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THE SIXTH SENSE (1999)

Adolescent Psychologist Malcolm Crowe's night of professional success is suddenly interrupted by an unhappy ex-patient who, in wounding Crowe, completes the perpetration with his suicide.  Following the aftermath of the encounter, Crowe takes to healing a young boy who allegedly "sees dead people."  Meanwhile Crowe's personal life seems to
be falling apart. With the help of the young boy, Cole, Crowe tries to piece together the mystery surrounding the both the young boy and his own personal life.

The cast includes: Bruce Willis, Toni Collette, Olivia Williams, and Haley Joel Osment.

Mr. Night Shyamalan, as the Writer/Director gives us one of the best ghost stories ever.

Oscar nominations include: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Writing, and Best Supporting Actor.

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A "distinguished," child psychologist, Dr. Malcolm Crowe, takes the case of Cole Sear, a sad, depressed, confused and frightened 8 year old, that Dr. Crowe at first thinks is suffering a lot from his parent's divorce, and his father's abandonment of him.

As the therapy continues Dr. Crowe not only helps Cole with these obvious surface problems, but also discovers what is really terrorizing Cole, the truth that Dr. Crowe finds himself completely unprepared to handle at first. In the end, the discovery of Cole's incredible 6th sense "leads them both to mysterious and unforeseeable consequences."

This film is described as a "most involving, intelligent psychological thriller," that engulfs the audience with "a riveting intensity, that is thoroughly chilling and utterly unforgettable." The pacing, direction, editing, music and script of the story creates a film that's truly a masterpiece, that is told well through the acting of its very talented cast.

Young Haley Joel Osment, whose character is in 90% of the scenes, is truly a very gifted child prodigy, and was nominated for "Best Supporting Actor," for his portrayal of the troubled Cole. He works very well with the adult actors, like a true professional that he is.

Bruce Willis "has never been better," in his portrayal of Dr. Crowe, and has really outdone himself as an actor, playing a character type that he hasn't played before. The two of them together, Bruce and Haley, really bring the script alive.

Toni Collette plays Cole's mother so well, that she also received an academy award nomination for "Best Supporting Actress."

Olivia Williams, who played Dr. Crowe's wife, superbly carries off her role, in such a way that allows the film's surprise ending to work.

Favorite Scenes include: The opening sequence of scenes, that set the course of the movie, Cole's 6th sense experiences with various ghosts, Dr. Crowe and Cole scenes, Cole & his Mom scenes, the party scene, the hospital scene, the sequence of scenes at the house after the girl's funeral, and the surprise ending.

The Music, by James Newton Howard, and the sound effects add greatly to the spookiness, and intensity of the scenes, and quick editing in just the right spots punctuate the scary highlights for both Cole and the then involved film's audience.

THE SIXTH SENSE is definitely not for young children, or children sensitive to scary material, because Cole's experiences are very well acted, and are portrayed as being terrifying to this young boy; though finally, with Dr. Crowe's help, he is able to cope with and conquer his fear, and ultimately help the ghosts that come to him.

Written & Directed by: Mr. Night Shyamalan. Produced by: Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy, and Barry Mendel.

If you enjoyed THE SIXTH SENSE you may like GHOST, WHAT LIES BENEATH, THE GIFT, ALL OF ME, THE SHINING, THE HAUNTING, BEETLEJUICE, and/or FRIGHTENERS.

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