The 6th Day

The 6th Day is a 2000 American science fiction action film directed by Roger Spottiswoode and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tony Goldwyn, Michael Rapaport and Robert Duvall. In the film, a family man of the future is illegally cloned by accident as part of a vast conspiracy involving a shady billionaire businessman, and is thrust into a struggle to clear his name and protect his family from the conspirators who seek to keep the cloning a secret. The title refers to the Christian Genesis creation narrative, where God created mankind on the sixth day. The film was Terry Crews' acting debut.

The 6th Day
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRoger Spottiswoode
Produced by
Written byCormac Wibberley & Marianne Wibberley
Music byTrevor Rabin
CinematographyPierre Mignot
Edited by
Distributed bySony Pictures Releasing
Release date
  • October 28, 2000 (2000-10-28) (TIFF)[1]
  • November 17, 2000 (2000-11-17)
Running time
124 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$82 million[2]
Box office$96.1 million[2][3]

Schwarzenegger received a salary of $25 million for his role in the film.[4] The film opened at #4 in North America and made $13 million in its opening weekend.


At some point in the indeterminate 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. Billionaire Michael Drucker, owner of cloning corporation Replacement Technologies, hires charter pilot Adam Gibson and partner Hank Morgan 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, Adam finds that his family dog Oliver has died, and Hank offers to fly Drucker instead to allow Adam time to have the pet cloned by RePet. After visiting a "RePet" shop, he remains unconvinced and purchases an animatronic doll, a SimPal, named Cindy instead (voice by Andrea Libman).

Adam returns home and discovers that not only has Oliver already been cloned, but a purported clone of himself is with his family, along with another SimPal Cindy. Replacement Technologies security agents Marshall, Talia, Vincent and Wiley arrive with the intention of killing Adam. Adam kills Talia and Wiley in the ensuing chase and escapes, but both are later cloned. After the police betray Adam to the security agents, he escapes and seeks refuge at Hank's apartment. Hank hardly believes his story, but when he shows him the clone Adam he helps him. Adam contemplates killing his clone but finds himself unable to do it. A while later, Tripp (whom Adam recognizes from the ski trip) kills Hank and is mortally injured by Adam. Revealed as a religious anti-cloning extremist, Tripp informs Adam that Hank was a clone, since he killed the original one on the mountaintop earlier that day, to be able to kill Drucker, who was also a clone, and there is now a new Drucker clone. Tripp then commits suicide to avoid being captured by Marshall and the others. The agents arrive again and Adam is able to disable Marshall and kill Talia again, and steals her thumb.

Adam sneaks into Replacement Technologies with Talia's thumb and finds Dr. Griffin Weir, the scientist behind Drucker's illegal human-cloning technology. Weir confirms Tripp's story, adding that to resurrect Drucker, the incident had to be covered up and Adam was cloned because they mistakenly believed he had been killed. Weir explains that Drucker – who already died years before – could lose all of his assets if the revelation became public, since clones are devoid of all rights. Sympathetic with Adam's plight, Weir gives him a memory disk (syncording) of the Drucker clone but warns him that Drucker may go after the other Adam instead, putting Adam's family in danger. Weir also 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 resigns. Drucker shoots him dead while promising to clone both him and his wife.

Drucker's agents abduct the Gibson family and Adam comes face to face with his clone. The two reluctantly team up and devise a plan to destroy Drucker's facility. While Adam wrecks the security system and gets himself captured, the clone sneaks in, plants a bomb and rescues his family. Drucker, however, tells Adam that he himself is the clone; the other Adam is the original one. Enraged, Adam fights off Drucker's agents and Drucker is mortally wounded while Talia, Wiley, Vincent and Marshall are killed for the final time. Drucker manages to clone himself before he dies but the malfunctioning equipment causes the new Drucker to be incomplete. As the cloned Adam fights his way to the rooftop, he is rescued via helicopter by the real one as Drucker falls to his death before the facility explodes.

Now having a more moderate view of cloning, the real Adam 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, since he was of no political value to Drucker. As a parting gift to the Gibson family, the clone gives them Hank's RePet cat, Sadie. The real Adam gives the clone a flying send-off.



The 6th Day was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[5]


The 6th Day premiered at the Tokyo International Film Festival.[1] It was released theatrically on November 17, 2000. Box Office Mojo reports the worldwide gross at $96,085,477,[2] while Variety reports $116 million.[3]

Home video releases

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

Release DateTerritoryFormatNotes
March 27, 2001U.S. and CanadaDVDCancelled
May 27, 2001U.S. and CanadaVHSCancelled
June 22, 2001JapanLaserDiscCancelled
June 3, 2003U.S. and CanadaDVDSpecial Edition
December 15, 2003U.S. and CanadaDVDSchwarzenegger 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. It includes two featurettes but lacks the commentary from the DVD release.[6]


On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 41% based on reviews from 116 critics, with an average rating of 5.21/10. The site's consensus reads: "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."[7] On Metacritic the film has a score of 49 out of 100 based on reviews from 30 critics.[8] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "C" on an A+ to F scale.[9]

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave The 6th Day three out of four stars, remarking that it is not in the same league as Total Recall and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, but that it nevertheless qualifies as a serious science fiction film. He also found problems with the cloning as depicted in film, saying that "[his] problem with both processes is that while the resulting clone ... might know everything I know ... I myself would still be over here in the old container."[10] Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times disliked the generic appearance of the film and Schwarzenegger's typecasting as an action hero.[11] Turan gave the film two out of five stars.[7] [12]

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 all three to Battlefield Earth.[13] The film was also nominated four times at the 27th Saturn Awards,[14] but lost to X-Men for Best Actor and Best Science Fiction Film, Hollow Man for Best Special Effects and How the Grinch Stole Christmas for Best Make-Up.

See also


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  3. Harris, Dana (2002-07-17). "Arnold tells Morris agency hasta la vista". Variety. Retrieved 2014-08-01.
  4. Grover, Ronald (2002-01-25). "Schwarzenegger Flexes Some Muscle". BusinessWeek. Retrieved 2017-04-07.
  5. Barbara Vancheri (November 17, 2000). "Schwarzenegger battles the bad clone guys in 'The 6th Day'". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "The 6th Day," shot mainly in Vancouver
  6. Jane, Ian (2008-04-16). "The 6th Day (Blu-ray)". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2014-08-01.
  7. "The 6th Day (2000)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2014-08-01.
  8. "The 6th Day". Metacritic.
  9. "Cinemascore". CinemaScore. Archived from the original on 2018-12-20.
  10. Ebert, Roger (17 November 2000). "The 6th Day". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2015-02-18.
  11. Turan, Kenneth (17 November 2000). "Arnold Lands in a Double Bind". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2015-02-18.
  12. McCarthy, Todd (10 November 2000). "The 6th Day". Variety.
  13. Armstrong, Mark (2001-02-12). "News/Raspberry "Battlefields" Forever". E! Online. Retrieved 2014-08-01.
  14. "X-Men Leads Sci-fi Awards Pack". ABC News. 2001-04-04. Retrieved 2014-08-01.
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