The 6th Man

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

The 6th Man (Touchstone Movie)

“The 6th Man” is a heartwarming sports comedy film released in 1997, directed by Randall Miller. The movie revolves around the bond between two college basketball-playing brothers and the supernatural twist that changes their lives forever.

Antoine Tyler (Kadeem Hardison) and Kenny Tyler (Marlon Wayans) are star players on the basketball team at a university in Washington. They are inseparable both on and off the court, and their incredible talent leads the team to impressive victories. As they dream of making it to the NBA, tragedy strikes when Antoine suffers a fatal heart attack during a critical game.

Devastated by his brother’s death, Kenny’s life takes an unexpected turn when Antoine’s ghost returns to help him and the team. However, there’s a catch: Antoine can only be seen and heard by Kenny. Despite the unusual situation, Kenny realizes that with his brother’s supernatural assistance, he can still play at his full potential, earning him the nickname “The 6th Man” as if Antoine were the team’s unseen sixth player.

As the story unfolds, “The 6th Man” blends elements of sports, comedy, and drama. The film follows Kenny and Antoine’s journey, navigating the challenges of being an invisible teammate, helping the team win games, and dealing with the emotional impact of Antoine’s death on their family, friends, and the basketball community.

While the movie uses the supernatural element for comedic effect, it also delves into deeper themes of grief, love, and the power of brotherhood. Kenny’s relationship with Antoine is central to the film, illustrating the unbreakable bond between siblings and the impact one person can have on the lives of those they leave behind.

Marlon Wayans delivers a standout performance, portraying both the comedic and emotional aspects of his character with skill and sensitivity. Kadeem Hardison’s portrayal of Antoine captures the spirit of a carefree and charismatic young man whose love for the game transcends even death.

“The 6th Man” strikes a balance between lighthearted humor and touching moments, making it an enjoyable and uplifting film that appeals to both sports enthusiasts and those looking for a heartfelt story about the power of family and love. While not a critical success upon release, the movie has gained a cult following over the years and remains a beloved touchstone in the sports comedy genre.

Additional Details


  • Marlon Wayans: Kenny Tyler
  • Kadeem Hardison: Antoine Tyler
  • David Paymer: Coach Pederson
  • Michael Michele: R.C. St. John
  • Kevin Dunn: Mikulski
  • Gary Jones: Gertz
  • Lorenzo Orr: Malik Major
  • Vladimir Ćuk: Zigi Hrbaček
  • Travis Ford: Danny O’Grady
  • Jack Karuletwa: Luther Lasalle
  • Chris Spencer: Jimmy Stubbs
  • Kirk Baily: Coach Nicholls
  • Saundra McClain: Camille Tyler


  • Director: Randall Miller
  • Producers: David Hoberman
  • Writer: Christopher Reed and Cynthia Carle

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