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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

Customer Reviews:

  • "I see dead people..."
    This is such a great movie! It's so refreshing to watch a "horror" movie with an intelligent plot and great actors. This is the kind of movie you can watch again and again. It stays with you, and may just be powerful enough to change our views on some ideas....more info
  • Stay In School!!
    This boy does not like school. He looks like he was eating sour noodles, and wants to act but not in the play. Lucky for Bruce Willes to come along and help!! Mr. Wills tryes to tell him why schooling is important, but the boy is scaring - he looks like he is in an acting class pretend at least three times! The main learning of the movie is that the boy is sad because his pictures have balls of light in them. The mother sees the balls of light and the scaredeness so she can help. They decide to stay in school for the boy's best health, and he becomes popular again!!! I think it's a good message about learning and being friendships, and scary, but not too much, except for Mr. Wills. He is mad at his wife because he died - a tricky surprise!!! She is sleeping and her heat is broken, then Mr. Bruce cries and gives her a blanket. I liked that part. I say walk don't run to see, and save a star for going to school!!! ...more info
  • The Happy Quilter
    This is a great movie, very well done--you get drawn into these characters' lives. I have watched it several times and discover something new each time. Bruce Willis gave a brilliant performance as the psychiatrist. If you enjoyed Patrick Swayze in Ghost, you will also love this movie. It deals with the supernatural in a profound and touching manner....more info
  • An Unexpected Hit
    The Sixth Sense is a wonderful movie. M. Night Shyamalan was only known (just barely) for one movie up until this point, Wide Awake, so this was definitely unexpected.

    The movie features Bruce Willis as a child psychologist who sees a patient (Haley Joel Osment) that can speak to dead people. The movie wnet on to score five Academy Award nominations and a place on AFI'a 10th Anniverary list.

    This version of the DVD, the single disc version, features a number of featurettes and deleted scenes, definitely worth a look.

    Highly recommended....more info
  • Terrifically made
    The Sixth Sense hit all of the right notes right on the button and worked really well. I was drawn in and was taken by surprise by the ending, only to realize soon afterwards that, of course, it had to be that way.

    The story of a boy who communicates with dead people's spirits and who consults with a psychologist, is perfectly directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The excellent screenplay was also written by Mr. Shyamalan, who demonstrates being able to translate a vivid imagination onto the screen.

    Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment and Toni Collette head the talented cast. Each of these three actors acts wonderfully in this movie.

    It al just worked....more info
  • The Sixth Sense
    Director M. Night Shyamalan's breakthrough feature is a clever, unnerving horror picture with a nifty surprise ending. Willis is an effective anchor as the film's protagonist, but magnetic performances from young Osment and gifted actress Toni Colette (as Cole's mother) set this thriller apart, a movie best not seen alone....more info
  • Dark and disturbing and sincerely one of the very best...
    The greatest thing about `The Sixth Sense' is that to this date it has yet to be topped, not even by its director. Film and film and film again and yet nothing comes close to that bone-chilling feeling one gets every time they hear those four famous words uttered...

    "I see dead people."

    M. Night Shyamalan made a household name for himself no matter how difficult the pronunciation with this `Grade-A' supernatural thriller about a young boy troubled by his unique gift. The film opens with a tragic event involving Malcolm Crowe, a child psychologist who has just received an award in his honor. But before the celebrations can truly begin he's confronted by an ex-patient of his who it seems Crowe was never able to help. The aftershocks of that evening ring throughout the remainder of the film as Crowe's relationship with his wife becomes more and more strained. But as that relationship slowly dies he forms a bond with his new patient Cole Sear. Cole has a problem that is presents itself almost too familiar with Crowe. It appears that Cole can communicate with the dead.

    Both Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment are outstanding in this brilliant film. Some have claimed Willis to be too reserved and reclusive and thus leaving the entire film on the shoulders of the very capable Osment, but in my eyes both of these actors contribute exactly what they needed in order to make this film work. Willis wears the confusion of his situation on his face with earnest honesty and that adds layers to his character. Osment shines so brightly here and should have walked away with the Oscar that night, but alas, he'll have his day again I'm sure. He gives Cole so much charm and charisma. He's able to create a believable nine-year-old boy without playing the complexity of his character down at all. He adds so much believable maturity. It's truly astounding to watch.

