Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Starring: Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette, Olivia Williams, and a shrivelled Donnie Wahlberg.
The acting is excellent, especially young Haley Joel Osment. Willis plays his part well and he seems to be able to interact well with Osment, whose performance as the troubled young boy was astonishing. Osment's character has an interesting depth and a large amount of dialogue (rare for young actors). Toni Collette does her best as Lynn Sear, Cole's mother and Olivia Williams (playing Crowe's wife) and Donnie Wahlberg (the patient who shoots Crowe) have nice small parts as well.
One of the most interesting parts of the movie is when Dr. Crowe asks Cole the question, "What do you think the dead people are trying to tell you?" A question that is always asked by viewers of a horror film, but seldom by the film itself. However, the film still does a good job showing that Cole is still scared of the ghosts, whether they are friendly or not.
The film was written and directed by N. Night Shyamalan, who has done an admirable job. The whole movie has a certain visual flare, though there were a few unnecessary "Boo!" shots (supplimented by the jumpy score). I must admit that I was kicking myself when the movie ended because the solution to many of the film's questions is in plain view for the whole movie, I just never noticed. This surprise ending is what makes this movie an enjoyable experience and, as is usually the case with movies that have a surprise ending, I want to watch it again to see all the stuff I missed the first time around.
Did you know:
About a year ago, while shooting The Sixth Sense in Philadelphia, Bruce Willis participated in a Blues Traveler concert in the Jake Nevin Fieldhouse of Villanova University (my school!).
The color red is used throughout to foreshadow or signify ghostly happenings.
The film puts forth a definite viewpoint of the afterlife. Do you agree with this outlook?
Do you believe in Ghosts? If so, do you believe them to be friendly or malicious? Why?
Sixth Sense, The (1999) (IMDB page)
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The Sixth Sense (VHS)
The Sixth Sense (CD): Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
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