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The Omen -- An American ambassador learns to his horror that his son is actually the literal Antichrist.
The Omen -- Father Brennan implores Mr. Thorn to accept Christ as his personal savior.
The Omen -- An American ambassador learns to his horror that his son is actually the literal Antichrist.
The Omen -- Father Brennan senses that something is trying to get him.
The Omen -- Katherine and Robert take Damien to church.

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Director:
Writer:
David Seltzer (written by)
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Release Date:
25 June 1976 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
OUR FINAL WARNING. See more »
Plot:
Mysterious deaths surround an American ambassador. Could the child that he is raising actually be the anti-christ? The devil's own son? Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 2 wins & 8 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
He's evil. Pure evil! See more (289 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gregory Peck ... Robert Thorn

Lee Remick ... Katherine Thorn

David Warner ... Jennings

Billie Whitelaw ... Mrs. Baylock

Harvey Stephens ... Damien

Patrick Troughton ... Father Brennan
Martin Benson ... Father Spiletto
Robert Rietty ... Monk
Tommy Duggan ... Priest
John Stride ... The Psychiatrist
Anthony Nicholls ... Dr. Becker

Holly Palance ... Nanny
Roy Boyd ... Reporter
Freda Dowie ... Nun
Sheila Raynor ... Mrs. Horton
Robert MacLeod ... Horton
Bruce Boa ... Thorn's Aide
Don Fellows ... Thorn's Second Aide
Patrick McAlinney ... Photographer
Dawn Perllman ... Chambermaid
Nancy Mannigham ... Nurse (as Nancy Manningham)
Miki Iveria ... First Nun
Betty McDowall ... American Secretary

Nicholas Campbell ... Marine
Burnell Tucker ... Secret Service Man
Ronald Leigh-Hunt ... Gentleman at Rugby Match
Guglielmo Spoletini ... Italian Taxi Driver
Ya'ackov Banai ... Arab (as Yakov Banai)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harvey Bernhard ... Man walking across street (uncredited)

Leo McKern ... Carl Bugenhagen (uncredited)
Bill Reimbold ... General (uncredited)
Christine Spooner ... Funeral mourner (uncredited)
Damian John Spooner ... Boy at top of slide (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Donner 
 
Writing credits
David Seltzer (written by)

Produced by
Harvey Bernhard .... producer
Mace Neufeld .... executive producer
Charles Orme .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
 
Cinematography by
Gilbert Taylor (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Stuart Baird 
 
Casting by
Maude Spector 
 
Art Direction by
Carmen Dillon 
 
Makeup Department
Stuart Freeborn .... chief make-up
Patricia McDermott .... hairdresser (as Pat McDermott)
 
Production Management
Claude Hudson .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steve Lanning .... second assistant director
David Tomblin .... assistant director
Stuart Baird .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
George Ball .... property master
Tessa Davies .... set dresser
Reg Richards .... construction manager
George Richardson .... assistant art director
John Chisholm .... property master (uncredited)
Tom Jung .... poster artist (uncredited)
Tom Jung .... poster designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Gordon Everett .... sound recordist
Christopher Lancaster .... dialogue editor (as Chris Lancaster)
Doug E. Turner .... dubbing mixer (as Doug Turner)
Les Wiggins .... dubbing editor
Charlie McFadden .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
John Richardson .... special effects
George Gibbs .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Roy Field .... optical effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Alf Joint .... stunt coordinator
Vic Armstrong .... stunts (uncredited)
Alf Joint .... stunt double: Lee Remick (uncredited)
Wendy Leech .... stunt double: Holly Palance (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gerry Anstiss .... camera operator
Bob Penn .... stillsman (as Robert Penn)
Ron Taberer .... chief electrician
Peter Bloor .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tiny Nicholls .... wardrobe supervisor (as G.W. Nicholls)
 
