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Actor James Mason acted as a sponsor to the production for actor Sam Neill. Mason originally suggested to the film's producers that they should check out Neill. Producer Harvey Bernhard had Neill flown in to London for an audition, paid for by Mason. Neill later reimbursed Mason for the airfare. Neill drew on some of Mason's mannerisms for his performance and characterization.
According to director Graham Baker on his audio-commentary, the camera jammed whilst shooting slate 666 [the same digit as the number of the beast which appears as a birthmark on the head of Damien Thorn], filming the scene where Barbara sees a vision of her dead burnt baby.
At the time of filming, Sam Neill and Lisa Harrow developed an off-camera relationship that produced son Tim Neill.
The movie was filmed in 1979 but was not released until 1981.
Stuntman Vic Armstrong claims that his backwards 100 foot fall from a bridge was one of the scariest stunts he ever performed.
First international starring role in a Hollywood / American movie for New Zealand actor Sam Neill.
Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando and Gene Hackman were all considered for the part of Damien until the decision was taken to make the character a much younger man.
Even though the Nazarene's identity is never revealed in the film the book based on the screenplay of the final conflict added more details such as the child being born to a clan of gypsies which explains why he didn't have a birth record thus Damien couldn't find him.
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In the scene where Damien is "praying" to Satan in his own private sanctuary, parts of his speech are taken directly from the novel "Là-Bas" ("Down There") by J K Huysmans (1891). In the novel the central character hears the lines whilst attending a Black Mass.
In Germany and Hungary, the film was released as "Barbara's Baby", in an effort to align it with Rosemary's Baby (1968). Reportedly, this title also appeared on some movie posters for the film in some countries prior to the issuance of an official title for the picture
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The sequence where Damien Thorn speaks to a crowd of his followers was filmed in a Yorkshire quarry with around 450 extras. The scenes were shot with a very low level of available light.
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The film's title when originally theatrically released in 1981 was "The Final Conflict" but the film has since generally become re-titled and now known as "Omen III: The Final Conflict" in order to for the movie to include the word "Omen" which exists as part of the title of all three other films in the franchise, The Omen (1976), Damien: Omen II (1978) and Omen IV: The Awakening (1991).
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Hazel Court's cameo was filmed as a favor to producer Harvey Bernhard, as she was holidaying in Cornwall when the hunting scene was filmed.
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The death of the first priest in the television studios proved immensely difficult to get right and ultimately took about two weeks to film.
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The film was "The Last Chapter in the Omen Trilogy", as the tagline promoted on movie posters for the movie, until the studio decided to make Omen IV: The Awakening (1991) around a decade later.
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Executive producer Richard Donner, who had directed The Omen (1976), had once considered directing the film, but was involved with legal problems involving the Salkind brothers, Ilya Salkind and Alexander Salkind, after being sacked from Superman II (1980).
The film's finale was shot at Fountains Abbey, a 13th Century Yorkshire monastery, over five nights, in conditions of extreme cold which included flying bats.
The names of the ancient metal knives which were the only thing that could kill Damien Thorn were "The Seven Daggers of Meggido".
The production shoot for this picture ran for around twelve weeks.
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The film's storyline applied retroactive continuity changes to the franchise's time line. Damien Thorn had been a child in The Omen (1976) and a teenager in Damien: Omen II (1978) and could have not been an adult in his thirties by the time the film was released in present day times of 1981. As such, the movie significantly retconed the events from the first two films back further in the past to accommodate the series story's temporal shift.
Director Graham Baker says actor Rossano Brazzi would turn up to the set each day with the script under one arm and whistling the tune from the song he sang in the earlier classic musical South Pacific (1958).
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The backwards 100 foot fall from the bridge was performed by stuntman Vic Armstrong who said of it for the 2005 book of 'Guinness World Records' that it was the most frightening stunt of his career. The majority of Armstrong's jump in the past had been less than 70 foot drops.
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Whereas in Part I and II Jerry Goldsmith uses the Oscar winning song "Ave Santani" as the theme, in part three he does not. Instead he creates a whole new theme song.
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As with part 2 this performed solidly at the box office, but the reviews were horrible, much worse than with part 2.
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Since the Book of Revelations ends with Satan being defeated, Damien and his followers should be aware of this. That's why it makes no sense that they keep quoting from Revelations since it ends up spelling their demise (it does not predict that the Anti-Christ will destroy the earth as they keep claiming).
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Final film of actress Hazel Court.
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Debut theatrical feature film directed by Graham Baker.
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Damien's Rottweiler from Omen I returns in this movie ( after a long absence in Part 2)
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This is the only movie in the series not to star an Oscar winner.
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NLF stood for the fictitious quasi-Marxist political organization the "Nubian Liberation Front".
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The names of the seven monks in alphabetical order were Brother Antonio, Brother Benito, Father DeCarlo, Brother Martin, Brother Mattius, Brother Paulo, and Brother Simeon.
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In this movie, just like the other movies in the Omen series, Damien doesn't directly kill anyone. He summons his followers to do it, or he summons accidents to happen, but he doesn't actually physically wound anyone. (Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger and Jason Vorhees are much more dangerous by comparison).
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This was Sam Neill's breakout role and still one of the main things he's known for; this and Jurassic Park.
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Overall the Omen series was very successful at the box office: Parts 1, 2 and 3 were all successful. This is compared to the Exorcist where part 1 and 3 were successful, but part 2 was a colossal bomb.
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The posters show Damien holding the 7 daggers of Meggido and smiling, but a scene like this does not happen in the movie.
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Jerry Goldsmith's score is missing the Ave Santani song this go around. It's also missing the Gregorian chant sound effects and the wonderfully weird and chilling Latin black mass whisperings which augmented the score in the first two movies.
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The name of the TV current affairs show that Kate Reynolds (Lisa Harrow) hosted was "The World in Focus".
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This movie came out in 1981, whereas Exorcist 3 didn't come out till 1990. There was also another Omen movie, that came out just a few years later, Omen 4 The Awakening, because the Omen series has been more successful overall, wheras with The Exorcist series just the first film was successful.
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Sam Neill's real name is Nigel John Dermot Neill
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Even though this is supposed to be 20 years after the events in part 2, it's clearly only three.
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Damien doesn't retaliate after Kate Reynolds stabs him.
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The Oscar winning film this year was Chariots of Fire, another film that takes place in England.
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Cameo 

Ruby Wax: Uncredited, the comedian as the US Ambassador's secretary.
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Hazel Court: Uncredited, as a Champagne Woman at the fox hunt.
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Harvey Bernhard: Uncredited, the film's producer as a US Embassy press secretary.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The movie's closing post-epilogue postscript, a quote from Chapter 21, Verse 4 from the Book Revelation read: "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. REVELATION XXI:4".
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The film's closing epilogue read: "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!".
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The scene where Damien's assistant's wife murders her husband with an iron was set-up number 666.
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