The Sixth Sense (1999)
The Sixth Sense (1999) - Malcom Crowe (Bruce Willis) is a psychologist whose
terrifying experience with a troubled patient convinces him to devote
his life to helping disturbed children. He focuses on Cole (Haley Joel
Osment), a young boy who is able to see anguished dead people inhabiting
the world. As Crowe tries to cure Cole's tormenting visions, he moves
closer and closer to a terrifying truth about his own life. Directed by
M. Night Shyamalan.
The Sixth Sense is a 1999 American psychological horror film, written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. It tells the story of Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment), a troubled, isolated boy who is able to see and talk to the dead, and an equally troubled child psychologist (Bruce Willis) who tries to help him.
The film established Shyamalan as a writer and director, and introduced the cinema public to his signatures, most notably his affinity for twist endings.
The film was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis), a prominent child psychologist, returns home one night with his wife, Anna Crowe (Olivia Williams), from an event in which he was honored for his efforts with children. His wife tells him that everything in the world is second to his profession including her.
The two discover they are not alone—Vincent Grey (Donnie Wahlberg), a former patient of Crowe's, appears in the doorway of their bathroom naked, brandishing a gun saying, "I don't want to be afraid no more."
Grey accuses Crowe of failing him, and Crowe recognizes Vincent as a former patient whom he once treated as a child for hallucinations. Grey shoots Crowe in the lower stomach, and seconds later turns the gun on himself.
The next fall, Crowe begins working with another boy, nine year-old Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment), who has a condition similar to Vincent's. Crowe becomes dedicated to this patient, though he is haunted by doubts over his ability to help him after his failure with Vincent.
Meanwhile, he apparently begins to neglect his wife, with whom his relationship is falling apart. Crowe earns Cole's trust and Cole eventually confides in him that he "sees dead people that walk around like regular people."
Though Crowe at first thinks Cole is delusional, he eventually comes to believe that Cole is telling the truth and that Vincent may have had the same ability as Cole.
He realizes this one night as he is listening to one of his old tapes, recorded while he was treating Vincent, and hears the pleading voice of a Spanish-speaking ghost in the background.
He suggests to Cole that he try to find a purpose for his gift by communicating with the ghosts, perhaps to aid them in their unfinished business on Earth.
Cole at first does not want to, because the ghosts terrify him, but he soon decides to try it.
The reasons ghosts terrify him so much is they appear as creepy figures that want to hurt Cole, one is an overworked wife who slit her wrists, another that tries to hurt Cole is only heard as a voice who starts calmly pleading to Cole to let him out of the dark cupboard because he's suffocating, then yells at Cole that he didn't steal "the Master's horse" and threatens to attack Cole if he doesn't obey.
The final ghost to contact Cole before he meets his ghost he communicates with appears very briefly, a boy a bit older than him asks Cole to come into the room, to find the boy's father's gun, the boy turns around to show that his brains are blown out the back of his head, suggesting he accidentally shot himself.
Cole finally talks to one of the ghosts, a very sick girl who appears in his bedroom. He finds out where the girl, Kyra Collins (Mischa Barton), lived and goes to her house during her funeral reception. Kyra's ghost appears and gives Cole a box, which is opened to reveal a videotape.
The Sixth Sense (Deleted Scenes & Extended Ending)
When Cole gives it to Kyra's father, it shows Kyra's mother putting some type of household cleaner in Kyra's food (the continual illness may point to a slow poisoning in a case of Munchausen syndrome by proxy).
It is implied that this action will save the life of Kyra's younger sister, as funeral guests remark that she is starting to get sick, too.
Cole confesses his secret to his mother, Lynn (Toni Collette). Although his mother at first does not believe him, Cole soon tells Lynn that her own mother (Cole's grandmother) once went to see her perform in a dance recital one night when she was a child, and that Lynn was not aware of this because her mother stayed in the back of the audience where she could not be seen.
He also tells her the answer to a question she asked when alone at her mother's grave. Lynn tearfully accepts this as the truth. Cole also counsels Crowe on his marriage, suggesting he try talking to his wife while she is asleep. Crowe returns to his home, where he finds his wife asleep on the couch with the couple's wedding video on in the background, not for the first time.
As she sleeps, Anna's hand releases Malcolm's wedding ring (which he suddenly discovers he has not been wearing), revealing the twist ending of the film: Crowe himself was actually murdered by Vincent and was unknowingly dead the entire time he was working with Cole.
Due to Cole's efforts, Crowe's unfinished business – rectifying his failure to understand Vincent – is finally complete.
Recalling Cole's advice, Crowe speaks to his sleeping wife and fulfills the second reason he returned, saying she was "never second," and that he loves her.
Releasing her to move on with her own life, he is free to leave behind the world of the living.