The Sixth Sense
The Sixth Sense is a 1999 American psychological thriller written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The film tells the story of Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment), a troubled, isolated boy who is able to see and talk to the dead, and an equally troubled child psychologist (Bruce Willis) who tries to help him. The film established Shyamalan as a writer and director, and introduced the cinema public to his signatures, most notably his affinity for twist endings. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis), a prominent child psychologist in Philadelphia, returns home one night with his wife, Anna Crowe (Olivia Williams), from an event in which he was honored for his work. She says that everything in the world is second to his job including her. The two discover they are not alone; a young man (Donnie Wahlberg) appears brandishing a gun. He says that he doesn't want to be afraid anymore and accuses Crowe of failing him. Crowe recognizes him as Vincent Grey, a former patient whom he treated as a child for hallucinations. Grey shoots Crowe in the lower abdomen, and seconds later turns the gun on himself. The next fall, Crowe begins
Release Date: February 02, 1999
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This is the only good movie by the M Night Sham guy. But it's really goodJanuary 18th, 2013 · Details
This show definitely opened some eyes when it came out and it had the right balance of eeriness with a good plot.
It's kept people talking about it even to the present time. It's worth a watch.January 16th, 2013 · Details
If there was ever a movie that could be accused of being both too subtle and too heavy-handed at the same time, it would be "The Sixth Sense."
And despite trailers that make it appear to be a straight horror film, it's actually more of a psychological thriller-drama-fantasy hybrid, with some genuine plot surprises and solid performances.
"The Sixth Sense" is also surprisingly creepy and engrossing, though it nearly collapses when it veers toward saccharine sentimentality toward the end. And the slow pacing though extremely appropriate for the material may turn off viewers who are not expecting the film to be so character-driven.
Another group that may be turned off is Bruce Willis' loyal fan base, which expects to see him in more action-oriented pieces. Here, he stars as Malcolm Crowe, a Philadelphia psychiatrist specializing in childhood disorders.
However, one of his cases goes disastrously wrong, which leaves him doubting his abilities and worse, unable to communicate with his beautiful young wife ("Rushmore's" Olivia Williams).
A year later, Malcolm gets what could be seen as a second chance to prove his abilities when he tries to treat Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment, from "Bogus"), an 8-year-old who claims he is visited by ghosts and even more astonishingly, that he can communicate with the dead.
As you might guess, Malcolm is skeptical about the boy's claims, as is Cole's hardworking but loving mother (Toni Collette). But things start happening around them that indicate the boy may be telling the truth after all.
Revealing more of the plot would be unfair, but suffice it to say that where the material is headed isn't necessarily where you'd expect it to go though screenwriter-director M. Night Shyamalan (who wrote and directed last year's little-seen comedy-drama "Wide Awake") has left a series of clues to help audiences figure it out.
Unfortunately, in his rush to heighten the film's sense of mystery and tension, Shyamalan has also left some subplots and ideas unexplored, and the film nearly takes a disastrous misstep in the final third.
To his credit, though, he has coaxed some fine performances from his cast. Despite his ridiculous hairpiece, Willis is restrained and believable, while the mature-for-his-age Osment (who played young "Forrest Gump") nearly upstages his older castmates.
On the supporting side, Donnie Wahlberg is creepy in a crucial but smaller role, while both Collette and Williams do their best with their underwritten parts.
"The Sixth Sense" is rated PG-13 for scattered profanities, violence (mostly gunplay), gory makeup effects, some crude slang terms and brief female partial nudity.March 30th, 2000 · Details