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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 ... 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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

This was the first of two movies that Bruce Willis owed Disney, after he caused another production, "The Broadway Brawler," to be shut down, due to him firing the director. He also was paid ten million dollars, half of his usual salary at the time. See more »

Goofs

All of the ghosts that Cole sees are wearing the same clothes and have the same bodily damage that had when they died. Even the ones who don't know they're dead still show their wounds. Malcolm's wound never shows up until he realizes he's dead. Additionally, he's able to wear different clothes and interact with his tape recorder, use files and other equipment.

Cole says, "They only see what they want to see," which neatly and intentionally explains why Bruce doesn't see his own blood until he realizes he's dead. Likewise, ghosts constantly interact with the real world, hence Cole's scratches, the poisoned girl's ability to give Cole the VHS tape, etc. Regarding Bruce's clothes, it appears he only adds/removes his jacket, but either way the explanation that he sees what he wants to see should be sufficient. See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

References Poltergeist (1982) See more »

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Written by Travis Bracht and Dudley Taft
Performed by Second Coming
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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One of the films of the Nineties
8 December 1999 | by ReadsterSee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Latin | Spanish

Release Date:

6 August 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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

Gross USA:

$293,506,292

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$672,806,292
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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