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Six Degrees Movie Game #1

Kevin Baconby Dave Umbricht

Being a movie geek can be a burden some times.  The more you know, the more you want to share that knowledge.  Unfortunately, there are so few mainstream outlets, because most people could care less.  That is why there was a beautiful period in the 90’s when a movie trivia game became all the rage at parties.

Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon

Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon was a simple game. Players needed to link Kevin Bacon to another actor by using movies.  Why Kevin Bacon?  He had a vast enough filmography that you could easily link him to anyone in six movies or less.  The idea was to link them in as few movies as possible.

For example, if someone said John Wayne.  You could say Kevin Bacon was in Mystic River with Sean Penn who was in Casualties of War with Michael J. Fox who was in Back to the Future with Christopher Lloyd who was in Suburban Commando with Shelley Duvall who was in The Shining with Scatman Crothers who was in The Shootist with John Wayne.  That is six.

It’s time for a new game

Now the more movies Kevin Bacon made, the easier the game became.  So I say, “no mas”, time to play a new game.  Let’s expand this to all the far flung reaches of filmdom.  Each week I will give two people to connect.  The goal remains to connect them in as few movies as possible.  However, that is only part of the fun.  Bonus points are given for creativity, obscurity and downright odd movie choices.  Also, try not to use (like I did in the above example).  It will be a lot more fun.

A different theme every week

Each week will have a different theme.  I will also have an end movie in mind.  See if you can guess that.  There may also be weeks where I give bonus challenges – for example, use a famed rock musician as part of your chain (this may or may not be a hint to what I was thinking today).

But for today, let’s start simple and celebrate the 80’s mustache.



Sam Elliot

Sam Elliot


Tom Selleck

Tom Selleck

Post your chains in the comment section below and let’s have some fun!

Dave Umbricht loves his family, movies and the NBA (in that order). His unexplainable, genetic attraction to movies flourished in the early ’80s thanks to Siskel and Ebert. It’s also believed Dave was the only 8-year-old to know of My Dinner with Andre, even though he didn’t see it until he was 28. In the ’90s he wrote three awful screenplays, including next summer’s Cowboys and Aliens (or at least a script with the same title). He still can’t dunk a basketball.

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About Dave Umbricht

Dave Umbricht is a self proclaimed "guy who knows a couple of things". However, he has never claimed to know them well. Genetically predisposed to love movies, at age ten he felt really cool being the only fourth grader who knew of the film "My Dinner with Andre", thanks to Siskel & Ebert. For the next twenty years he pretended to have seen the movie until he finally watched it at age 28 and understood what all the fuss was about. He attempted to watch all of the films on Ebert's Great Movies list by age 40. He failed.

18 comments for “Six Degrees Movie Game #1

  1. mags
    March 19, 2011 at 7:37 am

    Sam Elliott was in roadhouse with Patrick swayze who was in the outsiders with Matt Dillon who was in In and Out with tom selleck. Simples!!!

    • March 19, 2011 at 2:24 pm

      Maggie, I really dig that it goes from the kick-ass awesomeness of Roadhouse to the wacky hijinks of In and Out! The real question is: Does anyone have any more connections? 🙂

  2. Ian
    March 19, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Elliott was in SIBLING RIVALRY with Kirstie Alley who was in RUNAWAY with Selleck.

    • March 19, 2011 at 2:23 pm

      Ian, dude, seriously you got it in one freakin’ move! That’s awesome! 🙂

  3. March 19, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Sam Elliot was in GHOST RIDER with Eva Mendes who was in HITCH with Will Smith, who was in WILD WILD WEST with Kevin Kline, who was in IN AND OUT with Tom Selleck!

    • March 19, 2011 at 2:22 pm

      That’s an awesome connection Twauna! 🙂

  4. March 19, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Holy nutcracker!! This is a grrrreat game, Joel! Loves it! 🙂

    • March 19, 2011 at 2:22 pm

      Glad you like it Kim! It’s gonna be a regular feature thanks to Dave! 🙂

  5. zoozli
    March 19, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    time to play a new game
    so cool trivia game

    • March 20, 2011 at 4:35 pm

      Hi Zoozli, So Glad you like it! 🙂

  6. Chris
    March 20, 2011 at 12:31 am

    Sam Elliot was in “Mask” with Eric Stoltz, who was in “Say Anything” with Joan Cusack, who was in “In & Out” with Tom Selleck.

  7. Nathan
    March 21, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Sam Elliot/Nic Cage – Ghost Rider
    Nic Cage/Kathleen Turner – Peggy Sue Got Married
    Kathleen Turner/Michael Douglas – Romancing the Stone
    Michael Douglas/Charlie Sheen – Wall Street
    Charlie Sheen/Dennis Haysbert – Major Leaugue
    Dennis Haysbert/Tom Selleck – Mr. Baseball

    I’m just happy I could include Nic Cage in this.

  8. March 21, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Great work everyone – I’ll have to come up with some more difficult twists for next week’s edition. Here is a chain featuring some of the movies mentioned here on the site last week (the chain had to be more than six movies):

    Sam Elliot
    was in Tombstone with Charlton Heston
    who was in Airport 1975 with Beverly Garland
    who was in Alligator People with Bruce Bennett
    who was in The Outsider with Tony Curtis
    who was in The Last Tycoon with Robert DeNiro
    who was in Raging Bull with Cathy Moriarty
    who was in Neighbors with Dan Aykroyd
    who was in Blues Brothers 2000 with John Goodman
    who was in O Brother, Where Art Thou? with Christy Taylor
    who was in … And God Spoke with Andy Dick
    who was in Cable guy with Jim Carrey
    who was in Liar Liar with Randall “Tex” Cobb
    who was in Blind Fury with Rutger Hauer
    who was in Wanted Dead or Alive with Gene Simmons
    who was in Runaway with
    Tom Selleck

  9. April 20, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Being old(ish) is really helpful with these things.
    I was thinking it would be possible to connect Lou Gossett Jr. (from IRON EAGLE) directly to Cruise, but somehow they’ve never worked together. 😀 Thank you for this post!

  10. dave
    December 9, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Both were in the Sacketts a TV movie

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