Feature: Film Guide
The Six Degrees of Indiana Jones Summer Film GuideWay back in 1999, the Alibi dedicated its entire Summer Film Guide to the release of Star Wars: Episode 1—The Phantom Menace. In a fit of fanboy enthusiasm, Film Editor Devin D. O’Leary created the now-legendary “Six Degrees of Luke Skywalker Summer Film Guide” in which he linked every single film released that summer to actor Mark Hamill through six actors or less.
This year marks the release of yet another historic sequel, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. How better to celebrate this bit of moviegoing good fortune than to link every summer 2008 film to the immortal Mr. Harrison Ford? So go ahead, map out all your essential movie-viewing between Memorial Day and Labor Day—and observe how Harrison Ford holds Hollywood together with his near-mystical powers of connectivity.
Keep in mind: All release dates are subject to change.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
The globe-hopping archaeologist is back, battling Commies for an ancient Mayan treasure (with possible connections to Roswell, N.M.).
Stars: Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf, Karen Allen
Six Degrees: N/A
The Children of Huang Shi
A young British journalist teams with a courageous Australian nurse to save a group of orphans during the Japanese occupation of China in 1937.
Stars: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Chow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeoh
Six Degrees: Chow Yun-Fat to Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End), Johnny Depp to Emmanuelle Seigner (The Ninth Gate), Emmanuelle Seigner to Harrison Ford (Frantic)
Director Uwe Boll (BloodRayne, Alone in the Dark, House of the Dead) is back in the video game realm, adapting this violent parody of the mildly popular first-person shooter.
Stars: Zack Ward, Dave Foley, J.K. Simmons
Six Degrees: J.K. Simmons to Virginia Madsen (Astronaut Farmer), Virginia Madsen to Harrison Ford (Firewall)
Sex and the City: The Movie
The girls from the TV series are back and one of them (Parker, of course) is getting married.
Stars: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis
Six Degrees: Kim Cattrall to Steve Guttenberg (Police Academy), Steve Guttenberg to Carrie Fisher (Amazon Women on the Moon), Carrie Fisher to Harrison Ford (Star Wars, Episode 4: A New Hope)
Three mysterious assailants terrorize a young couple staying in an isolated vacation home.
Stars: Liv Tyler, Scott Speedman
Six Degrees: Liv Tyler to Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings), Sean Bean to Harrison Ford (Patriot Games)
The Foot Fist Way
An unhappy tae kwon do instructor goes on a quest to meet his martial arts hero in this low-budget comedy.
Stars: Danny R. McBride
Six Degrees: Danny R. McBride to Owen Wilson (Drillbit Taylor), Owen Wilson to Willem Dafoe (The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou), Willem Dafoe to Harrison Ford (Clear and Present Danger)
Set in 1972, this period film dramatizes the shocking, true-life Barbara Daly Baekeland murder case, a high-class scandal on both sides of the Atlantic.
Stars: Julianne Moore, Stephen Dillane
Six Degrees: Julianne Moore to Harrison Ford (The Fugitive)
Inspired by a true story, this grim thriller follows a young nurse who plows into a man with her car, panics and leaves him to perish in her garage—still attached to her windshield.
Stars: Mena Suvari, Stephen Rea
Six Degrees: Mena Suvari to Annette Bening (American Beauty), Annette Bening to Harrison Ford (Regarding Henry)
Kung Fu Panda
In this CGI toon, a lazy panda is chosen to defend his peaceful valley when evil invaders threaten animals’ way of life.
Stars: Jackie Chan, Jack Black, Angelina Jolie
Six Degrees: Jackie Chan to Chris Tucker (Rush Hour), Chris Tucker to Robert Forster (Jackie Brown), Robert Forster to Harrison Ford (Firewall)
You Don't Mess with the Zohan
Adam Sandler is a deadly Mossad agent who fakes his own death so he can realize his dream of opening a hair salon in New York City.
