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The Sixth Sense is a 1999 American supernatural horror film 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 named Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) who tries to help him. The film established Shyamalan as a writer and director, and introduced the cinema public to his traits, most notably his affinity for surprise endings. Released by Hollywood Pictures
Hollywood Pictures
on August 6, 1999, the film was well-received by critics; praise was given to its acting performances (particularly Willis, Osment, and Collette), atmosphere, and twist conclusion. The film was the second-highest-grossing film of 1999 (behind Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace), grossing about $293 million domestically and $672 million worldwide, making it, at the time, the highest-grossing horror film of all time in unadjusted dollars (it was surpassed in 2017 by It). The film was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director for Shyamalan, Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor for Osment, and Best Supporting Actress for Toni Collette.


1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Production 4 Reception

4.1 Box office 4.2 Critical response 4.3 Accolades 4.4 American Film Institute
American Film Institute

5 See also 6 References 7 External links

Plot[edit] Malcolm Crowe, a child psychologist in Philadelphia, returns home one night with his wife, Anna, after having been honored for his work. Anna tells Crowe that everything is second to his work, and that she believes he is truly gifted. A young man then appears in their bathroom, and accuses Crowe of failing him. Crowe recognizes him as Vincent Grey, a former patient whom he treated as a child for hallucinations. Vincent shoots his former doctor before killing himself. The next fall, Crowe begins working with another patient, nine-year-old Cole Sear, whose case is similar to Vincent's. Crowe becomes dedicated to the boy, though he is haunted by doubts over his ability to help him after his failure with Vincent. Meanwhile, he and his wife seldom, if ever, speak or do anything together. Crowe feels he must help Cole in order to rectify his failure to help Vincent and reconcile with his wife. Cole's mother, Lynn worries about his social stamina, especially after seeing signs of physical abuse. Cole eventually confides his secret to Crowe in the iconic line: "I see dead people." He sees ghosts, who walk around like the living unaware they are dead. At first, Crowe thinks Cole is delusional and considers dropping his case. Remembering Vincent, the psychologist listens to an audiotape from a session with Vincent when he was a child. On the tape, when Crowe leaves the room, Vincent begins crying. Turning up the volume, Crowe hears a weeping man begging for help in Spanish, and now believes that Cole is telling the truth and that Vincent may have had the same ability. He suggests to Cole that he should try to find a purpose for his gift by communicating with the ghosts and perhaps aid them with their unfinished business. At first, Cole is unwilling since the ghosts terrify and sometimes even threaten him, but he finally decides to attempt helping. Cole talks to one of the ghosts, a young girl named Kyra who recently died after a chronic illness. He goes with Crowe to her funeral reception at her home, where Kyra directs him to a box holding a videotape, which he then gives to her father. The tape shows Kyra's mother poisoning her daughter's food. By proving she was a victim of Munchausen syndrome by proxy, Cole has saved Kyra's younger sister, the mother's next victim. Learning to live with the ghosts he sees, Cole begins to fit in at school and is cast as the lead in the school play, which Crowe attends. The doctor and patient depart on positive terms and Cole suggests to Crowe that he should try speaking to Anna while she is asleep. Later, while stuck in traffic, Cole confesses his secret to his mother, saying that someone died in an accident ahead of their traffic and he knows because the person is next to him. Although his mother at first does not believe him, Cole proves his ability to her by talking about how his grandmother visits him. He describes how his grandmother saw his mother in a dance performance, even though Lynn thought her mother was not there. He further relays the answer to a question his mother privately asked at her mother's grave, "Every day." When Cole asks what question she asked, his mother tearfully answers, "Do I make you proud?" They hug. Crowe returns home, where he finds his wife asleep with their wedding video playing. While still asleep, Anna asks her husband why he left her, and drops Crowe's wedding ring, which he suddenly discovers he has not been wearing. He remembers what Cole said about ghosts and realizes that he was actually killed by Vincent and was unknowingly dead the entire time he was working with Cole. Because of Cole's efforts, Crowe's unfinished business – rectifying his failure to understand and help Vincent – is finally complete. Crowe fulfills the second reason he returned; to tell his wife she was never second, and that he loves her. His goal complete, he is free to leave the world of the living. Cast[edit]

Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis
as Malcolm Crowe Haley Joel Osment
Haley Joel Osment
as Cole Sear Toni Collette
Toni Collette
as Lynn Sear Olivia Williams
Olivia Williams
as Anna Crowe Donnie Wahlberg
Donnie Wahlberg
as Vincent Grey Glenn Fitzgerald as Sean Mischa Barton
Mischa Barton
as Kyra Collins Trevor Morgan as Tommy Tammisimo Bruce Norris as Mr. Stanley Cunningham Angelica Page
Angelica Page
as Mrs. Collins Greg Wood as Mr. Collins M. Night Shyamalan
M. Night Shyamalan
as Dr. Hill Peter Tambakis as Darren Jeffrey Zubernis as Bobby

