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The Omen (1976)

R | | Horror | 25 June 1976 (USA)
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Mysterious deaths surround an American ambassador. Could the child that he is raising actually be the Antichrist? The Devil's own son?

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Robert Thorn
... Katherine Thorn
... Jennings
... Mrs. Baylock
... Damien
... Father Brennan
... Father Spiletto
Robert Rietty ... Monk
Tommy Duggan ... Priest
John Stride ... The Psychiatrist
... Dr. Becker
... Nanny
Roy Boyd ... Reporter
... Nun
... Mrs. Horton
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Robert and Katherine Thorn seem to have it all. They are happily married and he is the US Ambassador to Great Britain, but they want nothing more than to have children. When Katharine has a stillborn child, Robert is approached by a priest at the hospital who suggests that they take a healthy newborn whose mother has just died in childbirth. Without telling his wife he agrees. After relocating to London, strange events - and the ominous warnings of a priest - lead him to believe that the child he took from that Italian hospital is evil incarnate. Written by garykmcd

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Budget:

$2,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,273,886, 27 June 1976, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$60,922,980, 31 December 1976
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Cinematographer Gilbert Taylor encouraged Richard Donner to shoot the film in Panavision. See more »

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When Mrs Thorne says she wants to take Damien to the wedding, Mrs Baylock says that a 5 year old wouldn't understand the goings- on at an Episcopal wedding. But since she's a Brit, and they're in England wouldn't it be Anglican? The Episcopal Church is called that in the USA. In England, it is the Anglican Church. See more »

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[first lines]
Father Spiletto: [voiceover] The child is dead. He breathed for a moment. Then he breathed no more. The child is dead. Dead. The child is dead.
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Opening credits prologue: ROME JUNE 6TH-6AM See more »

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Music and Latin lyrics by Jerry Goldsmith
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One of the best....
10 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

The Omen is one of the best horror films to have come out in the 70's. It isn't gory, it doesn't have sex, it is just plain terrifying. Everything about the movie contributes to feel of the movie. Jerry Goldsmith's Oscar winning score, the great acting, the cinematography and the scary as hell ending.

It's the 6th hour on the 6th day of the 6th month. Robert Thorn (Gregory Peck) has just found out his newborn son is dead. He can't let his wife Katherine (Lee Remick) know though, since it would devastate her. But when a priest offers him another newborn whose mother died, all problems are solved, they name him Damien.....

The Omen is one of my favourite horror films. When I first saw it, it scared the living hell out of me. The score, done by Jerry Goldsmith is now one of the most famous horror movie scores. It sets the mood and sends a chill up your spine. The acting is outstanding (especially Billie Whitelaw as Mrs. Baylock). Gregory Peck and Lee Remick are, as usual, fantastic. Billie Whitelaw is pretty much flawless as the evil nanny and Harvey Stephens, although he doesn't say much, is very good as little Damien.

The last thing that makes the movie scary are some of the most bizarre deaths. The most known of them is a decapitation which is one of the scariest deaths in horror history.

5/5.


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