The Final Conflict
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The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.

For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for [i]The Final Conflict[/i can be found here.

Damien Thorn (Sam Neill), now 32-years old, is in full knowledge of his power as the Antichrist. Head of Thorn Industries and the newly-appointed ambassador to Great Britain, Damien learns that an alignment of three stars in the constellation of Casseopia heralds the prophesized second coming of Christ on the Angel Isle (England), and he will go to any length to prevent it. Meanwhile, seven monks, led by Fr DeCarlo (Rossano Brazzi), have come into ownership of the Megiddo knives, the only things on earth that can kill Damien. The question is whether Good or Evil will triumph in the battle that is about to begin.

Omen III: The Final Conflict is the third movie in The Omen series that started with The Omen (1976), which was based on an original screenplay by American screenwriter David Seltzer. The screenplay for The Final Conflict was written by British screenwriter Andrew Birkin, and it was novelized by Gordon McGill in 1980. Omen II, more properly titled Damien: Omen II was released in 1978. The fourth movie in the series, Omen IV: The Awakening, was released in 1991.

Damien is now 32 years old. He was 12 in Omen II, so 20 years have passed. It should be pointed out, however, that the timeline for Damien's life as given in Final Conflict does not jive with dates from previous movies. For example, the announcer on the World in Focus TV program states that Damien took over Thorn Industries in 1971 and, in the following seven years, turned it into a multinational corporation. Earlier in the movie, Damien states that the current year is now 1982. 1982 - 1971 = 11 years, meaning that he took over TI when he was 21 in 1971, and 1982 - 32 years means that he was born in 1950, which is clearly contradictory to the time and setting in the original Omen movie (1976) in which Damien was five years old, having been born in 1971, the same year that Final Conflict says he took over TI at age 21. Call it Hollywood time.

It's said that there was supposed to be a visual effect involving a jackal's skull appearing over the reflection of the ambassador's face. Apparently, the effect didn't work well, so it wound up on the editing floor.

After Ann Thorn (Lee Grant) used the daggers to kill her husband Richard (William Holden) at the end of Omen II, the Museum burns to the ground and the Daggers lay under the rubble for twenty years. The opening scenes of the movie show a construction worker pawing through rubble on a conveyor belt. When the seven daggers pass down the belt, he hides them in his clothes and takes them to a pawn shop, where they are noticed by a Theologian named Finn. He buys them and through research realises what they are. He hands them to a Priest who returns them to Subiaco.

This is in reference to the fact that Jesus, Mary, and Joseph were from Nazareth. Jesus was born in Bethlehem because his parents had to journey there to pay taxes.

Yes. Cassiopeia is a constellation visible in the northern sky. It circles the Polestar Polaris and resembles an "M" when it first rises. As the night progresses, it swings counterclockwise around Polaris and, towards morning, it will resemble a "W". An image of the Cassiopeia constellation can be seen here.

That's a hard one to call. Whether or not Damien knew that the old wooden railing would collapse under Kate's (Lisa Harrow) weight, it doesn't appear that he pushed her into the water or forced her to lean on it. However, once Kate is in the river and struggling to get out because she can't swim, Damien can be seen standing on the shore, unmoved, as though waiting to see if she'll make it. As Kate gets closer to the shore and it looks like she's going to make it out of the water, only then does he extend his hand to her.

How does the movie end?

After all the baby boys born in the UK on 24 March have been killed, Damien realizes that the Nazarene still lives. Father DeCarlo informs Kate that her 12-year old son son Peter (Barnaby Holm) has become an apostle of Damien and that Peter is with him right now. Kate goes to see Damien and, sure enough, Peter is with him. She offers to lead Damien to the Christ child if he will give Peter back to her. Damien agrees but only after she has taken him to the child. She takes him to a deserted abbey where Fr DeCarlo is waiting to stab him with the daggers. As DeCarlo jumps Damien, however, Damien pulls Peter close to him, and it is Peter who is stabbed in the back. Damien knocks down DeCarlo and goes looking for the Nazarene while Kate hugs her dead son. As Damien is calling to Him to come out, Kate sneaks up behind him and plunges one of the daggers into Damien's back. Suddenly, the sky is filled with a blinding white light, and a figure is seen in the sky. "Nazarene," says Damien, "you have won...nothing." Damien then falls to the ground and a postscript is shown saying: "Behold the Lion of Judah! The Messiah, who came first as a child, but returns not as a child, but now as King of Kings, to rule in power and glory forever!" In the final scene, DeCarlo carries Peter's body to Kate, while another postscript appears to say: "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away."

At Fountains Abbey, a ruined abbey in North Yorkshire. A picture of the abbey can be seen here.

The onscreen head count is 14, including the American Ambassador to England, Brother Benito, Brother Martin, Brother Mattius, Brother Paul, Brother Antonio, Brother Simeon, Carol Wyatt's Baby, Baby Christopher, Baby Alexander David, Baby Dean, Harvey Dean, Peter Reynolds, and Damien Thorn. Damien also admits to having slain 100 baby boys all born on 24 May between midnight and 6 a.m.

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