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Haley Joel Osment in The Sixth Sense

Haley Joel Osment in The Sixth Sense





How the mighty M Night Shyamalan has fallen since this, possibly the most barnstorming debut in the past 25 years. I’d have said “except Reservoir Dogs” except that Tarantino’s film wasn’t his debut (the barely seen My Best Friend’s Birthday, the final reel of which got burnt up in a lab fire, has that honour). But then a lot of people don’t know that The Sixth Sense wasn’t Shyamalan’s debut film either; it was his third. Those hugely digressive factoids to one side, Shyamalan’s certainly most famous film to date gave us Haley Joel Osment as a young boy being pestered by unquiet spirits. The boy doesn’t like it and so ends up being once-overed by a child shrink who (it being Bruce Willis) could do with a little help himself. Now that the years have gone by and Shyamalan is no longer so white hot, it’s become a minor sport to pick holes in this, still his best film. The Sixth Sense once was seen as a classic of textures and atmospheres, but some now prefer to describe it as a thinly plotted horror flick full of tricksy lighting. Bruce Willis’s performance has gone from being sensitive and daring to another doomed attempt to broaden his range – get back in the box marked Die Hard! This is all very unfair. What about that twist ending that everyone now claims they could see coming? They couldn’t. And what about “I see dead people”? Even dialogue sensei Mr Tarantino hasn’t crafted anything with that line’s staying power. Not even “This is some fucked-up repugnant shit” (Samuel L Jackson in Pulp Fiction, you knew that). Though Tarantino’s line is, let’s face it, funnier.


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The Sixth Sense (1999)
Run time: 107 min
Rating: 8.2
Genres: Drama | Mystery | Thriller
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Writers: M. Night Shyamalan
Stars: Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette
Trivia: A boy who communicates with spirits that don’t know they’re dead seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist.
Storyline Malcom Crowe is a child psychologist who receives an award on the same night that he is visited by a very unhappy ex-patient. After this encounter, Crowe takes on the task of curing a young boy with the same ills as the ex-patient. This boy “sees dead people”. Crowe spends a lot of time with the boy (Cole) much to the dismay of his wife. Cole’s mom is at her wit’s end with what to do about her son’s increasing problems. Crowe is the boy’s only hope. Written by Jeff Mellinger <>
Plot Keywords: boy, child psychologist, patient, spirit, ghost
Box Office Budget: $40,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend: £257,479 (UK) (5 November 1999)
Gross: $293,501,675 (USA) (12 May 2000)