Stars: Adam Sandler, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Rob Schneider
Six Degrees: Emmanuelle Chriqui to Danny Trejo (The Crow: Wicked Prayer), Danny Trejo to Harrison Ford (Six Days Seven Nights)
This lavish, Kazakhstan-shot biopic about the early life of Genghis Khan was nominated for an Oscar earlier this year.
Stars: Tadanobu Asano
Six Degrees: Tadanobu Asano to Ryo Kase (Funky Forest: The First Contact), Ryo Kase to Chiaki Kuriyama (Scrap Heaven), Chiaki Kuriyama to Daryl Hannah (Kill Bill: Volume 1), Daryl Hannah to Harrison Ford (Blade Runner)
Two idiotic assistant managers at a corporate-owned grocery store engage in a slapstick battle for a coveted promotion.
Stars: Seann William Scott, John C. Reilly
Six Degrees: Seann William Scott to Ashton Kutcher (Dude, Where's My Car?), Ashton Kutcher to Bonnie Hunt (Cheaper by the Dozen), Bonnie Hunt to Harrison Ford (Random Hearts)
When Did You Last See Your Father?
Based on Blake Morrison’s autobiographical novel, a writer tries to work through his conflicted relationship with his dying father.
Stars: Jim Broadbent, Colin Firth
Six Degrees: Jim Broadbent to Timothy Spall (Topsy-Turvy), Timothy Spall to Michael Gambon (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince), Michael Gambon to Helen Mirren (Gosford Park), Helen Mirren to Harrison Ford (The Mosquito Coast)
M. Night Shyamalan (Signs, Lady in the Water) tries again to deliver a mysterious, twist-filled sci-fi film—this one about a natural crisis that threatens to wipe out all of humanity.
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel, Betty Buckley
Six Degrees: Betty Buckley to Harrison Ford (Frantic)
The Incredible Hulk
After his last, somewhat lackadaisical outing, the Hulk is back with a new face (Edward Norton) and a new enemy, the monstrous Abomination.
Stars: Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth
Six Degrees: Edward Norton to Charlize Theron (The Italian Job), Charlize Theron to Tommy Lee Jones (In The Valley of Elah), Tommy Lee Jones to Harrison Ford (The Fugitive)
The classic TV comedy is back, complete with bumbling superspy Maxwell Smart (Steve Carell) and Agent 99 (Anne Hathaway).
Stars: Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson
Six Degrees: Anne Hathaway to Heath Ledger (Brokeback Mountain), Heath Ledger to Matt Damon (The Brothers Grimm), Matt Damon to Brad Pitt (Ocean’s Eleven), Brad Pitt to Harrison Ford (The Devil’s Own)
The Love Guru
Funnyman Mike Myers tries out a new character, an American raised in India who tries to sort out the romantic troubles of a star hockey player.
Stars: Mike Myers, Jessica Alba, Justin Timberlake
Six Degrees: Mike Myers to Michael York (Austin Powers), Michael York to Christopher Lee (The Three Musketeers), Christopher Lee to Roger Moore (The Man with the Golden Gun), Roger Moore to Barbara Bach (The Spy Who Loved Me), Barbara Bach to Harrison Ford (Force 10 From Navarone)
Pixar’s newest animated film follows the adventures of a lonely garbage-picking robot left behind on the abandoned remains of Earth.
Stars: Sigourney Weaver, John Ratzenberger, Kathy Najimy
Six Degrees: Sigourney Weaver to Harrison Ford (Working Girl)
Based on the comic book by Mark Millar, an apathetic young nobody learns he’s the heir to a secret society of super-powered assassins.
Stars: Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy, Terence Stamp
Six Degrees: Angelina Jolie to Robert Duvall (Gone in 60 Seconds), Robert Duvall to Harrison Ford (Apocalypse Now)
An unpopular, down-on-his-luck superhero tries to mend his credibility with the help of a public relations guy.
Stars: Will Smith, Jason Bateman, Charlize Theron
Six Degrees: Jason Bateman to Allison Janney (Juno), Allison Janney to Harrison Ford (Six Days Seven Nights)
Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
The popular line of historical dolls comes to life on the big screen with this Depression Era tale about a young girl investigating a mystery at her family’s Chicago boarding house.
