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The Awakening
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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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Why can't archaeologists just leave tombs alone? See more (36 total) »

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
(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
 

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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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The third filmed adaptation of Bram Stokers 1903 novel "The Jewel of Seven Stars". The first was a TV movie, "The Curse of The Mummy" (See: "Mystery and Imagination: The Curse of the Mummy (#5.3)" (1970), first broadcast in 1970, then the second was the Hammer horror movie Blood from the Mummy's Tomb (1971), which came out the following year in 1971. In 1986, a fourth version, The Tomb (1986), was loosely based on the novel, whilst in 1997, a fifth version was made, Legend of the Mummy (1998) aka Bram Stoker's Legend of the Mummy (1998).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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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Why can't archaeologists just leave tombs alone?, 16 February 2007
Author: Lee Eisenberg (lee.eisenberg.pdx@gmail.com) from Portland, Oregon, USA

Moses returns to Egypt, but not to free his people. In this case, Charlton Heston plays an egyptologist who opens the tomb of an evil queen. Sure enough, the spirit awakens with it, and possesses Heston's newborn daughter. And anyone who gets in her way is asking for it.

Obviously, a movie like this can't reach the quality of "The Shining", but it is good in a pinch. I really liked the end scene; as NRA president, couldn't he have just pulled out a rifle and dealt with it that way? But anyway, "The Awakening" will almost certainly keep you awake. As far as I'm concerned, these archaeologists need to just leave tombs alone; they deserve to experience bad things for opening them.

Also starring Susannah York, Jill Townsend, Stephanie Zimbalist, Ian McDiarmid (of the "Star Wars" movies) and Miriam Margoyles.

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