The Sixth Sense

The Sixth Sense

M Night Shyamalan (1999)

102min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
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.

Summary

A child psychologist, disheartened after the suicide of a former patient, takes on the case of a terrified boy haunted by ghostly apparitions, and tries to help him discover what the spirits want from him. M Night Shyamalan's supernatural thriller, starring Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette and Olivia Williams.

Cast & Crew

Malcolm Crowe Bruce Willis
Cole Sear Haley Joel Osment
Lynn Sear Toni Collette
Anna Crowe Olivia Williams
Vincent Gray Donnie Wahlberg
Sean Glenn Fitzgerald
Kyra Collins Mischa Barton
Tommy Tammisimo Trevor Morgan
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Buena VistaGuidance: Violence, swearing. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 5 Nov 1999
Drama