    The star of this film though is Shyamalan who instills a deep-rooted fear into the audience from the very beginning. It's this very asset that sets `The Sixth Sense' apart from all the Hollywood cheap imitations that seemed to swarm the theaters shortly after `The Sixth Sense' made a killing and set the bar. Sure, there are a few that followed that were worth the price of admission (the Nicole Kidman vehicle `The Others' was one of them), but for the most part nothing since has even touched the surface of the effortless brilliance that was and is `The Sixth Sense'. The lighting, the music, the atmosphere, set designs, script and acting all add so much originality and suspense to this one of a kind experience.

    There's hardly a fault to be found with this multi-Academy Award nominated film. The entire cast (I should make mention of the amazing Toni Collette who is just fascinating as Cole's frustrated mother) delivers down to the bone and makes this a film to watch again and again and again....more info
  • What Happened?...
    After recently watching the cinematic abomination known as THE HAPPENING, I went back and re-watched THE SIXTH SENSE. It's nearly impossible for me to believe that the same man is responsible for both movies. M. Night Shyamalan's SENSE is a dark, crawly masterpiece, full of shock and dread. Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) and his young "patient", Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) are horror legends! Cole's mum (Toni Collette) is very convincing in her frustrated, desperate role. From start to finish, THE SIXTH SENSE is a nearly flawless thriller / chiller. Highest recommendation... ...more info
  • Still Very Good Even When You Know The Ending

    This was hyped big-time when it came out and, if memory serves me, was a good conversation piece among those who saw it at the theater.

    I didn't see it for a few years afterward, on tape and now on DVD. It was very good but I didn't find it as "the greatest movie ever" as some did. It is an involving story, however, and I've come to appreciate it more with multiple viewings. I've seen it three times, the last one looking for mistakes to disprove the surprise ending....but couldn't find any. The filmmakers covered their tracks. However, a couple of scenes were misleading. Those who have seen this movie know what I'm talking about. For those who haven't, I'm not going to spoil it here.

    I enjoyed both Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment as the two leads. Willis has had many action-packed, profane macho roles in his career but I like him best when he's low key, as he is in here (and in "Unbreakable," to name another fairly-recent movie) Osment, meanwhile, is a terrific child actor, as he has proved in other films. He's simply one of the best of his young generation. He and Dakota Fanning are the two best child actors I've seen in many years.

    This isn't just some supernatural-horror movie. It's a nice human interest story. There is one scene late in the movie in which Osment's mom is having a talk with her young boy in the car. It is an extremely touching scene that brings tears - a great moment in the film.
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  • Great Movie
    The sixth sense is one of Bruce Willis best movies. It has a chilling affect and you sympathize with Haley Joel Osment's character....more info
  • Way to stiff the actors, amazon!
    This film is worth all its five stars and more, but what's up with amazon.com listing the actors as Firdous Bamji, Mischa Barton, Toni Collette, and Janis Dardanis? Collette is certainly worth mentioning -- her performance is terrific -- but who the heck are Bamji and Dardanis? Mischa Barton's fifteen minutes of fame in The O.C. hardly merits billing over Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment, who give two of the most affecting and intelligent screen performances in recent memory.

    What's next? The DVD of "Gone with the Wind, starring George Reeves and
    Evelyn Keyes"?

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  • so so bad
    It was always a complete mystery to me what people saw in this movie. Why it caught on in terms of popularity across the United States back in the late 90's is totally beyond me. When I first watched this movie, the first thing that went through my mind was "Oh no, this movie is going to kill the horror genre". Luckily not every single horror movie ripped off the ideas of this film to make the entire genre worthless (unlike say, Van Halen, whose influence made listening to guitar solos in a rock song a chore from that point on, but that's a different subject for a different time).

