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The Omen -- An American ambassador learns to his horror that his son is actually the literal Antichrist.
The Omen -- An American ambassador learns to his horror that his son is actually the literal Antichrist.

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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 Antichrist? The Devil's own son? Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 3 wins & 8 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Classic Satanic schlock. See more (309 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)

Michael Byrne ... Monk (uncredited)
Victor Harrington ... Monk (uncredited)
Juba Kennerley ... Rugby Match Spectator (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 makeup artist
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)
William Parnell .... assistant sound editor (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)
 
Location Management
Bernard Hanson .... location manager
 
Music Department
Alexander Courage .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonard A. Engel .... music film editor (uncredited)
Jerry Goldsmith .... music producer (uncredited)
Kenneth Hall .... music supervisor (uncredited)
Arthur Morton .... music arranger (uncredited)
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Lionel Newman .... conductor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Carolee Danz .... assistant to the producer
Jeanne Ferber .... production assistant
Jeanne Ferber .... production secretary
Judy Friesen .... special assistant to the director
Robert Munger .... religious adviser to the producers
Elaine Schreyeck .... continuity
Don Williams .... religious adviser to the 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:MA15+ (re-rating) (2001) | Australia:M (re-rating) (1995 - 2001) | Australia:R18+ (original rating) (1976 - 1995) | 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 | Italy:VM18 | Netherlands: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:X (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (2006) | UK:18 (video rating) (1987) | USA:R (MPAA rating: certificate #24560) | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
Rottweilers experienced a surge in popularity in the US after the release of this film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Katherine is shown after her fall in the home, the fish can be seen lying around here but none are moving. They should still be alive as they fell on minutes before she did.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:
Soundtrack:
The Piper DreamsSee more »

FAQ

Who are Damien's real parents?
Why did Damien's nanny hang herself at his birthday party?
How does the movie end?
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69 out of 97 people found the following review useful.
Classic Satanic schlock., 4 January 2002
Author: Infofreak from Perth, Australia

'The Omen' scared the bejesus out of me as a kid. Watching it again all these years later much of its impact has worn off, and yes, it has dated quite badly, but it's still a wonderfully entertaining movie, probably second only to Polanski's 'Rosemary's Baby' in the Satanic/apocalyptic genre. It definitely wipes the floor with recent pretenders like 'Lost Souls' and 'End Of Days'.

One of the reasons it still works is that the actors take the (sometimes silly) material so seriously. And when you have actors of the calibre of Gregory Peck and David Warner it certainly helps. Peck is utterly convincing as the Ambassador who doesn't want to believe the shocking facts staring him in the face, and Warner, who often found himself in second rate b-grade rubbish, obviously relished his role as the inquisitive reporter who helps convince Peck that things are not as normal as they seem. Along with Peckinpah's 'Cross Of Iron', one of his best roles. Lee Remick is strong as Damien's worried mother, Billie Whitelaw chilling as the mysterious governess, and Patrick Troughton ('Dr Who' #2) is very good as a dying priest who knows the truth about the Thorn's son.

Forget the sequels, 'The Omen' is classic Satanic schlock, and still has more than a few scares left in it. Essential viewing for fans of 70s horror.

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