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The Sixth Sense (1999)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller  |  6 August 1999 (USA)
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A boy who communicates with spirits that don't know they're dead seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist.


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Malcom Crowe is a child psychologist who receives an award on the same night that he is visited by a very unhappy ex-patient. After this encounter, Crowe takes on the task of curing a young boy with the same ills as the ex-patient. This boy "sees dead people". Crowe spends a lot of time with the boy (Cole) much to the dismay of his wife. Cole's mom is at her wit's end with what to do about her son's increasing problems. Crowe is the boy's only hope. Written by Jeff Mellinger <>

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Rated PG-13 for intense thematic material and violent images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 August 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El sexto sentido  »

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Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$26,681,262 (USA) (6 August 1999)


$293,501,675 (USA) (12 May 2000)

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Liam Aiken turned down the role of Cole Sear. See more »


Cole has a light blond patch of hair on the back of his head. While it is normally on the right side, when he sits next to Kyra's sister on the swing it is suddenly on the left side. See more »


[first lines]
Anna Crowe: It's getting cold.
Malcolm Crowe: That is one fine frame; one fine frame that is. How much...
[he sits down with a grunt]
Malcolm Crowe: ...does a fine frame like that cost, do you think?
Anna Crowe: I never told you, but you sound a little like Dr. Seuss when you're drunk.
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A movie that will not be outclassed in its genre for years to come
4 December 1999 | by (Logan, Utah) – See all my reviews

When I first saw The Sixth Sense, I didn't know what to expect. I guess I was looking forward to a good scary horror flick. I was very surprised. I found that the purpose for this movie was far greater than just trying to scare the audience. I found this movie was showing not only the emotions of fear, but also faith, commitment, sadness of loss, and love. The end was so surprising, I had to see it again. The second time I watched it, I did it from a totally different perspective (this is a very rare quality for any movie), and I enjoyed it just as much, or maybe even more. I also, as many viewers have, tried to detect fallacies in the story. I couldn't find one. In addition, for those that appreciate great soundtracks, the music only helps to heighten the experience of the movie.

I believe that a great movie is one that helps the viewer perceive life and the world differently. The Sixth Sense is one of those extraordinary movies that does that to me. This movie reflects on some difficult subjects that will make the viewer walk away asking eternal questions. Questions about death, about letting go, about eternal love and commitment, about the love between parent and child, and between husband and wife. Maybe I read too much into this very wonderful film, but I believe it will be difficult to find a movie that has touched on these subjects so poignantly and so well for years to come.

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