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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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Richard Donner

Writer:

David Seltzer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregory Peck ... Robert Thorn
Lee Remick ... Katherine Thorn
David Warner ... Jennings
Billie Whitelaw ... Mrs. Baylock
Harvey Stephens ... Damien
Patrick Troughton ... Father Brennan
Martin Benson ... Father Spiletto
Robert Rietty Robert Rietty ... Monk
Tommy Duggan Tommy Duggan ... Priest
John Stride John Stride ... The Psychiatrist
Anthony Nicholls ... Dr. Becker
Holly Palance ... Nanny
Roy Boyd Roy Boyd ... Reporter
Freda Dowie ... Nun
Sheila Raynor ... Mrs. Horton
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Storyline

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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Good morning. You are one day closer to the end of the world. You have been warned. See more »

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Latin | Italian

Release Date:

25 June 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Birthmark See more »

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Box Office

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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Mono | Dolby Digital (Blu-ray version)| DTS (Blu-Ray version)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was originally going to be called "The Anti-Christ". When studio heads suggested something subtle, they appropriated the Nathaniel Hawthorne title: " The Birthmark". Eventually they made the title "The Omen". See more »

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The guide wire can be seen on the pole that falls from the church. See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

Closing credits epilogue: "Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is 666."

Book of Revelation Chapter 13 Verse 18 See more »

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In the original ending of the film, there were three coffins at the funeral. This was changed at the last minute and the crew returned to the cemetary to film the scene with just two coffins. See more »

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Happy Birthday to You
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Written by Patty S. Hill and Mildred J. Hill
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The Devil Made Him Do It!
14 January 2002 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

Following the heels of the success of The Exorcist, The Omen tells the story of the son of Satan being born from a mysterious pregnancy and given to a U.S. ambassador and his wife in Italy. The couple raise the young child, but things begin to happen to the couple as the boy matures. A governess hangs herself. The child acts wildly when brought near a Church. A spooky governess appears from nowhere to take care of the child. A black evil dog takes up residence at the child's bedroom. To complicate matters, a priest gets in touch with the father and tells him to beware his son and that he is the spawn of evil. The Omen works very well due to several factors. The script is generally well-written. The story is very implausable in some places, but it works on the whole. The use of powerhouse stars like Gregory Peck and Lee Remick in the leads help to give the film the royal treatment, making sure no one mistakes the budget, level of ability, and time put into this production. Peck is very good in his role as a man convinced(finally) of horrifying news. The rest of the cast does equally well with some fine performances by Billie Whitelaw as the crazed, manical governess, Patrick Troughton as the conscience-torn priest, David Warner as a helpful photographer, and Harvey Stephens as the young, sweet-yet evil looking Damien. Most of the film's success can be attributed to director Richard Donner. Donner keeps the pacing of the film tight, uses some first-rate pan shots, and creates a mood and suspense that build climatically throughout the film. Some of the scenes that are most memorable include Damien on a tricycle, Peck and Warner in a cemetery, and most famous of all is the priest's demise. A wonderfully shot sequence. The music in the film is a great asset to the overall mood. A very good film....not nearly as gory or shocking as The Exorcist but still as powerful in its own right for its seemingly somewhat realistic adaptation of scripture.


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