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The Chosen (1977)

Holocaust 2000 (original title)
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

Writers:

Sergio Donati (screenplay), Alberto De Martino (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

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 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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Horror

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Country:

UK | Italy

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

15 September 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lucifer's Curse See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

There is a TV Spot/clip on the Cheezy Horror DVD Volume 1 by Cheezy Flicks. See more »

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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Kirk Douglas in one of his finest roles.
23 May 2006 | by comeunmadrigaleSee all my reviews

As a fan of European horror and cult cinema in general, I can tell that this in one of THE very best produced movies coming from Italy in the seventies. An incredible cast (Kirk Douglas, Agostina Belli, Simon Ward etc, Anthony Quayle; Massimo Foschi etc) doing their all. I've always been a fan of Kirk Douglas, and this is definitely one of his finest (and odd) roles. A wonderful and scary Italian horror classic that has to be seen. Far too underrated I'd say! Also - check for Massimo Foschi, who does an incredible job in this movie. Easily one of the best Italian actors from this period.

Thanks for bringing us a masterpiece, Alberto!


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