Editorial Department
Chris Ridsdale .... assistant editor
Mark Nakamine .... colorist (digital color correction) (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Lionel Newman .... conductor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Carolee Danz .... assistant to producer
Jeanne Ferber .... production assistant
Jeanne Ferber .... production secretary
Judy Friesen .... special assistant to director
Bernard Hanson .... location manager
Robert Munger .... religious advisor: producers
Elaine Schreyeck .... continuity
Don Williams .... religious adviser to producers (as Rev. Don Williams Ph.D)
Ben Woodgate .... owner: dogs
Ben Woodgate .... trainer: dogs
Joan Woodgate .... owner: dogs
Joan Woodgate .... trainer: dogs
Gordon Arnell .... unit publicist (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
111 min | Germany:107 min (cut version)
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Certification:
Argentina:18 (original rating) | Argentina:13 (re-rating) | Australia:MA (25th anniversary special edition) | Australia:R (original rating) | Brazil:16 | Canada:R | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:R (video rating) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (2001) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1992) | Finland:K-18 (cut) (1976) | France:-12 | Germany:16 | Iceland:16 | New Zealand:R16 (1992 re-rating) | New Zealand:R18 (original rating) | New Zealand:(Banned) (video release, 1989-1991) | Norway:18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:15 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 (cut) | UK:18 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (tv rating) | UK:15 (video rating: special features, additional material) (2008) | UK:15 (video rating: 30th anniversary edition) (2006) | UK:15 (video re-rating) (2006) | UK:18 (video rating) (1987) (1999) | USA:R (MPAA rating: certificate #24560) | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
Richard Donner had read the script in one sitting and had heard that 20th Century Fox had already passed on the project. He repitched it to studio head Alan Ladd Jr. when the two were sitting down to dinner one night. Ladd was impressed with his enthusiasm and committed to the project.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The process for revealing a photo goes like this: Revealer, Water, Fixer and Water. When Jennings is revealing the picture, he takes it out of the revealer and exposes it to light, without the picture being submerged in fixer. A picture that has not been in fixer will start blackening instantly by the light. He treated the photo as though the whole process had been completed.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Son of the Mask (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Piper DreamsSee more »

FAQ

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50 out of 57 people found the following review useful.
He's evil. Pure evil!, 24 March 2006
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

Robert Thorn the American ambassador to Great Britain watches his wife's pregnancy when a priest tells him that his newborn has died, but he convinces him to substitute the baby (the wife not knowing) with another child that lost its mother in labour at the same time. Watching their young child growing up, he starts show unnerving signs, which the parents slowly start picking up on and also bizarre tragedies start occurring. This leads Robert on a whirlwind investigation that all points to his son being the Anti-Christ.

Right off the heals of 'The Exorcist' successful stint with moviegoers comes another one of those endless 70s religious themed horror flicks involving Satanism. 'The Omen', I'd definitely say is one of the better horror films in the shadow of "The Exorcist', but I'll even go to say its an vast improvement over it's influencer. That might be a surprise for some, but I found this film superior as it was more entertaining, fascinating and truly creepy in its context and shocks. Everything about it has a knack for falling into place. From the impending doom that's achieved by its coldly layered atmosphere to a premise that teases the viewer on how it's all going to play out. I won't deny that it seems silly enough when you pay close attention to it all, but with such conviction in the performances and that off confident direction, these factors makes sure that it doesn't slip overboard into cheesy daftness. Another stroke of brilliance would be Jerry Goldsmith's memorably, nerve-wrecking score with those explosive chants scattered throughout.

On a grand scale the film was efficiently catered with well established cinematography and polished set-pieces that had penetrating might, which director Richard Donner handled with precise skill. Even when there wasn't much happening he knew how to keep things compellingly tight with good pacing and impressible imagery. Though, when it came to the essential thrills, he caps off some remotely tense (dogs' attack) and macabre moments (infamous decapitation) that display bite and flair. The climax is great and the ending is a fitting imprint too. The plot is filled with shocking revelations, interesting characters and it emits a glorious amount of excitement and dread from it mysterious outset.

The performances are that of top quality by a stellar cast. Gregory Peck and Lee Remick are convincingly excellent as Mr and Mrs Thorn. David Warner turns in a marvellous performance as the photographer Keith Jennings. Then Billie Whitelaw is genuinely creepy as Damien's nanny Mrs. Baylock. Patrick Troughton is superb as the withering Father Brennan. But my applause goes to Harvey Stephens' who's the epitome of evil… well; he definitely looked the part and had a memorizing awe as Damien. Although, Peck deserves more credit really, as he brought such devotion to his character that we honestly feel the pain and confusion that hits home.

One of the true benchmarks of horror, along the same lines of 'The Exorcist', but for me it beats that film all ends up. Expect a devilishly good time!

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