Six Weeks

Six Weeks

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Tony Bill
Produced by
Screenplay by David Seltzer
Based on Six Weeks
by Fred Mustard Stewart
Music by Dudley Moore
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
  • December 17, 1982 (1982-12-17)
Running time
107 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $6.7 million[1]

Six Weeks is a 1982 American drama film directed by Tony Bill and based on a novel by Fred Mustard Stewart. It stars Dudley Moore and Mary Tyler Moore.

Co-star Katherine Healy was a professional figure skater and a ballerina, both talents demonstrated by her character in the film. Golden Globe nominated actress and ballet dancer Anne Ditchburn choreographed her dance scenes, as well as appeared as an assistant choreographer on camera.


Charlotte Dreyfus, a wealthy cosmetic tycoon and her 12-year-old daughter Nicole, who's dying from leukemia, strike up a sentimental friendship with a California politician, Patrick Dalton. Nicole has decided to abandon all further treatments for the disease because of the treatments' side effects.

Since the girl has only six weeks or less to live, the trio fly to New York City where the daughter skates the ice rink at Rockefeller Center, assumes the lead role of Marie in The Nutcracker with the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center, and sightsees most of the city. During her subway ride returning from her triumphant performance in the Tchaikovsky ballet, she suddenly collapses and dies in her mother's arms, having achieved her lifelong dream.

Charlotte gets on a plane to Paris alone. Patrick writes to her imploring her to keep in touch. There is no reply.



Six Weeks was released on December 17, 1982, in the United States, where it opened in tenth place and grossed $6.7 million.[1]


The film was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards, one for Dudley Moore for Best Score and one for Katherine Healy as Best New Female Star of the Year.[2] However, Mary Tyler Moore's performance earned a Razzie Award nomination for Worst Actress.[3] Roger Ebert later named it one of the worst films of 1982.[4] Gene Siskel however, liked the film, praising the performances from the leads and its go-for-broke sentiment. Ebert later related a story in which Siskel admitted that his review was influenced by his wife's pregnancy.[5]


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  2. "Golden Globe Awards for 'Six Weeks'". Golden Globe Awards. Retrieved May 3, 2016.
  3. Wilson, John (2007). "Third Annual Razzies (1982): Worst Actress". The Official Razzie Movie Guide: Enjoying the Best of Hollywoods Worst. Grand Central Publishing. ISBN 9780446510080.
  4. Varecha, Bob (director) "Stinkers of 1982" (January 14, 1983). Television: At the Movies. Chicago: Tribune Productions, Inc.
  5. Ebert, Roger (July 31, 2007). "Siskel & Ebert & Roeper archived". Retrieved May 3, 2016.

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