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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Darren (as Peter Tambakis)
Bruce Norris ...
Greg Wood ...
Mrs. Collins (as Angelica Torn)


Malcom Crowe (Bruce Willis)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 (Donnie Wahlberg) . This boy "sees dead people". Crowe spends a lot of time with the boy much to the dismay of his wife (Olivia Williams). Cole's mom (Toni Collette) 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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Can You Keep the Secret? 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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


First film to feature the new logos of the Philadelphia Eagles and 76ers, starting in 1996 and 1997, respectively. See more »


The first time Malcolm meets with Cole, right before they leave, Malcolm's arm is on the back of the pew from Cole's point of view, but from Malcolm's point of view, it is down. Right after Cole grabs the statue of Jesus, he puts his arm up again. 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 »


Referenced in Supernatural: Asylum (2005) See more »


Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 32, D.667, 'Trout' Andante (Tema con Variazoni)
Written by Franz Schubert
Performed by The Colorado String Quartet
Courtesy of Laserlight
By Arrangement with Source/Q
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User Reviews

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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