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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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"I see dead people" See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Gross USA:

$293,506,292

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$672,806,292
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was a sleeper hit. In Entertainment Weekly's 134 film Summer Movie Preview of 1999, The Sixth Sense (1999) was not even mentioned on the list. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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 »

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A network TV airing from ABC Family adds in a new scene that was not featured in the DVD as extras See more »

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Referenced in Melissa & Joey: All Politics is Local (2011) See more »

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Written by Timothy Bircheno, David Benjamin Tomlinson and Tim Gordine
Performed by Tin Star
Courtesy of Vr Records
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Wanna See Dead People?
6 August 1999 | by WCS02See all my reviews

"I see Dead People!" Sixth Sense is well worth the ticket price. It's a tight story and the acting is outstanding. There are a couple of good scares, rendered more effective because I dropped my guard. My sixth sense says such was the Writer/Director's express intention. :-)

It's a ghost story yet doesn't rely on special effects and computerization to chill your bones as the Haunting tried to do. The scares come from the sliver of possibility "what is happening may be true." Well that, and the dropping your guard thing.

Everyone in the cast is outstanding. Bruce Willis is at his best since Die Hard and The Last Boy Scout. His patient is 33 years junior to him ( played by Haley Joel Osment) is outstanding. Truly. I was mesmerized by his ability to get into this "sixth sense" possessed character. Malcolm and Cole helping each other resolve their problems occurs with good chemistry, and is believable, despite the heights you have to take your mind to believe the story's premise.

I am sooo tempted to give clues on when to grip the one you're with or arms rests a little more tightly; but alas, cannot in good conscience (or for fear of hate mail!) And out of respect for M. Night Shyamalan for a very good script and story thesis.

Summing: if you're "only" looking for the Chill Factor, take in Blair Witch over this one for those final 10 minutes. The reality factor is stronger, both despite and because of the low budget factors. But if you want to see one of the best Hollywood manufactured horror films in a long time, give Sixth Sense a chance. I enjoyed it.


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