Sixth Sense (1999)

Sixth Sense (1999)

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Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Cast: Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette


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In this tense tale of psychological terror, Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) is a child psychologist whose new patient has a problem far outside his usual area of expertise. Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) is six-years-old and claims to see the spirits of dead people all around him. It seems that Cole has psychic powers and can channel the ghosts of those who were


In this tense tale of psychological terror, Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) is a child psychologist whose new patient has a problem far outside his usual area of expertise. Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) is six-years-old and claims to see the spirits of dead people all around him. It seems that Cole has psychic powers and can channel the ghosts of those who were troubled. Cole doesn't understand his powers, and he has little control over them; he's constantly terrified by what he sees, and Dr. Crowe is the only one with whom he feels he can share this secret. However, as the doctor digs deeper into Cole's strange powers, it leads to strange and unexpected consequences for both of them. M. Night Shyamalan, who wrote and directed the film, has a small role as Dr. Hill.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A throwback to old-fashioned fright films, The Sixth Sense eschews gimmicky effects in favor of intriguing storytelling, sympathetic characters, and evocative atmospherics that tingle viewers' spines. Bruce Willis gives one of his most understated and effective performances to date as a child psychologist whose career goes into decline after he's shot by a former patient. His latest case involves a troubled grade-school boy (Haley Joel Osment, in an Oscar-nominated performance) who confesses, "I see dead people" -- a claim the psychologist comes to believe is true. Writer-director M. Night Shyamalan (Wide Awake) wisely makes Osment the story's focal point, allowing us to see the restless spirits that visit him, to feel the terror that besets him. The scenes between Osment and Willis are handled subtly, and Shyamalan's shattering surprise denouement blindsides even the most observant viewers. Easily the creepiest ghost story in recent memory, The Sixth Sense is guaranteed to stand your hair on end.
All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
A successful update of ghost stories and thrillers that forego gore and violence to create suspense, this breakthrough film by writer/director M. Night Shyamalan reconfirmed star Bruce Willis' credibility as a leading man and as an actor, in his most sensitive screen work to date. Newcomer Haley Joel Osment won heavy acclaim (and an Oscar nomination at age 11) for his quietly studied portrayal of a haunted youngster, and Toni Collette shines as his working-class mother who doesn't understand his strange abilities. The film is too moody by half, and too reliant on its ending (which, admittedly, is quite well-done), but the director's perceptive study of young people's fears and the consequences of death is highly admirable. A giant summer hit that nobody anticipated (it was rumored that Disney, its distributor, originally planned it for a fall release until they realized what they had), Sense rejuvenated the suspense thriller in a way no one had seen in ages. Additionally, the film garnered six major Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and two for Shyamalan.

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Special Features

Deleted scenes; Reflections from the set; Between two worlds; Moving pictures: The storyboard process; Music and sound design; Reaching the audience; Rules and clues; Publicity

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bruce Willis Dr. Malcolm Crowe
Haley Joel Osment Cole Sear
Toni Collette Lynn Sear
Olivia Williams Anna Crowe
Donnie Wahlberg Vincent Gray
Glenn Fitzgerald Sean
Mischa Barton Kyra Collins
Trevor Morgan Tommy Tammisimo
Bruce Norris Stanley Cunningham
Samia Shoaib Young Woman Buying Ring
Michael Higgins Actor

Technical Credits
M. Night Shyamalan Director,Screenwriter
Allan Byer Sound/Sound Designer
Tak Fujimoto Cinematographer
Larry Fulton Production Designer
James Newton Howard Score Composer
Dream Quest Images Special Effects
Joanna Johnston Costumes/Costume Designer
Avy Kaufman Casting
Kathleen Kennedy Producer
Michael Kirchberger Sound Editor,Sound/Sound Designer
Frank Marshall Producer
Barry Mendel Producer
Sam Mercer Executive Producer
Philip Messina Art Director
Andrew Mondshein Editor
Douglas Mowat Set Decoration/Design
John Rusk Asst. Director
Stan Winston Special Effects