Production[edit] David Vogel, then-president of production of The Walt Disney Studios, read Shyamalan's spec script and instantly loved it. Without obtaining corporate approval, Vogel bought the rights to the script, despite the high price of $3 million and the stipulation that Shyamalan could direct the film.[2] Disney later dismissed Vogel from his position at the studio, with Vogel leaving the company shortly thereafter.[3] Disney—apparently in a show of little confidence in the film—sold the production rights to Spyglass Entertainment, while retaining the distribution rights and 12.5% of the film's box office receipt. The color red is intentionally absent from most of the film, but it is used prominently in a few isolated shots for "anything in the real world that has been tainted by the other world"[4] and "to connote really explosively emotional moments and situations".[5] Examples include the door of the church where Cole seeks sanctuary; the balloon, carpet, and Cole's sweater at the birthday party; the tent in which he first encounters Kyra; the volume numbers on Crowe's tape recorder; the doorknob on the locked basement door where Malcolm's office is located; the shirt that Anna wears at the restaurant; Kyra's mother's dress at the wake; and the shawl wrapped around the sleeping Anna. All of the clothes Malcolm wears during the film are items he wore or touched the evening before his death, which included his overcoat, his blue rowing sweatshirt and the different layers of his suit. Though the filmmakers were careful about clues of Malcolm's true state, the camera zooms slowly towards his face when Cole says, "I see dead people." In a special feature, the filmmakers mention they initially feared this would be too much of a giveaway, but decided to leave it in.[6] Marisa Tomei
Marisa Tomei
was considered for the role of Lynn Sear.[7] Reception[edit] Box office[edit] The film had a production budget of approximately $40 million (plus $25 million for prints and advertising). It grossed $26.6 million in its opening weekend and spent five weeks as the No. 1 film at the U.S. box office.[1] It earned $293,506,292 in the United States and a worldwide gross of $672,806,292, ranking it 35th on the list of box-office money earners in the U.S. as of April 2010.[8] Box Office Mojo estimates that the film sold over 57.5 million tickets in the US.[9] In the United Kingdom, it was given at first a limited release at 9 screens, and entered at No. 8 before climbing up to No. 1 the next week with 430 theatres playing the film.[10][11] Critical response[edit] The Sixth Sense received positive reviews;[12] Osment in particular was widely praised for his performance.[13] Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 85% of 148 surveyed critics gave the film a positive review; the average rating was 7.6/10. The site's consensus reads: "M. Night Shayamalan's The Sixth Sense is a twisty ghost story with all the style of a classical Hollywood picture, but all the chills of a modern horror flick."[14] Metacritic
rated it 64 out of 100 based on 35 reviews, meaning “generally favorable reviews”.[15] Audiences polled by CinemaScore
gave the film an average grade of "A-" on an A+ to F scale.[16] By vote of the members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, The Sixth Sense was awarded the Nebula Award for Best Script during 1999.[17] The film was No. 71 on Bravo's 100 Scariest Movie Moments, for the scene where Cole encounters a female ghost in his tent. It was named the 89th best American film of all time in a 2007 poll by the American Film Institute. The line "I see dead people" from the film became a popular catchphrase after its release, scoring No. 44 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Movie Quotes. There have been various parodies of this quote. The Sixth Sense also scored 60th place on AFI's 100 Years...100 Thrills, honoring America's most "heart pounding movies". Accolades[edit] Further information: List of accolades received by The Sixth Sense The Sixth Sense has received numerous awards and nominations, with Academy Award
Academy Award
nomination categories ranging from those honoring the film itself (Best Picture), to its writing, editing, and direction (Best Director, Best Editing, and Best Original Screenplay), to its cast's performance (Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress). Especially lauded was the supporting role of actor Haley Joel Osment, whose nominations include an Academy Award,[18] a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award,[19] and a Golden Globe Award.[20] Overall, The Sixth Sense was nominated for six Academy Awards and four British Academy Film Awards, but won none.[18][21] The film received three nominations from the People's Choice Awards
People's Choice Awards
and won all of them, with lead actor Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis
being honored for his role.[22] The Satellite Awards
Satellite Awards
nominated the film in four categories, with awards being received for writing (M. Night Shyamalan) and editing (Andrew Mondshein).[23] Supporting actress Toni Collette
Toni Collette
was nominated for both an Academy Award
Academy Award
and a Satellite award for her role in the film.[18][23] James Newton Howard
James Newton Howard
was honored by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers for his composition of the music for the film.[24] In 2013, the Writers Guild of America ranked the screenplay #50 on its list of 101 Greatest Screenplays ever written.[25] American Film Institute
American Film Institute

AFI's 100 Years...100 Thrills – No. 60 AFI's 100 Years...100 Movie Quotes:

