Bruce Willis - Dr. Malcolm Crowe
Haley Joel Osment - Cole Sear
Toni Collette - Lynn Sear
Olivia Williams - Anna Crowe
Donnie Wahlberg - Vincent Gray
M. Night Shyamalan - Director
Barry Mendel - Producer
M. Night Shyamalan - Screenwriter
Tak Fujimoto - Cinematographer
James Newton Howard - Film Score
In this chilling, psychological thriller, 8-year-old Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) is haunted by a dark secret: he is visited by ghosts. A helpless and reluctant channel, Cole is terrified by threatening visitations from those with unresolved problems that appear from the shadows. Confused by his paranormal powers, Cole is too young to understand his purpose and too terrified to tell anyone about his torment, except child psychologist Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis). As Dr. Crowe tries to uncover the ominous truth about Cole's supernatural abilities, the consequences for client and therapist are a jolt that awakens them both to something harrowing--and unexplainable.
In 1994, when Philadelphia-based writer-director M. Night Shyamalan was editing his second film, Wide Awake, he had a premonition about his next project. He said to his editor, "You know, I'm going to write a screenplay called The Sixth Sense. Bruce Willis is going to star in it." The editor's response was a simple "Yeah, sure." Flash forward to September 1997. Shyamalan recalls, "I was in Los Angeles when my wife and I received the call that Hollywood Pictures was interested in The Sixth Sense. It was a very special time for us. "I called my Wide Awake editor and told him the news of the sale and the signing of Bruce Willis as the star," Shyamalan says. "He remembered my mention of the script. His response this time was an enthusiastic 'Get outta here.' It was all too eerie that my premonition actually came true."
Thus, the tone of Shyamalan's latest film, Hollywood Pictures'/Spyglass Entertainment's The Sixth Sense, had been set. Eerie, haunting, spine-tingling. It was a tone too irresistible for Hollywood to ignore. The sale of the script transpired in just a single day, a rarity in Hollywood, according to producer Barry Mendel. "Having known Night [Shyamalan] for many years, I was in the unique position of being able to read the script before anyone else in town," says Mendel, whose debut film was the critically acclaimed Rushmore. "My reaction to the story was one of enthusiasm and hope. Enthusiasm because of the strength of the story and hope because I really wanted to be part of getting this film made. It's a smart and stylish script."
"The Sixth Sense is frightening, disturbing, and horrific in the tradition of films like Rosemary's Baby, Repulsion, and The Omen," adds writer/director Shyamalan. "It's reality-based fright. It comes from the fears of real people, real children, and real adults; fears of loss, the unknown, of having a sixth sense about what lies beyond and fears of not understanding those intuitions." Shyamalan directed the project from start to finish with an empirical wisdom not found in many 28-year-olds; an instinct which inspired the Studio, his producers, his design team, and his cast and crew to bring to life this disturbing tale of a doctor and patient--a man and a boy--who together confront the things they can and cannot see.
Shyamalan says, "I wanted Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment and Olivia Williams and Toni Collette and Donnie Wahlberg because they were simply the best actors for the roles. I wanted Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy and Barry Mendel and Sam Mercer to produce because I trusted their opinions and experience. I wanted Tak Fujimoto [director of photography] and Larry Fulton [production designer] and Joanna Johnston [costume designer] and Andrew Mondshein [editor] because they've contributed their talents to some of my favorite films. I wanted to shoot in Philadelphia, not just because it's my hometown and I live there, but because there is no other American city that possesses the haunting beauty and history that Philly possesses.
"Sometimes in your life you just know what's right," adds Shyamalan. "Therefore, you can't compromise the situation. I got who I wanted and got what I wanted and it's all up there on the screen. The Sixth Sense is the best example of collaboration without compromise I've ever experienced."
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