Stars: Abigail Breslin, Joan Cusack, Julia Ormond
Six Degrees: Julia Ormond to Harrison Ford (Sabrina)
A teen spends his last summer before college trading dope to his shrink for therapy and crushing on the older dude’s stepdaughter.
Stars: Josh Peck, Ben Kingsley, Mary Kate Olsen
Six Degrees: Ben Kingsley to Jennifer Connelly (House of Sand and Fog), Jennifer Connelly to Paul Bettany (A Beautiful Mind), Paul Bettany to Harrison Ford (Firewall)
Hellboy II: The Golden Army
The evil-bashing demon returns with his superpowered pals to stop a mystical rebellion from destroying Earth.
Stars: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair
Six Degrees: Ron Perlman to Anjelica Huston (Ice Pirates), Anjelica Huston to Raul Julia (The Addams Family), Raul Julia to Harrison Ford (Presumed Innocent)
Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D
Warner Bros. brings Jules Verne’s classic adventure tale to the modern era by shooting it in three whole dimensions
Stars: Brendan Fraser
Six Degrees: Brendan Fraser to Ian McKellan (God and Monsters), Ian McKellan to Miranda Otto (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers), Miranda Otto to Harrison Ford (What Lies Beneath)
Dave is no ordinary man: In fact, he’s a man-shaped spaceship piloted by tiny aliens who hope to gather precious information about human culture.
Stars: Eddie Murphy, Elizabeth Banks, Gabrielle Union
Six Degrees: Eddie Murphy to Robert De Niro (Showtime), Robert De Niro to Uma Thurman (Mad Dog and Glory), Uma Thurman to Sean Connery (The Avengers), Sean Connery to Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade)
Larry Charles (“Seinfeld,” “Curb Your Enthusiam”) heads this documentary examination into the current state of world religion by left-wing comedian Bill Maher.
Stars: Bill Maher
Six Degrees: Bill Maher to Mr. T (D.C. Cab), Mr. T to Carl Weathers (Rocky III), Carl Weathers to Harrison Ford (Force 10 from Navarone)
The Dark Knight
Batman Begins gets a much-anticipated sequel featuring the late Heath Ledger as the super-psychotic Joker.
Stars: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart
Six Degrees: Christian Bale to Scarlett Johansson (The Prestige), Scarlett Johansson to Thora Birch (Ghost World), Thora Birch to Harrison Ford (Clear and Present Danger)
The smash hit stage play featuring a wedding and a whole crapload of ABBA songs goes Hollywood.
Stars: Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Amanda Seyfried
Six Degrees: Meryl Streep to Glenn Close (Evening), Glenn Close to Harrison Ford (Air Force One)
The CGI toons keep coming with this adventurous tale about the grandson of the first chimp astronaut, who gets blasted into space and ends up on an alien planet.
Stars: Andy Samberg, Patrick Warburton, Jeff Daniels
Six Degrees: Jeff Daniels to Melanie Griffith (Something Wild), Melanie Griffith to Harrison Ford (Working Girl)
Following a string of controversial film fest screenings, this indie drama about a troubled young girl who finds salvation in the music of Elvis Presley finally hits the cineplexes.
Stars: Dakota Fanning, Piper Laurie
Six Degrees: Dakota Fanning to Denzel Washington (Man on Fire), Denzel Washington to Morgan Freeman (Glory), Morgan Freeman to Jack Nicholson (The Bucket List), Jack Nicholson to Michelle Pfeiffer (Wolf), Michelle Pfeiffer to Harrison Ford (What Lies Beneath)
Fred Durst (yeah, the dude from Limp Bizkit) directs this true-life sports drama about the first girl to play in a Pop Warner football tournament.
