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SIX DAYS SEVEN NIGHTS

SYNOPSIS:
Robin Monroe (Anne Heche) is a stressed young assistant magazine editor in New York. When her boyfriend, Frank Martin (David Schwimmer), surprises her be with a vacation on a tropical South Pacific island, she's ecstatic. The package holiday includes a short charter flight to their final destination aboard a tiny plane owned by cargo pilot Quinn Harris (Harrison Ford). On arrival, Frank immediately proposes to Robin, but a work emergency forces Robin to hire Quinn to fly her to Tahiti for a one-day photo shoot. Along the way, a severe storm forces down their plane on a remote tropical island, damaging its landing gear and radio. Their adveture begins, faced with isolation and their conflicting personalities…. Back at the resort, Frank begins to fret but takes guilt-ridden comfort in the company of Quinn's shapely girlfriend, Angelica (Jacqueline Obradors). Meanwhile, the plane-wrecked couple get to know each other better and find a way to return to their lives – which have since changed.

"Six Days Seven Nights is the kind of lively Hollywood romance that once could have paired Hepburn and Tracey or indeed Bogey and Bacall. The plot doesn’t really matter – what does is the central couple, who spar energetically with zest and wit, while we sit back and wait for cupid to play its hand. The locations are tropical and glorious, Randy Edelman’s rhythmic score is richly textured, while Harrison Ford and Anne Heche are the focus of our attention. Yes, it’s predictable, improbable and glossy, but it’s an enjoyable romantic romp, largely due to the solid cast. Ford has great capacity for taking a flawed character and injecting endearing charm, while Heche shows her range playing a complex and interesting persona with great panache. Stranded on a desert island after a plane crash, Heche’s character conveniently happens to have perky, skimpy fashion statement stuff on-hand, although we femmes will have to agree that with no make up at all, Heche looks sickeningly good. Temuera Morrison adds a little fire in his small role; Jacqueline Obradors is delightful as the seductive girlfriend, while David Schwimmer plays – well – David Schwimmer. Six Days Seven Nights is a fun escape: a bright feel-good romantic comedy of the slick Hollywood kind with large sprinkles of star power that allows you leave all your troubles at home."
Louise Keller

"Agree absolutely with Louise (were it always this easy!); Paul’s also right, but only in a clinical sort of way (you old cynic). And I don’t know why Paul has trouble with a film that combines opposites-attract romantic comedy with a dose of adventure in the jungle. As Louise says, this is Bogey and Bacall territory, albeit I grant you, not quite as glowing, nor is it realistic-believable. (I hate it when people fix a crashed plane in three hours flat, using ancient wreckage and bamboo poles. I take that long just to identify the wreckage.) But it is very much Hollywood’s stock in trade, it travels well and it gives mainstream entertainment. It’s no use comparing it to cinema’s most glowing moments – that’s a rarity and while always strived for, rarely achieved. I am not arguing here for mediocrity; far from it. But horses for courses, and this course is mind-resting entertainment. It’s pretty good for that, and worth the money."
Andrew L. Urban

"It must have sounded irresistible from the outset: let's spend three months in Hawaii making a movie. The trouble is, nobody involved in this film really knew what KIND of a movie they'd be making. Is the opposites-attract-romantic- comedy-type film, or maybe a dose of Romancing the Stone. Like the film's central characters, the two styles collide with often silly results. The notion of two diametrically opposite characters falling in love under stressful circumstances, is as old as the cinema itself, polished faultlessly in Frank Capra's It Happened One Night. In this case, it happens in six, and not with any resounding success. Six Days Seven Nights is another of those passable by-the-book Hollywood comedies, that is neither atrocious nor wonderful; it's somewhere drifting in the middle. Director Ivan Reitman, so accomplished in his hey day with the first Ghostbusters and Twins, flounders here, concentrating more on boosting Hawaiian tourism than developing a semblance of narrative and character. It's difficult to buy much of this film, and when that happens, the movie tends to crumble. Harrison Ford does nothing new here, is amiable enough but simplistic while Heche is far more appealing, deserving of more intricate material. Schwimmer goes through his Friends schtick with consistent irritation, while pretty Jacqueline Obradors is appropriately decorative. Reitman's direction is by-the-numbers, though the film looks pretty enough, as one would expect from the extended travelogue which this ultimately becomes. There's a moment in the film where Heche's Robin Monroe tells Ford's charmingly gruff Quinn Harris, that he likes to keep things simple. That seems to sum up Hollywood's attitude to American cinema; after all, this is the perfect example of Hollywood movie making at its most predictable. No complexity here, no siree!"
Paul Fischer

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CRITICAL COUNT:
Favourable: 2
Unfavourable: 1
Mixed: 0
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SIX DAYS SEVEN NIGHTS (M) 15+
(US)

CAST: Harrison Ford, Anne Heche, David Schwimmer, Jacqueline Obradors, Temuera Morrison, Allison Janney, Douglas Weston, Cliff Curtis, Danny Trejo, Ben Bode, Derek Basco, Amy Sedaris

DIRECTOR: Ivan Reitman

PRODUCER: Ivan Reitman, Wallis Nicita, Roger Birnbaum

SCRIPT: Michael Browning

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Michael Chapman

EDITOR: Sheldon Kahn, Wwendy Greene Bricmont

MUSIC: Randy Edelman

PRODUCTION DESIGN:

RUNNING TIME: 102 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: June 25, 1998

VIDEO RELEASE: November 3, 1999

VIDEO DISTRIBUTOR: Buena Vista

RRP: $19.95







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