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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Six Days Seven Nights (1998)

A fashion magazine editor (Anne Heche) and her boyfriend (David Schwimmer) are on vacation on a small island in the South Pacific. When a work assignment calls her away temporarily, she hires a pilot (Harrison Ford) to take her to the assignment but their plane crashes on an uncharted desert island. Movies about men and women shipwrecked on a desert island have been film fodder since the silent era and movies like DeMille's MALE AND FEMALE (1919). The man and woman are usually antagonists at the beginning but it's only a matter of time till they fall in love and SIX DAYS SEVEN NIGHTS follows the tried and true path. Is there anything fresh here? No, but Ford and Heche make for an attractive couple and there's a nice muted chemistry between them. Add to that the gorgeous tropical location (it was filmed on the Hawaiian island of Kauai) and there are worse ways to while away 90 minutes. This was the movie that was supposed to be Heche's breakout film and make her an A list leading lady but shortly before the film opened her personal life made headlines and it never happened although the film itself was a modest hit. Directed by Ivan Reitman (GHOSTBUSTERS). With Allison Janney, Danny Trejo and Jacqueline Obradors.

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