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Sixth Sense, The (1999)

8-year-old Cole (Haley Joel Osment) confesses to his shrink: “I see dead people”. But what do the lost souls of the world want from this child?

Although Bruce Willis stars in The Sixth Sense, his name is not highlighted on movie posters because the makers wanted to let the suspense chiller find its audience through word of mouth.

Ironically, Willis turns in his most sympathetic performance to date as Cole’s psychiatrist, Malcolm Crowe.

Osment is even better as his patient – a courageous boy confused and terrified by his unwanted gift.

Writer/Director Manoj Night Shyamalan displays an assured touch in this ghostly shocker about fear and loss, shot in a gloomy Philadelphia.

And only the more horror-literate moviegoers would guess the story’s final twist.

Cole Sear
Haley Joel Osment
Dr Malcolm Crowe
Bruce Willis
Lynn Sear
Toni Collette
Anna Crowe
Olivia Williams
Tommy Tammisimo
Trevor Morgan
Vincent Grey
Donnie Wahlberg
Peter Tambakis
Jeffrey Zubernis
Stanley Cunningham
Bruce Norris
Glenn Fitzgerald
Mr Collins
Greg Wood
Mrs Collins
Angelica Page
Kyra Collins
Mischa Barton

M Night Shyamalan