Six Days, Seven Nights

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Six Days, Seven Nights
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byIvan Reitman
Produced by
Written byMichael Browning
Music by
CinematographyMichael Chapman
Edited by
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures
Release date
  • June 12, 1998 (1998-06-12) (United States)
Running time
98 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$65–70 million[1]
Box office$164.8 million[2]

Six Days, Seven Nights is a 1998 American adventure comedy film directed by Ivan Reitman and starring Harrison Ford and Anne Heche. The screenplay was written by Michael Browning. It was filmed on location in Kauai, and released on June 12, 1998. Despite mixed reviews, the film was a moderate box-office success.


Robin Monroe (Anne Heche) is a New York editor for Dazzle, a fashion magazine. Her boyfriend Frank (David Schwimmer), surprises her with a week-long holiday on Makatea, an island in the South Pacific. The final leg of their journey to Makatea is in a dilapidated de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver, piloted by middle-aged American, Quinn Harris (Harrison Ford). They are accompanied by Quinn's young girlfriend Angelica (Jacqueline Obradors). On their first night on the island, Frank proposes to Robin, who happily accepts. At a bar, a drunken Quinn, who does not recognize Robin, unsuccessfully hits on her.

The next morning, Robin's boss wants her to briefly interrupt her vacation to fly to Tahiti to supervise a fashion event. She hires Quinn to fly her there, but a thunderstorm forces them to crash-land on a deserted island, ripping off the plane's wheel. Quinn believes they are on an island that has a signal beacon on a high hill. If he can disable it, a repair crew will be sent. After climbing a high hill, they discover they are on a different island.

Back on Makatea, Frank and Angelica accompany the aerial search party for their missing partners, but after several days, the search is called off. Frank, believing Robin is dead, gets drunk and sleeps with Angelica after she seduces him.

After spotting two boats moored off the island, Robin and Quinn begin rowing to them in Quinn's raft. They soon realize that pirates have captured and killed one boat's occupants.[3] The pirates see Quinn and Robin and chase them back to the island. The two narrowly escape. While hiding in the jungle, they discover a crashed World War II Japanese float plane. They salvage the pontoons and attach them to Quinn's damaged plane. As they are about to take off, the pirates again begin shelling the beach. The pirates stupidly destroy their own boat while shooting at the plane with a small cannon as it flies overhead. Quinn is injured, but Robin is able to land the plane on Makatea's beach, where their memorial service is in progress. Frank is ecstatic that Robin is alive, but secretly is disgusted with himself for sleeping with Angelica. Robin visits Quinn in the hospital and confesses her feelings for him, but he says their lives are too different.

As Robin and Frank are about to fly back to New York, she tells Frank she does not want to get married. Frank confesses he slept with Angelica and she reveals her feelings for Quinn. They realize they are not in love and Robin returns Frank's engagement ring.

Quinn has a change of heart and rushes to the airport, but is apparently too late. He then encounters Robin getting off the airplane, having stopped the flight. They see each other and embrace.



The film features stunt work with aircraft. The effects were produced without CGI assistance. The crash scene of the de Havilland Beaver was performed with a Huey helicopter suspending the unmanned aircraft with a 200-foot cable with the engine running.[4]

Harrison Ford is a certified pilot and did his own flying in the film, after fulfilling the insurance company's training requirements.[5]


Critical response[edit]

On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 36% based on 39 reviews, with an average rating of 5.42/10. The site's critics consensus states: "A generally enjoyable, if completely forgettable piece of Hollywood fluff."[6] At Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 51 out of 100, based on 23 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[7] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on an A+ to F scale.[8]

Box office[edit]

Six Days, Seven Nights grossed $74.3 million in the United States and Canada, and $90.5 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $164.8 million.

In its opening weekend the film made $16.5 million and finished in second, then made $10.7 million and $7.7 million the following two weekends.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b "So-So Debut for Harrison Ford in 'Six Days, Seven Nights'". Los Angeles Times. June 16, 1998. Retrieved October 29, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Six Days, Seven Nights (1998)". Box Office Mojo. 1998-08-07. Retrieved 2013-05-20.
  3. ^ Hawkes, G; Muecke, S (2003) Culture and Waste: The Creation and Destruction of Value, Rowman & Littlefield, p. 90
  4. ^ Barry Shiff (April 2014). "Steve Stafford". AOPA Pilot: 112.
  5. ^ HARRISON FORD: Just Another Pilot.
  6. ^ "Six Days, Seven Nights (1998)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved December 26, 2012.
  7. ^ "Six Days, Seven Nights Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved December 28, 2012.
  8. ^ "Find CinemaScore" (Type "Six Days" in the search box). CinemaScore. Retrieved October 29, 2020.

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