The Sixth Sense

  • 15
  • M Night Shyamalan (1999)
  • US
  • 102 min
The Sixth Sense
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Film Review
Reviewed By
5 out of 5

Writer/director M Night Shyamalan has fashioned a modern classic here, a chilly, intelligent, emotional ghost story that relies not on the obligatory gore and knifeplay for its many shocks but on glimpses of an afterlife that's anything but angels and harps. Bruce Willis plays it quiet and reflective as the child psychologist attempting to get inside the head of the young Haley Joel Osment, who sees dead people "all the time". Toni Collette (Muriel's Wedding) is equally convincing as the boy's troubled mum and, though the film's initial impact hinged on chatter about its knockout twist ending (the sort to have you buying another ticket), in truth it's the controlled pace of Shyamalan's direction and the simplicity of his storytelling that make it so rewatchable.

Plot Summary

Supernatural drama starring Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment. On the same night that he receives an award for his achievements, child psychologist Malcolm Crowe is injured after a confrontation with disturbed ex-patient Vincent Gray. Nevertheless, several months later he decides to take on the case of a nine-year-old boy, who claims he can see dead people, just as Gray had done.

Cast and crew


Malcolm Crowe
Bruce Willis
Cole Sear
Haley Joel Osment
Lynn Sear
Toni Collette
Anna Crowe
Olivia Williams
Vincent Gray
Donnie Wahlberg
Glenn Fitzgerald
Kyra Collins
Mischa Barton
Tommy Tammisimo
Trevor Morgan
Doctor Hill
M Night Shyamalan


M Night Shyamalan

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Buena Vista
Violence and swearing.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 5 Nov 1999
Certificate 15