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The Chosen (1977)

Holocaust 2000 (original title)
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An executive in charge of a Middle Eastern nuclear plant discovers that his son is the Anti Christ and sets out to stop him from using the nuclear power at his fingertips to wipe out ... See full summary »

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Alberto De Martino

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Sergio Donati (screenplay), Alberto De Martino (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kirk Douglas ... Robert Caine
Simon Ward ... Angel
Agostina Belli ... Sara Golan
Anthony Quayle ... Griffith
Alexander Knox ... Meyer
Virginia McKenna ... Eva Caine
Spyros Fokas ... Harbin (as Spiros Focas)
Ivo Garrani ... Prime Minister
Massimo Foschi ... Young Arab
Romolo Valli ... Charrier
John Carlin John Carlin ... Robertson
Peter Cellier ... Sheckley
Gerard Hely Gerard Hely ... Clarke
Penelope Horner ... Caine's Secretary
Caroline Langrishe ... Girlfriend (as Caroline Horner)
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An executive in charge of a Middle Eastern nuclear plant discovers that his son is the Anti Christ and sets out to stop him from using the nuclear power at his fingertips to wipe out mankind. Written by Jonathon Dabell <J.D.@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>

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Alternate Versions

The European general release version of the film features an open ending, where Kirk Douglas is in exile with his newborn child, and his adult son now successfully operating the nuclear plant that is intended to cause Armageddon. In the shortened version released in U.S. theaters, home video, and network television, a new ending was added where Douglas returns to America and blows up the plant, sacrificing himself in the process. The U.S. DVD from Lionsgate retains the original darker ending. See more »

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Alberto De Martino does The Omen.
13 June 2014 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Having already ripped off The Exorcist with his pretty dreadful 1974 movie The Antichrist, director Alberto De Martino has a bash at copying one of the other major horror successes of the '70s, The Omen—and he does a slightly better job this time around.

The decent cast certainly helps: Kirk Douglas stars as industrialist Robert Caine, who slowly comes to realise that his plans for a nuclear power plant in the third world might lead to the Apocalypse, as prophecised in the Bible; Simon Ward is his son Angel, who is determined to see the project to completion at whatever the cost; the lovely Agostina Belli plays Sara Golan, Robert's love interest, whose unborn child may or may not be The Antichrist; and Anthony Quayle appears as scientist Dr. Griffith, who unravels the truth but pays for his discovery with his life.

With such solid performers at his disposal, De Martino is able to deliver an entertaining slice of horror hokum despite the script's somewhat talky nature, its preachy anti-nuclear message and more than a few implausible plot turns, with the film's highlights being the juicy decapitation of a political leader by helicopter blade, beautiful Belli getting nekkid for a raunchy romp with ageing Kirk (such a coupling might sound unlikely, but if Michael can get it on with Zeta Jones in real life, then why not?), Caine's trippy dream sequence (which delivers the truly horrific sight of a naked Kirk Douglas), and a chilling scene where a room full of newborn babies are accidentally poisoned by a negligent nurse.

6.5 rounded up to 7 for IMDb.


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15 September 1978 (USA) See more »

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