Stars: Ice Cube, Keke Palmer
Six Degrees: Ice Cube to Bill Paxton (Trespass), Bill Paxton to Clint Howard (Apollo 13), Clint Howard to Ron Howard (Grand Theft Auto), Ron Howard to Harrison Ford (American Graffiti)
Two spoiled, live-at-home men spark a middle-aged sibling rivalry when their older single parents decide to get married.
Stars: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly
Six Degrees: John C. Reilly to Cate Blanchett (The Aviator), Cate Blanchett to Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull)
The X Files: I Want To Believe
Six years after they went off the air, FBI agents Mulder and Scully return for another investigation into the paranormal.
Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson
Six Degrees: Gillian Anderson to Dan Aykroyd (House of Mirth), Dan Aykroyd to Josh Hartnett (Pearl Harbor), Josh Hartnett to Harrison Ford (Hollywood Homicide)
A young ex-con is released after serving a prison sentence for a murder he committed as a child.
Stars: Andrew Garfield, Peter Mullan
Six Degrees: Andrew Garfield to Robert Redford (Lions for Lambs), Robert Redford to George Segal (The Hot Rock), George Segal to Elliot Gould (California Split), Elliot Gould to Donald Sutherland (M*A*S*H*), Donald Sutherland to Lesley-Anne Down (The Great Train Robbery), Lesley-Anne Down to Harrison Ford (Hanover Street)
Evelyn Waugh’s World War II rememberance gets another classy costume pic treatment.
Stars: Emma Thompson, Michael Gambon, Greta Scacchi, Matthew Goode
Six Degrees: Gretta Scacchi to Harrison Ford (Presumed Innocent)
Henry Poole Is Here
A depressed man ditches his fiancée and his family business only to discover a “miraculous” stain on his wall, which soon attracts the attention of the Catholic faithful.
Stars: Luke Wilson, Radha Mitchell
Six Degrees: Luke Wilson to Drew Barrymore (Home Fries), Drew Barrymore to Julia Roberts (Everybody Says I Love You), Julia Roberts to Julia Stiles (Mona Lisa Smile), Julia Stiles to Harrison Ford (The Devil’s Own)
He’s Just Not That Into You
This Baltimore-set comedy exposes the challenges of reading or misreading human behavior through a series of interconnecting stories.
Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Connelly, Ben Affleck, Drew Barrymore
Six Degrees: Ben Affleck to Jennifer Lopez, (Gigli), Jennifer Lopez to Jon Voight (Anaconda), Jon Voight to Dustin Hoffman (Midnight Cowboy), Dustin Hoffman to Al Pacino (Dick Tracy), Al Pacino to Karen Allen (Cruising), Karen Allen to Harrison Ford (Raiders of the Lost Ark)
Midnight Meat Train
Yes, that title comes from one of Clive Barker’s infamous Books of Blood. It’s based on the short story about a New York photographer hunting down a serial killer and is directed by Japanese madman Ryuhei Kitamura (Versus, Azumi).
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Vinnie Jones
Six Degrees: Vinnie Jones to Ewen Bremner (Snatch), Ewen Bremner to Ewan McGregor (Trainspotting), Ewan McGregor to Anthony Daniels (Star Wars: Episode 1--The Phantom Menace), Anthony Daniels to Harrison Ford (Star Wars: Episode 4--A New Hope)
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
Mummy-busting Brendan Fraser is back, only this time he’s in China!
Stars: Brendan Fraser, Maria Bello
Six Degrees: Maria Bello to Viggo Mortensen (A History of Violence), Viggo Mortensen to John Rhys-Davies (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring), John Rhys-Davies to Harrison Ford (Raiders of the Lost Ark)
The drummer for a washed-up ’80s hair band tries to join his nephew’s high school band.
Stars: Rainn Wilson, Christina Applegate
Six Degrees: Rainn Wilson to J.K. Simmons (Juno), J.K. Simmons to Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2), Alfred Molina to Harrison Ford (Raiders of the Lost Ark)
A contentious presidential election comes down to one man’s vote in a tiny New Mexico town.
