Movie Endings Explained – The Sixth Sense (1999)

Last Updated on August 5, 2021

Movie endings, they're usually pretty straight forward right? Everything pays off, the main characters learn something, and our heroes ride off into the sunset. Sometimes though, we don't get the typical ending from a movie, we get something much more nuanced, complex and open ended. The kind of endings that leave things up in the air for all of us to debate and theorize on until we're blue in the face. With Movie Endings Explained, we aim to delve into some of the more ambiguous and mysterious endings to films that have left audiences scratching their heads for years, and to attempt to explain them. In most cases, a definitive answer isn't really there, so we definitely want to hear from YOU on how you interpret the various endings we'll be discussing with this series.

If you were going to see one movie in 1999, it was STAR WARS. But if you were going to see two movies in 1999, the other might very well have been THE SIXTH SENSE. M. Night Shyamalan's surprise hit became the second highest grossing film of the year, and wowed audiences with its twist ending. Now, twenty years on, has the infamous revelation at the end of the film held up? While the twist itself needs little explanation, the clues along the way, how THE SIXTH SENSE really has a twist opening, and how important the color red is to the film's central theme, are all worth discussing and exploring!


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