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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 <jmell@uclink4.berkeley.edu>

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There are ghosts walking among us, looking for help... They have found it. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Reputedly, Haley Joel Osment got the role of Cole Sear for one of three reasons: First, he was best for it. Second, he was the only boy at auditions who wore a tie. Third, M. Night Shyamalan was surprised when he asked Haley Joel Osment if he read his part. Osment replied, "I read it three times last night." Shyamalan was impressed saying, "Wow, you read your part three times?" To which Osment replied, "No, I read *the script* three times." 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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Crazy Credits

The Spanish phrase "I don't want to die" that was played on the tape recorder in Malcolm's office is repeated after the credits. See more »


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I Fall In Love Too Easily
Written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne
Performed by Chet Baker
Courtesy of Blue Note Records, a division of Capitol Records, Inc.
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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One of the films of the Nineties
8 December 1999 | by (London) – See all my reviews

This is perhaps my film of the decade so far. The reasons are too numerous to go into in such a short critique. Surely there have not been too many films that can take you through the range of emotions that the Sixth Sense does. The prime emotion; fear, is a difficult emotion to generate in a modern audience that has seen it all before, but this film succeeds where others fail, praying on your imagination and generating suspense from subtle devices rather than blatant horror.

It is such a relief that the performances of Willis and the excellent Osment live up to an excellently directed quality storyline. I will be disappointed if the youngster doesn't receive at least an academy nomination.

I seldom go to the cinema twice to watch a film, in fact I cannot remember when I have done it before. Tonight I am taking an old friend to see this film as it will be a tragedy if he doesn't see it on the big screen. He has heard so much about it that he is reluctant to go, as I am when something is over-hyped. Just for a change though, here is a film that lives up to its billing and has you thinking about it for weeks to come. As for the twist at the end? Well it totally disorientated me, my mind spinning back throughout the whole film. A fantastic punchline to my film of the year.

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