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Sixth Sense
1. Opening Credits
2. Uninvited Guest
3. Sanctuary
4. Strange Happenings
5. Mind Reading Games
6. Anniversary Dinner
7. Setting Goals
8. Freak!
9. Locked in the Dungeon
10. Bedtime Stories and Secrets
11. Someone's in the Kitchen
12. Trouble in the Family
13. The Only One Who Can Help
14. Replay
15. Kyra
16. The School Play
17. Communication
18. Letting Go
19. End Credits

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Sixth Sense 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a movie that you have to watch twice. The first time that you see it, you wonder what is going on until the end of it. Once you see the ending then the whole movie becomes clear and you will think it is a good movie. I love psychological thrillers. So give it a chance. It is really worth watching---twice!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I had heard so much about this movie that I finally got around to renting it. What a bore! It took all of my energy just to stay awake The ''plot-twist'' was so obvious to me that the ending held no surprise...only that Crowe had been such a dummy! I mean, look around you man! Anyway, if you want a scary psychological movie, go rent ''The Haunting''. I'm talking about the earlier version with Julie Harris and Claire Bloom. Now THERE is a scary movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was written, directed and acted out beautifully. It is definately on my all time favorite list. Pay attention to the color Red.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Outstanding movie. The deliberate, methodical pacing totally goes against the grain of most modern movies. You cannot help but be pulled in to Night's amazing story. Osment is outstanding and it's nice to be reminded that Willis really can act when he puts his mind to it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is fascinating not only in the story but in how it was produced. This movie had special rules and all sorts of neat little things that made this movie worth watching. The smarter individual would know this is not supposed to be a cheap horror flick. No, this movie is in a genre of it's own. This film would be more like a paranormal film than horror. Disney made a great decision when they jumped in to produce this film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is without a doubt the scariest movie I have seen since the first time I watched Nightmare on Elm Street. The thing I liked most about this movie is that it isn't the average horror movie that you would get in this day in age. They did not rely on spooky monsters or crazy special effects like many of the other films of this genre usually do. This seems to be a simple story about a little boy, portrayed by a wonderful child star, who is struggling to deal with seeing dead people. A psychiatrist, brillantly played by Bruce Willis, struggles to help the little boy who reminds him of one that he was not able to help a few years earlier. This is a great movie, with a surprise twist that I am sure everyone has heard about. The things the boy goes through and the connection that the two stars make together make this movie more of a drama rather than a horror film. I strongly recommend this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The is certainly the best movie I have ever seen. I dont think I will find a movie that will match this one. This movie made me jump, laugh, and shiver in my seat. It made me feel the exact emotions that the little boy was feeling in the movie. I think the movie was done very well. I could probably watch the movie ten times in a row and still enjoy it. I would recomend this movie to just about any audience, but just as a warning, it will give you the creeps. Overall, I gave this movie five stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Sithe Sense embodies the qualities in a movie we rarely see in modern cinema. A well thought out story plot and a visually stunning film lends more to the craftmanship of M. Night Shyamalan then to the industry that produced it. Bruce Willis gives a precise performance next to the suttle presense of Haley Joel Osment. The backdrop of Philadelphia sets an erie tone to this amazing story. The speed at which the story is told is not fast by any means but what it lacks in pace it makes up for in suspense. The Sixth Sense is a movie to own. Its timeless feel and brilliant performances will make for repeat viewing again and again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this movie very enjoyable. The actors all did a great job. And the story was very good. It is best to not know the ending when going to watch this film (So I will not spoil it). Watch it and ask no one about it, you will be pleased. How else do you review a movie without giving away the surprises. One quick note is that I would not classify this as a horror film. more like a suspense. If you are looking to be scared out of your seats....this movies is not for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Now here is a movie that will never loose its touch.......How would u like to be a kid that could see dead people? Pretty freeky huh? . Bruce Wills and Hailey Joel Osment really fit together. I mean this movie really made u think ya know.? Whe you saw the kids sights and fellings twrd seeing these ghosts it was rather....scarry! When I saw this movie with my friend and there were three highschool guys sitting right infront ov us. The most terrifying part in this movie was when: Hailey Joel Osment walked out after he had heard somthin outside his room, he went out and saw this kid (who was dressed like he came from the sixties maybe even sevnties)said to him is ''Hey I know where my dad keeps his gun'' and when he turned around half of his head was missing! The guys in front of us jumped 3 feet into the air! Funny sight if you were there. . Anways when you watch this secret you realize one Important secret that will be explained at the very end. But I will never give it away cause you have to get this movie. The Best time to show this movie is at a sleepover and right after talking about ghosts and other scarry things.. .
