The Sixth Sense

Cole (Haley Joel Osment) reveals to Dr Malcolm (Bruce Willis) his ability to see the spirits of the dead after an unpleasant experience in a birthday party. Malcolm fears that the child might be having a mental illness, but is determined to help Cole by "cooperating" with him. By that, he tells him to help the spirits he see - not to fear them. The advice succeeds as Cole returns to normal life, and ceases to be "freaky." That's where a satisfied Malcolm and Cole say goodbye to each other. Malcolm returns home to his distant wife, and finds her sleeping on the couch in front of the TV, as their wedding tape plays on the screen. She gasps quietly, "Malcolm, why did you leave me?" and then she drops a wedding ring on the floor. Malcolm watches the ring, terrified, only to see that his wife wears her own wedding ring. He then looks at his left hand... And his ring isn't there. Horrified Malcolm realises the shocking truth: he was dead all along, and was one of the spirits Cole could've seen. A flashback of the dreadful night a year before returns to him, as he realises he didn't survive the fatal gunshot wound. Malcolm, now enlightened, sits next to his sleeping wife, and fades out as the screen playing the wedding tape turns white.

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Malcolm Crowe is showing Cole the "vanishing penny" trick, watch Malcolm's hair as the scenes cut back and forth between the child and Malcolm. Malcolm's hair (front) goes from perfectly combed to a duck tail. (00:38:30)

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Trivia: For his role as Vincent, Donnie Wahlberg lost so much weight that, between when he met M. Night Shyamalan and when he arrived on set for filming, Shyamalan found him completely unrecognizable.

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Question: Since Vincent (Malcolm's ex patient who shot him) can also see ghosts, is there any connection with him and Cole or is it just an amazing coincidence?

Answer: There is no direct connection between Cole and Vincent, and it is not really a coincidence. Cole and Vincent did not know each other, but they shared the same ability to see and hear ghosts. After Malcolm was shot and killed, he sought out Cole without understanding that he himself was dead. Vincent was Malcolm's patient and had been deeply troubled because he also saw ghosts. Malcolm is somehow driven to find and help Cole understand and to accept his ability to see and speak to the deceased.

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