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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 seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist.

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M. Night Shyamalan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Willis ... Malcolm Crowe
Haley Joel Osment ... Cole Sear
Toni Collette ... Lynn Sear
Olivia Williams ... Anna Crowe
Trevor Morgan ... Tommy Tammisimo
Donnie Wahlberg ... Vincent Gray
Peter Anthony Tambakis ... Darren (as Peter Tambakis)
Jeffrey Zubernis ... Bobby
Bruce Norris Bruce Norris ... Stanley Cunningham
Glenn Fitzgerald ... Sean
Greg Wood ... Mr. Collins
Mischa Barton ... Kyra Collins
Angelica Page ... Mrs. Collins (as Angelica Torn)
Lisa Summerour Lisa Summerour ... Bridesmaid
Firdous Bamji ... Young Man Buying Ring
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Storyline

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Latin | Spanish

Release Date:

6 August 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sixth Sense See more »

Filming Locations:

Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,681,262, 8 August 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$293,506,292

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$672,806,292
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Cole and his mother are sitting in the kitchen, there is a glass on the table that can only be bought in Philadelphia. It originally comes filled with Penn Maid sour cream, which is not readily available anywhere else. See more »

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During the "I See Dead People" scene, Cole is facing Malcolm and a tear runs down his face. When Cole turns away, his face is dry with no trace of a tear. See more »

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[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]
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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 »

Alternate Versions

DVD version features four cut scenes;
  • Cole visits an old man that lost his wife a long time ago and is lonely. Cole finds some diaries that belonged to his wife and the old man is happy.
  • After Malcom hears the voice on the tape recorder he goes back to the old man's house to see if he is doing better, which he is.
  • Cole playing with his figurines: two are underneath a red cloth, Malcom asks Cole why and Cole gives him the men's name, rank, why they were there, and information about their wives.
  • Extendend ending: after Malcom is gone, the camera pans from Anna to the television featuring Malcom on video expressing his love for her.
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One of the best films of 1999!
3 February 2000 | by XophianicSee all my reviews

I am embarrassed to admit that the only reason I saw THE SIXTH SENSE when I did was because THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT was sold out. I hadn't seen BLAIR WITCH yet but I heard great reviews, and of course it was sold out when I went to see it. So my friend and I decided to see THE SIXTH SENSE instead. Not only did it turn out to be a better movie than BLAIR WITCH is, but it turned out to be one of my favorites.

THE SIXTH SENSE is about an award-winning child psychologist Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis), who is depressed because one of his former clients committed suicide because Crowe was unable to help him. Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) is a child that has social problems frighteningly similar to Crowe's old client, so Crowe decides he will try to help this child in order to find redemption. Cole later reveals that this problem goes well beyond normal social problems. He claims to be able to see the ghosts of dead people, but no one else can.

The acting in THE SIXTH SENSE was superb. Olivia Williams does well as Anne Crowe, Willis' depressed wife, and Toni Collette does a great job as Lynn Sear, Osment's loving mother who is very concerned for her child. I think that Bruce Willis is at his very best in this movie, and I happen to be a fan of Willis. But I think that Haley Joel Osment stole the show. He did an amazing job, expressing more combined emotions that most adult actors have to deal with. He is definitely the best child actor I've ever seen, and I am glad that Bruce Willis let him have the spotlight.

The plot is very entertaining, though at times you may wonder where it is going. The ending is the best part of the movie, and it completely changes whatever you originally thought of the whole story line. I applaud the advertisers of THE SIXTH SENSE for not leaving a trace of the surprise ending in the previews of the movie (unlike DOUBLE JEOPARDY) and I certainly will not give it away in this comment. But I will say that it will completely surprise most all of you. (I think many that say that they saw it coming are probably lying.)

THE SIXTH SENSE is one of my favorite movies, and I think it is surely one of the best films of 1999. I hope it wins many Oscars this year, and I recommend that you go out and buy this movie now.


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