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The Sixth Sense
(1999)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Co-Orchestrated by:
Jeff Atmajian
Brad Dechter
Robert Elhai
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(August 24th, 1999)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if the music that James Newton Howard has provided for M. Night Shyamalan films has never let you down, because The Sixth Sense is one of the most understated of the collaboration.

Avoid it... if you expect the score on album to convey more than just the few fantastic highlights that you hear in the film itself.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #133
WRITTEN 8/26/99, REVISED 6/9/08
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The Sixth Sense: (James Newton Howard) So many films attempt to perfect the "gotcha" scenario and so few actually succeed. The Sixth Sense put writer and director M. Night Shyamalan on the mainstream map for good because the 1999 film's twist of story is so well executed that even hardened veterans of the theatre may not have seen the ending coming. Bruce Willis plays a child psychologist who attempts to assist a young boy (Haley Joel Osment in his breakout role) with his ability to see and interact with ghosts and, along the way, views his relationship with his wife (and the world) in a frightening new perspective. Composer James Newton Howard's collaboration with Shyamalan would continue to yield fruit for many years to come and, in retrospect, The Sixth Sense seems rather generic and conservative by comparison. Of the several mainstream horror, suspense, and fantasy scores that Howard produced for Shyamalan over their first ten years together, The Sixth Sense is arguably the least interesting standalone score. It is, however, an example of music that works very well in the film. This is definitely a score meant to be partnered with its visuals, for less than ten minutes of it translates into a compelling (or even interesting) listening experience. The restraint with which Howard allows the story to unfold is remarkable; only when necessary does he develop the score to levels that match specific action in the picture. His work is constructed much like the film's story, revealing fragments of what will eventually be the great "revelation cue" that dominates the work at the end. So much of the score is aimed at preparing the listener for that final five-minute cue (and even just 30 seconds within it) that the payoff might not be worth a short album with little to grasp on to before that finale. Since the film is largely conversational, however, this technique works.

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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 30:15
• 1. Run to the Church (1:20)
• 2. De Profundis (2:24)
• 3. Mind Reading (2:43)
• 4. Photographs (0:53)
• 5. Suicide Ghost (1:33)
• 6. Malcolm's Story/Cole's Secret (4:03)
• 7. Hanging Ghosts (2:31)
• 8. Tape of Vincent (3:27)
• 9. Help the Ghosts/Kyra's Ghost (4:28)
• 10. Kyra's Tape (2:00)
• 11. Malcolm is Dead (4:47)

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