The Sixth Sense


(out of 5)

Surprisingly creepy thriller about a young boy () who is terrorized by his ability to see dead people walking around just as well as he sees the living. With the help of a child psychiatrist () who has his own problems with his estranged wife (), the boy tries to abate his fears by finding out what these spirits might want of him. Turns out they need his help to clear up some unfinished business with their loved ones before they leave the earth for good.  Typical humdrum conventions of spiritual thrillers are avoided deftly by M. Night Shyamalan’s smooth direction and confident use of character of spectacle.  is absolutely superb as the boy’s troubled mother, who tries but doesn’t know how to help her seemingly detached son.

Hollywood Pictures, Spyglass Entertainment, The Kennedy/Marshall Company, Barry Mendel Productions

USA, 1999

Directed by

Screenplay by M. Night Shyamalan

Cinematography by 

Produced by , ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards:  1999

Golden Globe Awards:  1999


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