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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 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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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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Latin | Spanish

Release Date:

6 August 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El sexto sentido 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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

M. Night Shyamalan: [car accident] Cole tells his mother about his abilities while they're stuck in traffic because of a car accident. See more »

Goofs

When Cole and Malcolm are going up the stairs to Kyra's bedroom, the banister wobbles. 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

Referenced in Happy End. (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

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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The most careful attention to detail
25 October 2000 | by Steve SteckelSee all my reviews

What makes this film so wonderful to watch is not simply the acting, or the terror it instills, or even the plot itself. It is the way in which the writer/director M. Night Shyamalan takes his vision from the page, and carefully crafts a tale that completely absorbs the viewer. As a result, we are treated to a wealth of emotion: fear, sadness, joy, confusion, and humor, each one a compliment to the other.

Haley Joel Osment delivers, plain and simple. By now, so much has been said about the young actor that any more would be repetition. Needless to say, his portrayal of Cole Sear is remarkable. His ability to communicate, through a simple look or gesture, the depths to which his character's soul has been thrust is what truly carries the film. He succeeds at this task beautifully, convincing us while never going over the top; indeed, by the time Cole utters his now-famous line, you not only believe him, you are chilled by the fact that Osment the actor may actually believe it himself.

Bruce Willis turns in a stellar performance, complimenting his young co-star while never overshadowing him. It is a tribute to his respect of the material in so much as he fine tunes his delivery to seem reserved, yet not too toned down.

The Sixth Sense is more than simply a wondrous two hours. It has, in effect, created a new genre of filmmaking... the film is neither drama, nor horror, nor action. Rather, it is a seamless blending of all three, a film that encompasses the best aspects of each genre, without being limited by the worst. Hollywood has taken notice of this, and one can only expect a series of poor imitations to follow. But at least they'll always have The Sixth Sense to guide the way.


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