"I see dead people." – No. 44

AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies (10th Anniversary Edition) – No. 89

See also[edit]

List of ghost films


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Films directed by M. Night Shyamalan

Praying with Anger
Praying with Anger
(1992) Wide Awake (1998) The Sixth Sense (1999) Unbreakable (2000) Signs (2002) The Village (2004) Lady in the Water
Lady in the Water
(2006) The Happening (2008) The Last Airbender
The Last Airbender
(2010) After Earth
After Earth
(2013) The Visit (2015) Split (2016) Glass (2019)

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Nebula Award for Best Script/Ray Bradbury Award

Nebula Award for Best Script

Soylent Green
Soylent Green
– Stanley R. Greenberg (1973) Sleeper – Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1974) Young Frankenstein
Young Frankenstein
Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks
and Gene Wilder
Gene Wilder
(1975) Star Wars
Star Wars
George Lucas
George Lucas
(1977) The Sixth Sense M. Night Shyamalan
M. Night Shyamalan
(1999) Galaxy Quest
Galaxy Quest
– David Howard and Robert Gordon (2000) Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
James Schamus, Kuo Jung Tsai, and Hui-Ling Wang (2001) The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson
(2002) The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers – Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Stephen Sinclair, and Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson
(2003) The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson
(2004) Serenity – Joss Whedon
Joss Whedon
(2005) Howl's Moving Castle – Hayao Miyazaki, Cindy Davis Hewitt, and Donald H. Hewitt (2006) Pan's Labyrinth
Pan's Labyrinth
Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro
(2007) WALL-E
– Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon, and Pete Docter
Pete Docter

Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation

Terminator 2: Judgment Day – James Cameron
James Cameron
(1992) Babylon 5 J. Michael Straczynski
J. Michael Straczynski
(1999) 2000X
– Tales of the Next Millennia – Yuri Rasovsky and Harlan Ellison (2001) Joss Whedon
Joss Whedon
(2008) District 9
District 9
Neill Blomkamp
Neill Blomkamp
and Terri Tatchell
Terri Tatchell
(2009) Inception
Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan
(2010) Doctor Who: "The Doctor's Wife" – Richard Clark and Neil Gaiman (2011) Beasts of the Southern Wild – Benh Zeitlin, Lucy Alibar (2012) Gravity – Alfonso Cuarón
Alfonso Cuarón
and Jonás Cuarón (2013) Guardians of the Galaxy – James Gunn
James Gunn
and Nicole Perlman (2014) Mad Max: Fury Road – George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, and Nico Lathouris (2015) Arrival – Eric Heisserer (2016)

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Saturn Award for Best Horror Film

Blacula (1972) The Exorcist (1973) Young Frankenstein
Young Frankenstein
(1974/75) Burnt Offerings (1976) The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane
The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane
(1977) The Wicker Man
The Wicker Man
(1978) Dracula (1979) The Howling (1980) An American Werewolf in London
An American Werewolf in London
(1981) Poltergeist (1982) The Dead Zone (1983) Gremlins
(1984) Fright Night
Fright Night
(1985) The Fly (1986) The Lost Boys
The Lost Boys
(1987) Beetlejuice
(1988) Arachnophobia (1989/90) The Silence of the Lambs (1991) Bram Stoker's Dracula
Bram Stoker's Dracula
(1992) Army of Darkness
Army of Darkness
(1993) Interview with the Vampire (1994) From Dusk till Dawn
From Dusk till Dawn
(1995) Scream (1996) The Devil's Advocate (1997) Apt Pupil (1998) The Sixth Sense (1999) Final Destination (2000) The Others (2001) The Ring (2002) 28 Days Later
28 Days Later
(2003) Shaun of the Dead
Shaun of the Dead
(2004) The Exorcism of Emily Rose
The Exorcism of Emily Rose
(2005) The Descent
The Descent
(2006) Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008) Drag Me to Hell
Drag Me to Hell
(2009) Let Me In (2010) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) The Cabin in the Woods
The Cabin in the Woods
(2012) The Conjuring
The Conjuring
(2013) Dracula Untold
Dracula Untold
(2014) Crimson Peak
Crimson Peak
(2015) Don't Breathe
Don't Breathe

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Teen Choice Award
Teen Choice Award
for Choice Movie – Drama

Cruel Intentions
Cruel Intentions
(1999) The Sixth Sense (2000) Pearl Harbor (2001) Spider-Man (2002) None (2003) None (2004) The Notebook
The Notebook
(2005) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2006) The Pursuit of Happyness
The Pursuit of Happyness
(2007) Step Up 2: The Streets (2008) Twilight (2009) The Blind Side (2010) Black Swan (2011) The Lucky One (2012) The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2013) The Fault in Our Stars (2014) If I Stay (2015) Miracles from Heaven (2016) Everything, Everything (2017)

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