Six Weeks

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Six Weeks
theatrical poster
Directed by Tony Bill
Produced by Peter Guber
Jon Peters
Screenplay by David Seltzer
Based on Six Weeks by
Fred Mustard Stewart
Music by Dudley Moore
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
  • December 24, 1982 (1982-12-24)
Country United States
Language English
Budget $11,000,000
Box office $6,700,000

Six Weeks is a 1982 drama film, directed by Tony Bill and based on a novel by Fred Mustard Stewart. It stars Dudley Moore and Mary Tyler Moore.

Co-star Katherine Healy was a professional figure skater and a ballerina, both talents demonstrated by her character in the film. Golden Globe nominated actress and ballet dancer Anne Ditchburn choreographed her dance scenes, as well as appeared as an assistant choreographer on camera.


Charlotte Dreyfus, a wealthy cosmetic tycoon and her 12-year-old daughter Nicole, who's dying from leukemia, strike up a sentimental friendship with a California politician, Patrick Dalton. Nicole has decided to abandon all further treatments for the disease because of the treatments' side effects.

Since the girl has only six weeks or less to live, the trio fly to New York City where the daughter skates the ice rink at Rockefeller Center, assumes the lead role of Marie in The Nutcracker with the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center, and sightsees most of the city. During her subway ride returning from her triumphant performance in the Tchaikovsky ballet, she suddenly collapses and dies in her mother's arms, having achieved her lifelong dream.

In the final scene, Charlotte gets on a plane to Paris and is seen alone. Patrick writes to her imploring her to keep in touch. There is no reply.


The film was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards, one for Dudley Moore for Best Actor in a Dramatic Motion Picture and one for Katherine Healy as Best New Female Star of the Year. However, Mary Tyler Moore's performance earned a Razzie Award nomination for Worst Actress. Roger Ebert later named it one of the worst films of 1982.[1] Gene Siskel however, liked the film, praising the performances from the leads and its go-for-broke sentiment.



  1. ^ Varecha, Bob (director) "Stinkers of 1982" (January 14, 1983). Television: At the Movies. Chicago: Tribune Productions, Inc.

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