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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dr. Malcolm Crowe
... Cole Sear
... Lynn Sear
... Anna Crowe
... Tommy Tammisimo
... Vincent Grey
... Darren (as Peter Tambakis)
... Bobby
Bruce Norris ... Stanley Cunningham
... Sean
Greg Wood ... Mr. Collins
... Kyra Collins
... Mrs. Collins (as Angelica Torn)
Lisa Summerour ... Bridesmaid
... 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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1...Sight 2...Sound 3...Smell 4...Taste 5..Touch 6...The Sixth Sense See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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6 August 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El sexto sentido  »

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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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Trivia

Although Cole is supposed to be nine years old, Haley Joel Osment was actually 11. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: Take My Wife, Sleaze (1999) See more »

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Written by Travis Bracht and Dudley Taft
Performed by Second Coming
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Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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25 October 2000 | by See 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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