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Bruce Willis re-teams with 'Sixth Sense' writer-director M. Night Shyamalan for this tense, atmospheric thriller. David Dunn (Willis) is the sole survivor of one of the worst train crashes in US history. Walking away without a scratch on him, Dunn is unable to explain why he should have been spared; but then, when he meets the mysterious Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson), he is encouraged to begin asking himself important questions. Why has he never fallen sick? Why has he never been injured? What purpose could there be to his special gifts?

Product Details

Movies & TV
29 Jul 2013
Region 2
English, French, Italian
Walt Disney Studios Home Ent.
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102 min
Age Restriction
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Release Year
Running Time
107 min
Dramas / Action / Heroes / Supernatural / Suspense / Theatrical Release / Thriller
UNBREAKABLE stars Bruce Willis as David Dunne, a Philadelphia security guard and the sole survivor of a disasterous train wreck. Not only is David still alive after the crash--he's completely unharmed. After this miraculous incident, he's contacted by the mysterious Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson), a dealer of comic book art who seems to have the opposite physicality--his bones tend to snap like twigs. As Elijah attempts to help the reluctant hero realize his superhuman potential, David tries to make amends with his estranged wife (Robin Wright Penn) and son (Spencer Treat Clark).

Following the runaway success of THE SIXTH SENSE, writer-director M. Night Shyamalan once again teams up with Willis for another bleak supernatural tale with a surprising finale. Although Willis and Jackson are excellent in their roles, the highlights of the film are Eduardo Serra's cinematography and Shyamalan's direction, which are eerily atmospheric and inventive--in certain sequences, for example, entire scenes are shot as reflections on glass. UNBREAKABLE is a superhero film at heart, but Shyamalan's somber aesthetic transforms it into something far more intriguing.
Theatrical release: November 22, 2000.

Filmed on location in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Writer-director M. Night Shyamalan makes an appearance in the film as the drug dealer in the stadium.

Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson also star together in DIE HARD WITH A VENGEANCE. In addition, the two actors both appear in PULP FICTION, though they're never on screen at the same time. And oddly enough, both are in National Lampoon's LOADED WEAPON 1.

Spencer Treat Clark also appears in another hit film of 2000: GLADIATOR.

James Newton Howard also composed the score for THE SIXTH SENSE and more than 75 other films, including PRIMAL FEAR, THE DEVIL'S ADVOCATE, and STIR OF ECHOES.

The song "Battle" by the British band Blur is featured in some of the film's trailers.

Paul Tatara of cnn.com voted UNBREAKABLE one of the top ten movies of 2000.
Cast & Crew
M. Night Shyamalan
Samuel L. Jackson / Bruce Willis / Spencer Treat Clark / Robin Wright Penn / Charlayne Woodard
James Newton Howard
Executive Producer
Gary Barber / Roger Birnbaum
Barry Mendel / Sam Mercer / M. Night Shyamalan
Director of Photography
Eduardo Serra
Dylan Tichenor
Production Designer
Larry Fulton
Costume Designer
Joanna Johnston
Art Director
Steve Arnold
Movie Critics
Box Office
"...All is revealed with a stealth that makes UNBREAKABLE the kind of movie that's talked about well after the credits roll..."
Tim Cogshell (1 Jan 2001, p.65)
Chicago Sun-Times
"...As quietly intriguing as THE SIXTH SENSE....An uncommonly absorbing movie..."
Roger Ebert (22 Nov 2000, p.52)
Entertainment Weekly
"...Somberly fantastic....Jackson gives a delicate and haunted performance." -- Rating: B+
Owen Gleiberman (5 Jan 2001, p.51)
New York Times
"...UNBREAKABLE [shows] Mr. Shyamalan's remarkable growth as a director....This is a superhero comic rendered as a haiku....Mr. Willis has the charisma to hold an audience....Mr. Jackson does wonders with [his] role..."
Elvis Mitchell (22 Nov 2000, pp.E1-17)
Sight and Sound
"...Unforgettable suspense sequences..."
Kim Newman (1 Feb 2001, p.54-5)
Total Film
"...Intriguing....UNBREAKABLE is likely to surprise you....Jackson is suitably uncanny..." -- 4 out of 5 stars
Dan Jolin (1 Feb 2001, p.76-7)