Stars: Kevin Costner, Kelsey Grammer, Dennis Hopper
Six Degrees: Kevin Costner to Susan Sarandon (Bull Durham), Susan Sarandon to Billy Bob Thornton (Mr. Woodcock), Billy Bob Thornton to Greg Kinnear (The Bad News Bears), Greg Kinnear to Harrison Ford (Sabrina)
A sex-addicted con-man fakes asphyxiation in restaurants to pay for his mother’s hospital bills. Based on the twisted novel by Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club).
Stars: Sam Rockwell, Anjelica Huston
Six Degrees: Sam Rockwell to George Clooney (Confessions of a Dangerous Mind), George Clooney to Don Cheadle (Ocean’s Eleven), Don Cheadle to Sandra Bullock (Crash), Sandra Bullock to Liam Neeson (Gun Shy), Liam Neeson to Harrison Ford (K-19: The Widowmaker)
Two struggling single mothers—one white, one Mohawk Indian—are drawn into the world of cross-border smuggling between New York and Quebec.
Stars: Melissa Leo, Misty Upham, Michael O’Keefe
Six Degrees: Michael O’Keefe to Robert Duvall (The Great Santini), Robert Duvall to Harrison Ford (Apocalypse Now)
The Pineapple Express
More yocks from that Judd Apatow machine: A stoner and his dealer are forced to go on the run from the police after they witness a cop commit a murder.
Stars: Seth Rogan, James Franco
Six Degrees: Seth Rogan to Steve Carell (The 40-Year-Old Virgin), Steve Carell to Jim Carrey (Bruce Almighty), Jim Carrey to Lauren Holly (Dumb & Dumber), Lauren Holly to Harrison Ford (Sabrina)
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
Four best girlfriends share life, love and—apparently—more pants.
Stars: America Ferrera, Amber Tamblyn, Alexis Bledel
Six Degrees: Alexis Bledel to Bruce Willis (Sin City), Bruce Willis to Alexander Godunov (Die Hard), Alexander Godunov to Harrison Ford (Witness)
The exploitative ’60s biker flick gets a reboot with the help of the Weinstein brothers and Quentin Tarantino. Hell, it worked for Grindhouse. Oh, wait, it didn’t.
Stars: Dennis Hopper, Michael Madsen, Vinnie Jones
Six Degrees: Dennis Hopper to Gene Hackman (Hoosiers), Gene Hackman to Harrison Ford (The Conversation)
A mall security guard discovers an eerie supernatural secret involving the mirrors at a particular deparment store.
Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Amy Smart
Six Degrees: Kiefer Sutherland to Lou Diamond Phillips (Young Guns), Lou Diamond Phillips to Harrison Ford (Hollywood Homicide)
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
George Lucas is releasing the first episode of his new CGI “Star Wars” TV series to theaters this summer for a sneak peek.
Stars: Anthony Daniels, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Kane
Six Degrees: Anthony Daniels to Harrison Ford (Star Wars: Episode 5--The Empire Strikes Back)
A group of committed actors shooting a war movie find themselves living out their characters for real when they cross a group of dangerous drug runners.
Stars: Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., Jack Black
Six Degrees: Ben Stiller to Greg Kinnear (Mystery Men), Greg Kinnear to Harrison Ford (Sabrina)
A young Arab-American girl struggles with her sexual obsession and her strict father during the Gulf War. Based on Alicia Erian’s novel.
Stars: Summer Bishil, Aaron Eckhart, Toni Collette, Maria Bello
Six Degrees: Aaron Eckhart to Helen Mirren (The Pledge), Helen Mirren to Harrison Ford (The Mosquito Coast)
The Accidental Husband
When a radio talk show host advises one of her listeners to break up with his girlfriend, the jilted ex sets out for revenge by secretly “marrying” the host and her ex-boyfriend.
Stars: Uma Thurman, Colin Firth, Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Six Degrees: Colin Firth to Renée Zellweger (Bridget Jones), Renée Zellweger to Tom Cruise (Jerry Maguire), Tom Cruise to Kristin Scott Thomas (Mission: Impossible), Kristin Scott Thomas to Harrison Ford (Random Hearts)
In this remake of a popular Asian action film, a hit man pulls off a series of dangerous overseas jobs while falling for a local Thai woman.