    I was never *ever* scared while watching the Sixth Sense. Not even once. Nothing even came close to giving me goosebumps. Everything came across so ordinary, almost like a dream from a childs point of view. No, not a nightmare- just a regular dream. I was completely unsatisfied with the acting as well. The little boy from Thunder Alley was the worst possible choice- he wasn't convincing at all. I didn't feel his emotions (which were overbearingly exaggerated most of the time). The whole "I see dead people" thing was about the dumbest thing I've ever seen. Watching him walk around and say things like "There's a dead guy over there" didn't have me convinced a dead spirit was around him at all. Guess what everyone? There's a dead guy standing next to me while I type this review for amazon. I'm scared, shaking and very nervous right now. Are you scared? Of course not.

    Going to high school when this movie came out, I can't believe so many of my classmates were scared of this story and actually went around saying the new hot expression "I see dead people". How horrible. Then again, maybe they were making fun of it. I hope so.

    I have nothing good to say about the Sixth Sense. It was boring, predictable, lacked suspense, and was just a horrible film overall. ...more info
  • SHYAMALAN AT HIS BEST
    Like your movies eerie? How about a movie that has great acting ( particularly by Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, and Toni Collette ), and exceptionally, creepy atmospheric cinematography by the great Tak Fujimoto? Did I mention that it happens to be one of the best ghost stories ever?

    If you are one of the few people in the 'civilized' world that has not seen Shyamalan's masterpiece, there is no time like the present.
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  • An Original, Horrifying, Dramatic Debut
    It's been eleven years since a new director with the unlikely name M. Night Shyamalan graced theatergoers with this icy ruby of movie magic. And although he has made worthy follow-ups in the years since, for me, he's never topped THE SIXTH SENSE.

    Malcolm Crowe is a child psychologist tormented by the one patient he couldn't save. It's been a year since he had to confront that awful truth, and in that time, his confidence and his marraige have undergone a slow and steady crumble that has finally reached the breaking point. Enter Cole Sear, an eight year old child of a single mother with a decidedly nasty neurosis: he believes he sees the dead.

    If Crowe (Bruce Willis) can help the boy (Oscar-nominee Haley Joel Osment), he may just redeem himself; but the effort he spends in doing so continues to erode his relationship with his wife, and a nagging suspicion that Cole is NOT delusional threatens Crowe's fundamental understanding of the universe.

    This is a terrific thriller-ghost-story-drama that would suffer from any further explanation. Great acting and subtle direction (note the selective usage of the color red), along with an absolutely killer storyline, make THE SIXTH SENSE probably the best movie of 1996. Eleven years later, it still holds up.

    (This review has been posted by Marcus Damanda, author of the vampire novel "Teeth: A Horror Fantasy.")...more info
  • great movie
    This is one of the greatest movies I have ever seen. It takes you places that your mind is totally unprepared to go....more info
  • "I see a dead format"
    When Blu-rays are going for more than $15 for an old movie, they're going to go the way of the HD-DVD and d-theather tapes. It'll just take a bit longer. With real time high def VOD like VUDU, Sony had better realize that their "Betamax disks" are not going to be the cash cow they counted on for royalties. Bad move paying Warner Brothers all those millions to switch camps. Wouldn't be surprised to see bootleg Chinese HD-DVD's popping up for sale on the street (the actual one), looking as good for a fraction of the price. That being said, the movie is M. Nights best. Now if he'd only stop repeating the same themes over and over...................more info
  • Great thriller!
    "I see dead people". You've heard that line before. This is the movie that started the jokes and spawned other movies based solely on that one line. When a movie has that kind of power, you know it's good.

    So what's this movie about? Basically, a pyschologist (Malcolm) comes to a little boy's (Cole) aid when he claims that he can see dead people. No one else can see these dead people and they're not friendly by any means. Malcolm has to try and come up with a way to make living with dead people more tolerable for Cole (if that's at all possible). Meanwhile, Malcolm has to deal with his own personal issues when his wife stops talking to him after he got shot by a former patient a year before.

    If you haven't seen this movie, you're missing out. For those who don't like scary movies, don't worry. This isn't a typical scary movie. This is more of a mystery movie in which you have to think about what's going on and what's going to happen. The extra features that are included with this movie are a great added bonus. It's interesting to hear the director's thoughts and some of the details that went into creating certain scenes. The first time I watched this movie in the theaters, I left with shaky knees. It was that good. This is a must have movie in every household's movie collection. ...more info