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The Omen (1976)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery  |  25 June 1976 (USA)
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Mysterious deaths surround an American ambassador. Could the child that he is raising actually be the anti-christ? The devil's own son?



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Robert and Katherine Thorn seem to have it all. They are happily married and he is the US Ambassador to Great Britain, but they want more than to have children. When Katharine has a stillborn child, Robert is approached by a priest at the hospital who suggests that they take a healthy newborn whose mother has just died in childbirth. Without telling his wife he agrees. After relocating to London, strange events - and the ominous warnings of a priest - lead him to believe that the child he took from that Italian hospital is evil incarnate. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

25 June 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Antichrist  »

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$2,800,000 (estimated)

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Guglielmo Spoletini and Alf Joint are dubbed by Robert Rietty. See more »


When Mr. Thorne is in Damien's room with the scissors while he is asleep, you can see Damien's eyes blink. See more »


[first lines]
Father Spiletto: [voiceover] The child is dead. He breathed for a moment. Then he breathed no more. The child is dead. Dead. The child is dead.
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Opening credits prologue: ROME JUNE 6TH-6AM See more »


Referenced in Doctor Who: The Shakespeare Code (2007) See more »


The Piper Dreams
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Arranged by Arthur Morton
Lyrics by Carol Heather Goldsmith
Sung by Carol Heather Goldsmith
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A great supernatural thriller, undeservedly bashed over the years
11 January 2005 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

"The Omen" was included in a recent book I read of THE 1000 MOVIES YOU MUST SEE BEFORE YOU DIE! - ironic since fellow IMDb user Theo Robertson claims it was included as an entry in a similar book titled THE 50 WORST FILMS OF ALL TIME.

I've always really liked "The Omen" and, like Theo, think it is superior to "The Exorcist." It's more chilling and freaky and subtle. There isn't any fake pea soup here, either. Which isn't to say that "The Exorcist" isn't any good - but it hasn't fared as well over the years.

"The Omen" is just really good. It was released the same year as Exorcist if I'm not mistaken and Gregory Peck gives a fine performance. The part where a character's head is lopped off and rolls across a street in slow-motion, and then director Richard Donner cuts to a whole new sequence, is really chilling and bizarre.

It's that sort of eerie unexplained stuff that makes this, in my opinion, superior to a lot of the other stuff out there - i.e. many other trashy supernatural flicks that don't hold anything against this.

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