Stars: Nicolas Cage
Six Degrees: Nicolas Cage to Robert Duvall (Gone in 60 Seconds), Robert Duvall to Marlon Brando (The Godfather), Marlon Brando to Harrison Ford (Apocalypse Now)
The House Bunny
A bubbly blonde Playboy Bunny gets kicked out of the Playboy Mansion and becomes house mother for a gaggle of socially inept sorority gals.
Stars: Anna Faris, Emma Stone, Colin Hanks
Six Degrees: Colin Hanks to Diane Lane (Untraceable), Diane Lane to Tom Cruise (The Outsiders), Tom Cruise to Ving Rhames (Mission: Impossible), Ving Rhames to Rosanna Arquette (Pulp Fiction), Rosanna Arquette to Teri Garr (After Hours), Teri Garr to Harrison Ford (The Conversation)
A rebellious Malibu princess is shipped off to a strict English boarding school by her father in this comedy romance.
Stars: Emma Roberts, Natasha Richardson, Aidan Quinn
Six Degrees: Natasha Richardson to Dennis Quaid (The Parent Trap), Dennis Quaid to Kate Capshaw (Dreamscape), Kate Capshaw to Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom)
This multi-character drama examines immigrants of different nationalities struggling to achieve legal status in Los Angeles.
Stars: Harrison Ford, Sean Penn, Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd
Six Degrees: N/A
Fly Me to the Moon
Three houseflies stow away on the historic Apollo 11 flight to the moon. And, yes, it’s another CGI cartoon.
Stars: Buzz Aldrin, Adrienne Barbeau, Ed Begley Jr., Tim Curry
Six Degrees: Tim Curry to Alec Baldwin (The Shadow), Alec Baldwin to Harrison Ford (Working Girl)
A clueless high school drama teacher tries to save his program by penning a politically incorrect musical sequel to Shakespeare’s classic play.
Stars: Steve Coogan, Catherine Keener, David Arquette
Six Degrees: Steve Coogan to Kirsten Dunst (Marie Antoinette), Kirsten Dunst to Brad Pitt (Interview With the Vampire), Brad Pitt to Juliette Lewis (Kalifornia), Juliette Lewis to Gary Oldman (Romeo is Bleeding), Gary Oldman to Harrison Ford (Air Force One)
In this adaptation of a futuristic French comic strip, a mercenary takes a high-risk job escorting a woman from Russia to China so she can give birth to a genetically modified messiah.
Stars: Vin Diesel, Michelle Yeoh, Charlotte Rampling
Six Degrees: Vin Diesel to Samuel L. Jackson (xXx), Samuel L. Jackson to Harrison Ford (Patriot Games)
Three high school seniors visit the local college campus as prospective freshmen. Hijinks ensue.
Stars: Drake Bell, Kevin Covais
Six Degrees: Drake Bell to Rene Russo (Yours, Mine and Ours), Rene Russo to Al Pacino (Two for the Money), Al Pacino to Robert De Niro (Heat), Robert De Niro to Jonathan Pryce (Ronin), Jonathan Pryce to Gene Wilder (Haunted Honeymoon), Gene Wilder to Harrison Ford (The Frisco Kid)
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Woody Allen’s newest is about a Spanish painter who enters a relationship with two American tourists.
Stars: Javier Bardem, Scarlett Johansson, Penélope Cruz
Six Degrees: Penélope Cruz to Charles S. Dutton (Gothika), Charles S. Dutton to Sigourney Weaver (Alien 3), Sigourney Weaver to Henry Winkler (Holes), Henry Winkler to Harrison Ford (Heroes)
A special operative working with a terrorist group becomes an accidental CIA target.
Stars: Guy Pearce, Don Cheadle, Jeff Daniels
Six Degrees: Guy Pearce to Joe Pantoliano (Memento), Joe Pantoliano to Harrison Ford (The Fugitive)