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The Sixth Sense [1999] (1 disc)

Director:M. Night Shyamalan
Writer:M. Night Shyamalan
Composer:James Newton Howard
Length:107 minutes
(1 hour 47 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:Susp/Hor
Sorting Tub:Alpha
IMDB Rating:8.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:85%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: A boy who communicates with spirits that don't know they're dead seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist.

Reaction: The movie is very much built around its mood and tone. While the ending is easily considered trite and predictable today, there's a reason this movie easily became the biggest reason for Shyamalan's sudden burst of popularity.

Personal Rating: 8/10

M. Night Shyamalan => Director / Writer / Dr. Hill
James Newton Howard => Composer
Frank Marshall => Producer
Kathleen Kennedy => Producer
Angelica Page => Mrs. Collins (as Angelica Torn)
Bruce Norris => Stanley Cunningham
Bruce Willis => Dr. Malcolm Crowe
Carlos Xavier Lopez => Spanish Ghost on Tape (as Carlos X. López) (voice)
Donnie Wahlberg => Vincent Grey
Glenn Fitzgerald => Sean
Greg Wood => Mr. Collins
Haley Joel Osment => Cole Sear
Jeffrey Zubernis => Bobby
Mischa Barton => Kyra Collins
Olivia Williams => Anna Crowe
Peter Anthony Tambakis => Darren (as Peter Tambakis)
Toni Collette => Lynn Sear
Trevor Morgan => Tommy Tammisimo

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The movie's line "I see dead people" was voted as the #100 of "The 100 Greatest Movie Lines" by [Premiere] in 2007. It was voted as the #44 movie quote by the American Film Institute (out of 100). In 2007, the American Film Institute ranked this as the #89 Greatest Movie of All Time. This was one of the newest entries on the list (from films which were released between 1997 and 2005).
  • Liam Aiken turned down the role of Cole Sear.
  • M. Night Shyamalan pitched the film as a cross between The Exorcist and Ordinary People.
  • Counter to customary filmmaking technique, this movie was actually filmed in sequence.
  • Is one of only four horror films to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Picture; the other three were The Exorcist, Jaws, and The Silence of the Lambs.
  • M. Night Shyamalan wrote the role of Malcolm Crowe with Bruce Willis in mind.
  • Although Cole is supposed to be 9, Haley Joel Osment was actually 11.
  • Reputedly, Haley Joel Osment got the role of Cole Sear for one of three reasons: First, he was best for it. Second, he was the only boy at auditions who wore a tie. Third, M. Night Shyamalan was surprised when he asked Haley Joel Osment if he read his part. Osment replied, "I read it three times last night." Shyamalan was impressed saying, "Wow, you read your part three times?" To which Osment replied, "No, I read *the script* three times."
  • While in New York auditioning for Bringing Out the Dead, Toni Collette also auditioned for this film as an afterthought. She said the scene in the car toward the end of the film, which was the audition scene, was the scene that really drew her to the film. She has said that she was so moved by the emotional resonance of the story whilst filming, she didn't even realize it was a horror film until after its release.
  • This was the first of two movies that Bruce Willis owed Disney after he caused another production, The Broadway Brawler, to be shut down due to him firing the director. He also was paid $10 million, half of his usual salary at the time.
  • According to M. Night Shyamalan, the movie was inspired by an episode of [Are You Afraid of the Dark?] called {Are You Afraid of the Dark?: The Tale of the Dream Girl} directed by [?] David Winning in which leading characters are ignored by somebody and don't realize that they are dead until the final moment. In {The Tale of the Dream Girl}, a brother discovers that only his sister can see him and she ultimately shows him his own obituary.
  • While circling a passage in the notes, Bruce Willis does so with his right hand. Bruce Willis is actually left-handed; he learned how to write right-handed so that viewers wouldn't notice that his wedding band was no longer on his hand. Willis also draws the circle clockwise (like a left-handed person would), while most right-handed people would draw it counter-clockwise.
  • In the scene when Cole says the famous line "I see dead people", the camera does a closeup on Bruce Willis face. Producer Frank Marshall was worried that might have given the game away. It implied that Malcolm was a dead person. Fortunately, none of the audiences in the test screenings or afterwards picked up on it.
  • M. Night Shyamalan deliberately used the color red to depict when the world of the living and the world of the dead would crossover. If red was in a scene where that was not the case, he would change it.