The 6th Day

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The 6th day
Sixth day.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Roger Spottiswoode
Produced by Jon Davison
Mike Medavoy
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Written by Cormac Wibberley
Marianne Wibberley
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger
Michael Rapaport
Tony Goldwyn
Michael Rooker
Sarah Wynter
Robert Duvall
Music by Trevor Rabin
Cinematography Pierre Mignot
Editing by Michel Arcand
Mark Conte
Dominique Fortin
Studio Phoenix Pictures
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates October 28, 2000 (Tokyo International Film Festival)
November 13, 2000 (premiere)
November 17, 2000 (Theatrical)
Running time 123 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $82 million
Box office $97,085,477

The 6th Day is a 2000 American science fiction film directed by Roger Spottiswoode, and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as family man Adam Gibson, who is cloned without his knowledge or consent in the future of the year 2015. It was a success at the box office despite mixed reviews from critics, and Schwarzenegger was received a salary of $25 million for his role in the film.[1] The film opened at #3 at the North American box office, and 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]

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger as Adam Gibson and his clone
  • Michael Rapaport as Hank Morgan, Adam's best friend
  • Tony Goldwyn as Michael Drucker, the CEO of Replacement Technologies and the main antagonist
  • Michael Rooker as Robert Marshall, a Millennium security agent and Drucker's right-hand man
  • Sarah Wynter as Talia Elsworth, an assassin working for Drucker
  • Wendy Crewson as Natalie Gibson, Adam's wife.
  • Rodney Rowland as P. Wiley, an assassin working for Drucker
  • Terry Crews as Vincent Bansworth, an assassin working for Drucker. This was Crews' first film.
  • Ken Pogue as Speaker Day
  • Colin Cunningham as Tripp, a religious fundamentalist strongly against cloning.
  • Robert Duvall as Doctor Griffin Weir, Drucker's scientist in charge of the cloning
  • Wanda Cannon as Katherine Weir, Griffin's wife
  • Taylor Anne Reid as Clara Gibson, Adam's daughter
  • Jennifer Gareis as Virtual Girlfriend
  • Don McManus as RePet Salesman
  • Andrea Libman provides the voice of SimPal Cindy, an animatronic mannequin child

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 40% positive rating.[2] 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.

Production[edit]

Locations[edit]

Home video releases[edit]

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

Release Date Territory Format Notes
March 27, 2001 U.S. and Canada DVD Discontinued
May 27, 2001 U.S. and Canada VHS Discontinued
June 3, 2003 U.S. and Canada DVD Special Edition
December 15, 2003 U.S. and Canada DVD Schwarzenegger 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.

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.

References[edit]

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

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