Horror/Suspense: A child
psychiatrist tries to help a
troubled eight-year-old boy who's
haunted by visions and encounters
with dead people.
Dr. Malcolm Crowe (BRUCE WILLIS)
is a child psychiatrist
celebrating a recent award with
his loving wife Anna (OLIVIA
WILLIAMS). Their happiness turns
to terror when a former and now
adult patient, Vincent Gray
(DONNIE WAHLBERG), breaks into
their house claiming Crowe failed
him. Before the doctor can figure
out what he means, Gray shoots
him and then kills himself.
Move ahead several months,
Malcolm takes on a new case
regarding a troubled
eight-year-old boy, Cole Sear
(HALEY JOEL OSMENT). It seems
that Cole has no friends, spends
most of his time in the local
church or in a tent in his room
filled with religious figures,
and behaves in what most would
consider a psychotic fashion.
Cole is reluctant to talk to this
stranger, but when the doctor
exposes his own faults detailing
his seemingly failing marriage --
the boy begins to open up.
Meanwhile, Malcolm worries that
his wife may be having an affair
with one of her co-workers.
Cole's troubles are far worse.
He's constantly visited by dead
people, most of whom don't
realize they've died. Terrified
by the encounters, Cole -- with
the help of Dr. Crowe -- tries to
deal with the visits.
Dr. Crowe suggests to Cole that
maybe the reason the dead visit
him is they want to tell him
something. He tells Cole that if
he listens to what the dead
visitors have to say, perhaps
they will go away. Cole agrees to
the doctor's suggestion.
He has a visit with a young dead
girl. He and Crowe then visit the
girl's home and Cole finds and
gives a small wooden box to the
girl's father. Inside the box is
a videotape. The father views the
videotape and sees his now dead
daughter putting on a puppet
show. The puppet show ends but
the tape keeps rolling as the
mother comes in with food. He
watches as she puts a toxic
chemical into the girl's food.
The mother killed her daughter
and that is what the girl wanted
her father to know.
Later, Cole suggests that Crowe
talk to his wife while she is
asleep. That she will listen to
him then. Crowe suddenly realizes
that he is dead. He died from the
shooting. Now it all makes sense.
His wife being distant. His
missing their anniversary dinner.
Her watching their wedding video.
Another man entering her life.
Crowe goes to his sleeping wife
and whispers to her that
everything will be different
tomorrow. Still asleep she tells
WHAT EVERYONE WILL BE
performance of 11-year-old Haley
Joel Osment. It's Oscar caliber.