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The Awakening
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Release Date:
31 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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1 nomination See more »
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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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Albert Moses ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Mike Newell 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
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
John Southwood .... location manager
 

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105 min | Australia:101 min | USA:101 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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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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Trivia:
There was only about a six day break for Charlton Heston between the the start of shooting of this movie and the end of filming on Heston's previous picture The Mountain Men (1980), that's six days between Heston having a red beard wearing buckskins in an 1830s American Wyoming setting and a contemporary setting in an academic gown at London University lecturing on archaeology.See more »
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Continuity: The shard of glass that stabs Jane in the neck. Before the shard falls from the panel, the pointy end is facing downwards. However, when it stabs Jane, the pointy end is facing upwards.See more »
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
"I want her here"., 12 March 2011
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

As grand productions go (which was a box-office flop), "The Awakening" is professionally catered for but remains a very tepid, old hat supernatural drama enterprise that consisted of excellently dedicated performances ( a serviceable Charlton Heston and an impressive Susannah York) and some stunningly projected Egyptian locations and decors. Outside of that, the story (adapted off Bram Stoker's "The Jewel of Seven Stars") while moodily haunting just felt like it was going through the motions and laboured along. The usual Egyptian tombs, curses unleashed, possessions of loved ones and an archaeologist's obsession to his work. No surprises and little interest, but I did like it's rather gloomily, downbeat conclusion that waited. It's suggestively slow-burn and crisp, dealing with a complex psychological edge filled with melancholy, detachment and righteous ideas. It's the beautiful imagery and majestic score that lingers, as everything is suggestively subtle with a slightly surreal, but more so grounded atmosphere. Stephanie Zimbalist is decent as Heston's possessed daughter and Jill Townsend as her mother.

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