sarah Wynter
Robert Duvall
Music byTrevor Rabin
CinematographyPierre Mignot
Editing byMichel Arcand
Mark Conte
Dominique Fortin
StudioPhoenix Pictures
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release datesOctober 28, 2000 (Tokyo International Film Festival)
November 13, 2000 (premiere)
November 17, 2000 (Theatrical)
Running time123 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$82 million
Box office$97,085,477
 
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The 6th day
Sixth day.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRoger Spottiswoode
Produced byJon Davison
Mike Medavoy
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Written byCormac Wibberley
Marianne Wibberley
StarringArnold Schwarzenegger
Michael Rapaport
Tony Goldwyn
Michael Rooker
Sarah Wynter
Robert Duvall
Music byTrevor Rabin
CinematographyPierre Mignot
Editing byMichel Arcand
Mark Conte
Dominique Fortin
StudioPhoenix Pictures
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release datesOctober 28, 2000 (Tokyo International Film Festival)
November 13, 2000 (premiere)
November 17, 2000 (Theatrical)
Running time123 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$82 million
Box office$97,085,477

The 6th Day is a 2000 American science fiction action thriller film directed by Roger Spottiswoode, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as family man Adam Gibson, who is cloned without his knowledge or consent in the future of 2015. It was a success at the box office despite mixed reviews from critics, and Schwarzenegger received a salary of $25 million for his role in the film.[1]

The film opened at #3 at the North American box office, making 13 million USD in its opening weekend.

Plot[edit]

In the near future, the cloning of animals and human organs has become routine. Cloning entire humans, however, is prohibited by what are known as "Sixth Day" laws. Michael Drucker (Tony Goldwyn), the owner of a cloning company Replacement Technologies, hires pilot Adam Gibson (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and partner Hank Morgan (Michael Rapaport) for a ski trip. Due to Drucker's prominence, the two must first undergo blood and eye tests to verify their aptitude. On the day of Drucker's arrival Gibson finds that his family dog has died, and Morgan offers to fly Drucker instead to allow Gibson time to have the pet cloned. After visiting a "RePet" shop Gibson remains unconvinced.

Gibson returns home and discovers that not only has Oliver already been cloned, but a purported clone of himself is with his family. Replacement Technologies security agents intent on killing Gibson give chase. He seeks refuge at Morgan's apartment after the police betray him to the agents. Minutes later, Tripp, a religious anti-cloning fundamentalist, kills Morgan and informs Gibson this Morgan was a clone. Tripp then admits having killed both Drucker and the real Morgan on the mountaintop earlier that day. Tripp then commits suicide to avoid being captured by Drucker's security team.

Gibson sneaks into Replacement Technologies and finds Dr. Griffin Weir (Robert Duvall), the scientist behind Drucker's human-cloning technology. Weir confirms Tripp's story, adding that to resurrect Drucker the incident had to be covered up and Gibson was cloned because they mistakenly believed he had been killed. Weir explains that Drucker could lose all his assets if the revelation became public, since clones are devoid of all rights. Sympathetic with Gibson's plight, Weir gives Gibson a memory disk of the Drucker clone but warns him that Drucker may go after his family. In a subplot, Weir discovers that Drucker has been engineering cloned humans with fatal diseases as an insurance policy against betrayal. Upon finding out that his own wife was one such victim, Weir confronts Drucker and is murdered.

Drucker's agents abduct Gibson's family and Gibson comes face to face with his clone. After punching the clone for sleeping with his wife Gibson teams up with his doppelgänger and the two devise a plan to destroy Drucker's facility. While Gibson wrecks the security system and gets himself captured, the cloned Gibson sneaks in, plants a bomb and rescues his family. Meanwhile, Gibson learns that he is the clone. Enraged, the cloned Gibson fights off Drucker's agents and Drucker is mortally wounded. Drucker manages to clone himself before he dies but the malfunctioning equipment causes the new Drucker to have a disfigured appearance. As the cloned Gibson fights his way to the rooftop he is rescued by helicopter by the real Gibson. Meanwhile, the new Drucker falls to his death and the facility explodes.

Now having a more moderate view of cloning, the real Gibson arranges for his clone to move to Argentina to start a satellite office of their charter business. The clone's existence is kept a secret, especially upon discovering that his DNA has no embedded illnesses, giving him a chance at a full life. As a parting gift to the real Gibson's family, the clone gives them Hank's RePet cat. The real Gibson gives the clone a flying send-off.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Locations[edit]


Schwarzenegger stated that while filming an underwater scene, he became disoriented in the water and ran out of air. His stunt double "realized I was in big, big trouble" and rescued the actor.[2]

Product placement[edit]

The film, set in 2015, opens with scenes of an XFL football game.[3] The XFL franchise folded after its first season in 2001.

Box office and reception[edit]

The film opened at #3 at the North American box office, making 13 million USD in its opening weekend. It made $96 million worldwide against its $82 million budget.

The film received mixed reviews. The film-critics aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes listed a 41% positive rating.[4] The 6th Day earned three Razzie Award nominations for Schwarzenegger: Worst Actor (as the real Adam), Worst Supporting Actor (as the clone of Adam) and Worst Screen Couple (Schwarzenegger as Adam and Schwarzenegger as the clone), but lost to Battlefield Earth.

Home video releases[edit]

The 6th Day was released on video on the following dates:

Release DateTerritoryFormatNotes
March 27, 2001U.S. and CanadaDVDDiscontinued
May 27, 2001U.S. and CanadaVHSDiscontinued
June 3, 2003U.S. and CanadaDVDSpecial Edition
December 15, 2003U.S. and CanadaDVDSchwarzenegger Action Pack: The 6th Day and Last Action Hero

A Blu-ray version was released in the United States and Canada on April 8, 2008.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Grover, Ronald (2002-01-25). "Schwarzenegger Flexes Some Muscle". BusinessWeek. Retrieved 2009-02-19. 
  2. ^ Schwarzenegger, Arnold. "IamArnold. AMA 2.0.". Reddit. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "XFL Ready To Line It Up". 
  4. ^ The 6th Day at Rotten Tomatoes

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