The 6th Day (2000)



Critic Consensus: This offering from Arnold Schwarzenegger contains an intriguing, disturbing premise, but the film's execution is too routine and formulaic to make good use of it.

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In this science-fiction thriller set in the very near future, DNA cloning has been perfected and has become an accepted part of everyday life -- cattle and fish are cloned for sale at the market, genetically engineered fruit and vegetables are found in most family's kitchens (nacho-flavored bananas, anyone?), and if your pet dies, you can even order a cloned replacement. But laws have been passed that strictly forbid the cloning of human beings. However, helicopter pilot Adam Gibson (Arnold Schwarzenegger), who believes people should live and die the old-fashioned way, discovers that someone has been violating these regulations. After Adam luckily avoids being on a copter that crashes, he comes home to discover someone has duplicated him. Now Adam is on a mission to find out who cloned him and why, as he struggles to take back his life from a scientifically created impostor, his boss Michael Drucker (Tony Goldwyn), and a pair of thugs (Sarah Wynter and Rod Rowland) who have been cloned into near-indestructibility. The 6th Day also stars Robert Duvall as cloning expert Griffin Weir, Michael Rooker as Drucker's right-hand man Robert Marshall, and Michael Rapaport as Adam's partner, Hank Morgan.
PG-13 (for strong action violence, brief strong language and some sensuality)
Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Michael Rapaport
as Hank Morgan
Tony Goldwyn
as Michael Drucker
Michael Rooker
as Robert Marshall
Wendy Crewson
as Natalie Gibson
Sarah Wynter
as Talia Elsworth
Rod Rowland
as Wiley
Terry Crews
as Vincent
Ken Pogue
as Speaker Day
Robert Duvall
as Dr. Griffin Weir
Wanda Cannon
as Katherine Weir
Taylor-Anne Reid
as Clara Gibson
Jennifer Gareis
as Virtual Girlfriend
Don R. McManus
as RePet Salesman
Steve Bacic
as Johnny Phoenix
Christopher Lawford
as Police Lieutenant
Mark Brandon
as RePet Spokesman
Don S. Davis
as Cardinal de la Jolla
Jennifer Sterling
as Virtual Attorney
Walter von Huene
as Virtual Psychiatrist
Chris Cound
as Snowboarder No. 1
Ben Bass
as Bodyguard
Robert Clarke
as Zealot
Michael Budman
as Zealot No. 2
Claudine Grant
as Reporter
D. Neil Mark
as Security Guard
Colin Lawrence
as Security Guard
Mark Gibbon
as Security Guard
Brian Jensen
as Security Guard
Crawford James
as Security Guard
Peter Kent
as Duty Officer
Hiro Kanagawa
as Team Doctor
Mi Jung Lee
as Newscaster
Gerard Plunket
as Technician
Claire Riley
as Webcaster
Andrew McIlroy
as Scott Moore
Norma Jean Wick
as Announcer No. 1
Paul Carson
as Announcer No. 2
Graham Andrews
as Cab Driver
Benita Ha
as Teacher
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Critic Reviews for The 6th Day

All Critics (116) | Top Critics (32)

The studios should enact their own '6th Day Law' prohibiting the carbon-copy duplication of elements from scenario to scenario.

Full Review… | June 18, 2008
Top Critic

A well-crafted entertainment containing enough ideas to qualify it as science fiction and not just as a futurist thriller.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Far smarter and more airtight than almost any other Ahhh-nuld project since James Cameron's Terminator series.

December 31, 1999
Top Critic

The best Schwarzenegger movie in years.

December 31, 1999
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Experience says that the weaker the story, effects or both in these contemporary sci-fi/effects/action spectaculars, the more they juice up the sound. Happily, The 6th Day stands as a modest exception to the rule.

December 31, 1999
Detroit News
Top Critic

File this one somewhere in the upper echelon of Arnold films -- it won't make you forget The Terminator, but it's much more endurable than the likes of Eraser.

December 31, 1999
Mr. Showbiz
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The 6th Day


Run-of-the-mill actioner with name brand star headlining, a movie that asks whether or not cloning is morally right while ironically cloning several sequences from other movies. That's a shocker.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


I was fairly apprehensive about seeing the 6th Day, but I was glad I did. The film starts off a bit slow, but it steadily builds up to a riveting, action packed climax. This is the type of film where you don't expect much from its concept, acting and overall enjoyment, but in the end is very well done. There are a few areas where the film could have been improved upon, such as some of the dialogue could have been reworked. As it is, it's an exciting action film with a good cast of actors, and for diehard action film fans, they'll surely enjoy this film. I found this one to be a pleasant surprise, and it's a film that is quite underrated and it doesn't deserve the flack it has received. Fans of Arnold Schwarzenegger will definitely enjoy this, and the story here is well put together and executed. Director Roger Spottiswoode crafts a solid film that deserves a second look. The 6th Day may not be a perfect film, but it definitely is better due to the fact that has some good performances and well executed action scenes that manage to keep you on the edge of your seat. Underrated, and better than expected, The 6th Day is a film that is pure adrenaline from start to finish. Like I stated before, it's a bit of a slow start, but it quickly takes off, and when it does it doesn't let go, and it keeps the thrills coming. This may not be Schwarzenegger's greatest film, but it's nonetheless a fun, entertaining popcorn film that you should see if you enjoy Arnie's work. The film may not be a standout Arnold's career, but it's nonetheless a worthwhile actioner to watch if you have nothing else to watch.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

LOL, must I say how bad this movie is? I remember my mom told me that Koreans were thinking this would be "Terminator 3".... nope. Terminator 3 was better than this garbage. This is the literal tagline to the movie: "You've cloned the wrong man." LOL HAHAHAHA This is a quote from the movie: Evil dude: "You think cloning's evil?!" Arnold Schwarzenegger: "No, I think you're evil." LOL This movie is a comedy, unintentionally.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

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