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a cleverly written tale with the least expected plot twists and the best ending I've ever seen. It's one of those rare movies that you can see over and over again and still see something new each time. Don't make the mistake of only watching this film once. There's too much of it that you'll miss without even realizing it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you haven't seen the sixth sense you half to see it. It is(to me)by far the scariest mobie i have seen. It gives me goosebumps everytime i watch it. The little boy plays his part so convinsingly. And I never expected the ending. I was shocked. But I'm not going to ruin it for you. Way to go M. Night Shyamalan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie was cool it makes no sense till the end but it is really wierd wait till u get to the end even though u will probably get it you will stay up thinking bout it probably i did well in short this is a good movie and i recomend it to all ages over 10
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just imagine......what if. That is all I have. Another must have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is the defintion of a perfect thriller. This movie has great performances and a great story.Osment deserved that oscar. To be honest this movie has some pretty scary and disturbing parts with some grotesque images. An outstanding thriller. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a good scare or jump.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've Nerves of Steel. It was scary, but I luckily survived from all the scares. I loved this movie! Ever since I watched the film at my friends house, they were always thinking about living dead people behind their shower curtains! THE SIXTH SENSE recommended to everyone! Trust me, once you watch it, you have to be addicted to it. Wonderful!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After watching this I expected to see more of the dead ghosts that the disturbed little boy could see. I got scared and couldn't sleep afraid that something might pop out of the closet or something like the Boogeyman (which is coming to theaters with Barry Watson who plays Matt on the show 7th Heaven of the WB channel). M. Night is a talented director and can scare us easily.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the sixth sense is one of my favorites. the first time i saw it is when i was about 10 yrs. old. boy, does this movie scare the heck out of you! it is both disturbing and emotional at the same time. the ending of this movie really turned me off. i could not believe Mr. Dr. Malcolm Crowe was DEAD the whole time! well, i recommend this DVD to anyone who lost a loved one, and is hurting. because, this movie will comfort you to let you know that your loved one is watching over you, and that you're not alone, and that you will get through this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Sixth Sense is no ordinary thriller. That's the first thing that crossed my mind after viewing this movie. I am so tired of seeing ridiculous horror films with nothing but mindless blood and guts. This movie is not only the most eerie and terrifying I have ever seen, but it is also brilliant and deeply moving. The director makes everything seem so believable, I had trouble sleeping for weeks after I saw this. For those who enjoy a good thriller, or just enjoy a good movie, I highly recommend this movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
You need to see this film. It's a classic. You'll be totally captivated the entire time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie made the goosebumps crawl on your spine! The movie was magical and so is M. Night Shyamalan,he is a great director! I watched his first movie he made when he was like 14 or 12 on the DVD. Click on the box and you can watch it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Honestly, this is a phenomenal creation, and young Osment acted flawlessly. Anyone who didn't appreciate this movie does not care for psychological thrillers or is just criticizing for the sake of doing so. The theme of "fear of uncertainty" is highly developed in this film and is of paramount importance to the psychological aspect of this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Haley's hottnes and being a great actor really put the SIXTH in SIXTH SENSE...ahah gotta love this movie...I won't say anything so I won't spoil it!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I FINALLY saw this movie and thought this was an awesome movie! You will never guess how it turns out, and don't let anyone tell you. Let it be a surprise. See it, but I would watch it during the day if I were you.