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Story

"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

DVD Features

  • Available Subtitles: English
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Making-Of Documentary
  • Deleted Scenes and Extended Ending
  • Storyboard to Film Comparisons
  • Interview with director M. Night Shyamalan
  • Music and Sound design
  • Reaching the Audience & Rules and Clues

Cast

Bruce WillisDr. Malcolm Crowe
Haley Joel OsmentCole Sear
Toni ColletteLynn Sear
Olivia WilliamsAnna Crowe
Trevor MorganTommy Tammisimo
Donnie WahlbergVincent Grey
Peter Anthony TambakisDarren (as Peter Tambakis)
Jeffrey ZubernisBobby
Bruce NorrisStanley Cunningham
Glenn FitzgeraldSean
Greg WoodMr. Collins
Mischa BartonKyra Collins
Angelica PageMrs. Collins (as Angelica Torn)
Lisa SummerourBridesmaid
Firdous BamjiYoung Man Buying Ring
Samia ShoaibYoung Woman Buying Ring
Hayden SaunierDarren's Mom
Janis DardarisKitchen Woman
Neill HartleyVisitor #2
Sarah RipardVisitor #3
Heidi FischerVisitor #4
Kadee StricklandVisitor #5
Michael J. LyonsVisitor #6

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i have to say i loved this movie. not too scary, nor bloody. m. night shymaon does it...

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  • Genre: Horror Movies
  • Director: M. Night Shyamalan
  • Producer: Buena Vista
  • Length: 107 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaAug 6, 1999
    EuropeNov 5, 1999
    JapanOct 30, 1999
    AustraliaOct 7, 1999
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
    Europe15
    JapanR-15
    AustraliaM
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaSep 30, 2008
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMar 28, 2000
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