“I see dead people.” One of the best-known taglines in movie history also summed up the main storyline in four words. The Sixth Sense is usually classified as a horror film, but not by me. I consider it a dark thriller.
Haley Joel Osment and Bruce Willis starred in this tale of the supernatural that featured one of the best surprise endings in movie history. (And please, don’t anyone spoil it for those who haven’t seen the movie yet.)
The Sixth Sense was produced on what today passes for a modest budget ($40 million) and almost earned that on its opening weekend. It was the number one movie at the box office for five consecutive weeks and earned a worldwide gross of $672.8 million. A pretty good return on the dollar, wouldn’t you say?
Six Academy Award nominations verified the film’s impact. They were for Director and Screenplay (M. Night Shyamalan), Supporting Actor (Osment), Supporting Actress (Toni Collette), Editing, and Best Picture.
M. Night Shyamalan may yet come up with a worthwhile follow-up to this spooky thriller, but he hasn’t so far. He may join the ranks of other directors who burst onto the scene with great promise, never to match their initial offering. But if that’s his destiny, he can always take comfort in knowing that he wrote and directed a classic American film.