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October 1980 (USA) See more »
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They thought they had buried her forever!
Plot:
An archeologist discovers his daughter is possessed by the spirit of an Egyptian queen. To save mankind he must destroy her. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Charlton Heston ... Matthew Corbeck

Susannah York ... Jane Turner
Jill Townsend ... Anne Corbeck

Stephanie Zimbalist ... Margaret Corbeck
Patrick Drury ... Paul Whittier
Bruce Myers ... Dr. Khalid

Nadim Sawalha ... Dr. El Sadek

Ian McDiarmid ... Dr. Richter
Ahmed Osman ... Yussef

Miriam Margolyes ... Dr. Kadira
Michael Mellinger ... Hamid
Leonard Maguire ... John Matthews
Ishia Bennison ... Nurse
Madhav Sharma ... Doctor
Michael Halphie ... Doctor

Christopher Fairbank ... Porter
Roger Kemp ... Doctor
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Albert Moses ... (uncredited)
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Directed by
Mike Newell 
 
Writing credits
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Chris Bryant 
Clive Exton 
Allan Scott 
Bram Stoker  novel "The Jewel of Seven Stars"

Produced by
Harry Benn .... associate producer
Andrew Scheinman .... co-producer
Martin Shafer .... co-producer
Robert H. Solo .... producer
 
Original Music by
Claude Bolling 
 
Cinematography by
Jack Cardiff 
 
Film Editing by
Terry Rawlings 
 
Production Design by
Michael Stringer 
 
Art Direction by
Lionel Couch 
Salah Marei 
 
Costume Design by
Phyllis Dalton 
 
Makeup Department
Jan Andrews .... hair stylist
Jeanette Freeman .... hair stylist
George Frost .... makeup artist
Nick Maley .... special makeup effects
 
Production Management
Denis Johnson .... production manager
Ahmed Sami .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Atef E-Taieb .... assistant director (as Attef El Taieb)
Peter Kohn .... second assistant director
Hugh O'Donnell .... third assistant director
Neil Vine-Miller .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Tessa Davies .... set dresser
David Fyson .... production buyer
John Roberts .... set designer
Adrian Start .... chargehand painter
Terry Wells .... property master
 
Sound Department
Rowland Fowles .... boom operator
Brian Simmons .... sound recordist
Hugh Strain .... dubbing mixer
 
Special Effects by
John Stears .... special effects
 
Stunts
Alan Stuart .... stunt arranger
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Cardiff .... camera operator: second unit
Alec Mills .... camera operator
 
Casting Department
David H. Kramer .... adr voice casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Daryl Bristow .... wardrobe master
Brenda Dabbs .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Les Healey .... assistant editor
Shirley Shaw .... assistant editor
Monte Hellman .... additional editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Nancy Beach .... orchestrator
Marcus Dods .... conductor
 
Transportation Department
Howard Pugh .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Maurice Binder .... titles
Hunt Downs .... unit publicist
 

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105 min | Australia:101 min | USA:101 min
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Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:12 (orginal rating) | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #25893)
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One of two 1980 movies shot by veteran British cinematographer Jack Cardiff in 1980, the other was The Dogs of War (1980). The following year D.O.P. Cardiff would lens another horror movie, that being Ghost Story (1981).See more »
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Factual errors: When Jane and Matt discover the tomb entrance, Jane reads the hieroglyphic inscription from left to right, but the direction in which the inscription is written is right to left, as shown by the birds in it which face the start of the line by convention.See more »
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
The Sleepening., 10 October 2013
Author: JohnRouseMerriottChard from United Kingdom

The Awakening is directed by Mike Newell and collectively adapted to screenplay by Clive Exton, Chris Bryant and Allan Scott from the Bram Stoker novel The Jewel of Seven Stars. It stars Charlton Heston, Susannah York, Jill Townsend and Stephanie Zimbalist. Music is by Claude Bolling and cinematography by Jack Cardiff.

Heston plays archaeologist Matthew Corbeck, who after discovering the tomb of disgraced Egyptian Queen Kara discovers his daughter is possessed by Kara's spirit and to save mankind he may have to destroy her.

It's honourably serious, a willing attempt to make an intelligent end of the world type picture with flecks of troubling family dynamics. The production value is top draw, every effort has been made to make it look great, with lavish photography (nice to see a film of this type actually be filmed in Egypt), skillfully crafted set designs and an evocative score that drifts across the sands with distinction. Hell, even the casting of Heston at a time when his star had considerably faded, still gave the production some weight. If only it wasn't so immeasurably dull and distant!

The makers, obviously tugging on the coat tails of The Omen and Mummy movies previously, never develop the edgy themes bubbling away just below the narrative's surface. It's often feels like a big compromise was put forward by an executive, a request that they must ensure deaths are the draw card and to hell with the possibility of making a substantial brain tickler. Or it could just be that there were too many writers in the mix?! So what we essentially get is a laboriously paced movie going through the motions until the next death scene arrives, and then it's back to some slow brooding again.

The cast are solid, the ending suitably downbeat, and if you like Omen type deaths then there are a couple here worth your time, but you may need plenty of energizer drinks to keep you awake first. 4/10

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