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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:
Always avoid people born on the 6th June! See more (284 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)
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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)
 
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 | 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 (certificate #24560) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Five cameras were used in the now-famous decapitation.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Visible breath from the dog at the last scene of the birthday party - in June.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:
Referenced in "Another: Rinkaku (#1.4)" (2012)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Piper DreamsSee more »

FAQ

Is it true that some people believe the movie was cursed?
Where were the cathedral scenes filmed where Damien has a conniption fit?
How many people die in "The Omen"?
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25 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Always avoid people born on the 6th June!, 13 June 2006
Author: Spinetinglers from United Kingdom

Always avoid people born on the 6th June – especially if they are called Damien and bizarre violent accidents seem to happen to those around them!

Since this film has recently been remade, I thought it would be a good time to look back at the original – a horror classic!

In 1973, 'The Exorcist' broke all boundaries; previously, horror movies had only concentrated on the dark side, there were hardly any references to main stream religions. The basic rule was if the Devil was in it, God wasn't. Even Rosemary's Baby released five years before has hardly any reference to God or a more heavenly supreme being. The reaction that followed the release of The Exorcist was that the public loved it but the censors didn't and it was banned in the UK for twenty five years. The Exorcist may have fallen foul of the censors but it opened the flood gates for this sort of movie and three years later The Omen was released on 06/06/1976.

What do you think a good horror movie should have? Is it a superb cast, a brilliant score, a battle of good versus evil artfully portrayed on screen, or maybe a sinister and ambiguous open ending? No matter which of these sways your opinion 'The Omen' has all these and much, much more!!!

Firstly, let's look at the cast, Lee Remick and Gregory Peck are the leads, these two names are nothing short of Hollywood elite. Lee Remick is perfect as the mother who as the movie progresses realises there is something very wrong with her child. (I'm not sure what tipped her off – was it the baboons attacking her car or her son's feral reaction at the thought of entering a church?) Gregory Peck again is perfectly cast, as no one does noble and principled like Mr Peck. However, it is not only the leads that are terrific, the supporting cast includes David Warner and Tommy Duggan who both put in notable performances but it is Billie Whitelaw that eclipses them all as Damien's overly polite yet sinister nanny.

The score of a horror movie is very important, it has to chill to the bone and help create and maintain a feeling of an ever present danger. Jerry Goldsmith's soundtrack is probably one of the best scores ever written for a horror movie. It is perfect for The Omen, gloomy, disturbing, chilling music, interlaced with what sounds like religious choirs portending the end of the world. It really is that good and if you don't believe me, consider the fact that it won Jerry Goldsmith an Oscar the following year.

By this stage, I know that most of you who were considering going to see the new Omen film at the cinema are now thinking to yourselves 'maybe I will rent the old one instead!' but for the few that are still on the fence here are a few other points to convince you. The 1976 version had a great plot, a child adopted into the corridors of power, whose destiny is to destroy the world, this is a simple and perhaps unoriginal premise however David Seltzer quotes Revelations at every turn and comes up with very original ideas to kill people off. Today, we are used to seeing a lot of blood and gore when people get killed in this genre but this is one thing that the omen lacks. Gore is pre-empted by well choreographed violent outbursts, each one being more frightening and compelling than the last, from a priest being impaled by a church spire to a reporter being decapitated by a pane of glass. These events all build to the foreboding finale. In the last scene we see a little boy, holding the hand of the President of the United States, turning around and smiling at his father's funeral. What greater ending could there be!?!

The Omen stands out in this genre and has stood up to the test of time. To-day horror movies are packed with the latest teenage idols and gratuitous violence has replaced good plots and imaginative thinking. (There are exceptions to this of course, Dog Soldiers, The Ring etc.) The Omen combines, a great cast, a great score, and brilliant storytelling without a teenage idol in sight.

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