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
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The movie's line, "I see dead people," was voted as the #44 movie quote by the American Film Institute (out of 100). See more »
Cole is aware of his teacher's stuttering issue during grade school through high school (Stuttering Stanley), but the behavior has nothing to do with anyone being dead, so it doesn't make sense that Cole knows this.
The burn victim woman Cole talks to at the end (when Stanley walks in on him in the dressing room) was presumably a teacher at the school. In the very next scene Stanley says, "You know, when I was a student here there was a big fire." Obviously the burn victim woman (or a different fire victim we don't see) told Cole about Stanley's stuttering problem. See more »
It's getting cold.
That is one fine frame; one fine frame that is. How much...
[he sits down with a grunt]
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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 »
A network TV airing from ABC Family adds in a new scene that was not featured in the DVD as extras See more »
This is an incredibly powerful film. Awash with emotion but never stooping to sentimentality this is the story of one frightened little boy you will never forget. All your worst childhood nightmares: the noises in the attic, the intruder in your house, that cold breath that makes your hair stand on end are here and then some.
Bruce Willis gives one of the best performances of his career as the child psychologist trying to get himself back on track after a violent encounter with a former patient and it would be a crime if Haley Joel Osment were overlooked at coming awards ceremonies for his powerful performance here. It has been a long time since a child actor displayed such maturity in a role. Cole's innocent little face hidden behind his absent father's large-framed spectacles betrays a child coming to terms with a terrifying secret in the only way he can.
You don't need to go and see this film again to realise why the end is such a surprise but you will rush out to watch it again purely because it's an almost perfect example of it's genre.
Laugh, cry, jump a mile out of your seat, sigh with relief - but not too early... We did!
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