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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 ... 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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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

Gross USA:

$60,922,980

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$60,922,980
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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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Curtis Harrington was set to direct the movie, but due to studio politics the film was taken away from him. Harrington later described this as the biggest setback of his career. See more »

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When Mr. Thorne is in Damien's room with the scissors while he is asleep, you can see Damien's eyes blink. See more »

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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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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."

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One Of Scariest Movies Of The Modern Era
8 June 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This movie scared the heck out of me when I saw it in the theaters in 1976, and it's still creepy today. It was almost 30 years later when I finally saw it for the second time and I thoroughly enjoyed it again, although it wasn't terrifying to me anymore. The DVD version is excellent because it presents the movie in the 2.35 widescreen mode, which is essential to the viewing of this film if you are a fan of cinematography. A VHS formatted-to-TV picture would lose too much of the great camera-work done in this film. I was amazed how beautifully filmed this movie is, so if you love this film and don't have the DVD, please consider getting it.

The story was a bit slower than I remembered it back in '76 but still provides enough action and plenty of chills. This time around, I found the nanny (Billie Whitelaw as "Mrs. Baylock") to be more scary than the devil/kid! I didn't even remember her from 30 years ago but she got my attention on the DVD. It was a very effective job of acting by that woman.

In the meantime, I always enjoy looking at Lee Remick's gorgeous face with her magnetic eyes and Gregory Peck is usually rock-solid in roles he plays. This is no exception.

Although I question some of the supposed quotes from the Book Of Revelation from the Bible (there is no "s" in Revelation, the screenwriters showing their biblical ignorance.), the movie is still a good witness to people who don't believe in Satan. They might after viewing this movie.

This is one of the classics of the '70s and often underrated. The sequels to this were simply not memorable and not worth your time. I don't know about the re- make that just came out, but it would be tough to top this film. I think I'll stick with this one and I won't wait another 30 years to see it again. Maybe tonight!!


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