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Hollywood superstar Bruce Willis (ARMAGEDDON, THE SIEGE) brings a powerful presence to an edge-of-your-seat thriller from writer-director M. Night Shyamalan (Oscar(R)-nominee for Best Original Screenplay and Best Director) that critics are calling one of the greatest ghost stories ever filmed. When Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Willis), a distinguished child psychologist, meets Cole Sear (Oscar(R)-nominee Haley Joel Osment, Best Supporting Actor), a frightened, confused, eight-year-old, Dr. Crowe is completely unprepared to face the truth of what haunts Cole. With a riveting intensity you'll find thoroughly chilling, the discovery of Cole's incredible sixth sense leads them to mysterious places with unforgettable consequences!
"I see dead people," whispers little Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment), scared to affirm what is to him now a daily occurrence. This peaked 9-year old, already hypersensitive to begin with, is now being haunted by seemingly malevolent spirits. Child psychologist Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) is trying to find out what's triggering Cole's visions, but what appears to be a psychological manifestation turns out to be frighteningly real. It might be enough to scare off a lesser man, but for Malcolm it's personal--several months before, he was accosted and shot by an unhinged patient, who then turned the gun on himself. Since then, Malcolm has been in turmoil--he and his wife (Olivia Williams) are barely speaking, and his life has taken an aimless turn. Having failed his loved ones and himself, he's not about to give up on Cole.
This third feature by M. Night Shyamalan sets itself up as a thriller, poised on the brink of delivering monstrous scares, but gradually evolves into more of a psychological drama with supernatural undertones. Many critics faulted the film for being mawkish and New Age-y, but no matter how you slice it, this is one mightily effective piece of filmmaking. The bare bones of the story are basic enough, but the moody atmosphere created by Shyamalan and cinematographer Tak Fujimoto made this one of the creepiest pictures of 1999, forsaking excessive gore for a sinisterly simple feeling of chilly otherworldliness. Willis is in his strong, silent type mode here, and gives the film wholly over to Osment, whose crumpled face and big eyes convey a child too wise for his years; his scenes with his mother (Toni Collette) are small, heartbreaking marvels. And even if you figure out the film's surprise ending, it packs an amazingly emotional wallop when it comes, and will have you racing to watch the movie again with a new perspective. You may be able to shake off the sentimentality of The Sixth Sense, but its craftsmanship and atmosphere will stay with you for days. --Mark Englehart
Great movie. Not a Bruce Willis fan, but this is a good movie.Published 4 days ago by Larry G. Miller
It wasn't norwegian subtitle as it's supposed to be......disapointe!Published 15 days ago by thomas
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|Is this appropriate for 12 year olds?||
I definitely wouldn't recommend buying The Sixth Sense for a twelve year old and his friends, it's a movie made for more mature viewers, and despite focusing on a young child, it definitely wouldn't be a pleasant viewing experience for a bunch of kids to see, as it is both incredibly sad and... Read More
Jan 24, 2014 by Scrimshaw | See all 5 posts
|TRYING TO FIND 80'S MOVIE...||
Could it be this? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt010
I'm trying to find the movie you mention as well.
Jun 13, 2011 by Jackie | See all 3 posts
|Trying to find an off the wall 80's movie....||
Don't know the answer, but you might want to try posting at IMDb.com. You can find just about any movie info there. Good luck!
May 7, 2008 by S. Radler | See all 3 posts
|Did Cole know Malcolm was a ghost?||
It's the type of movie where each time you watch it you notice something new, or see a different 'clue' to the mystery. Granted, there are flaws and plot holes (as in any film) but this one succeeds in creating a creepy mood and for me the twist was just gravy.
People either like it or hate it.... Read More
Nov 18, 2008 by Baron Sardonicus | See all 15 posts
|Cliched and Logically Flawed Screenplay||
I don't think the movie tries to distinguish itself from old cliched ghost stories. If anything it's almost an homage to them.
Of course there are plot holes. Many films have them, some notoriously, like the Star Wars movies.
The Sixth Sense has its flaws, of course. But it's still an... Read More
Nov 18, 2008 by Baron Sardonicus | See all 5 posts
|2nd DVD with extras||Be the first to reply|