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The Awakening (1980)

R | | Horror | 31 October 1980 (USA)
An archeologist discovers his daughter is possessed by the spirit of an Egyptian queen. To save mankind he must destroy her.

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Mike Newell

Writers:

Allan Scott (screenplay), Chris Bryant (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlton Heston ... Matthew Corbeck
Susannah York ... Jane Turner
Jill Townsend ... Anne Corbeck
Stephanie Zimbalist ... Margaret Corbeck
Patrick Drury Patrick Drury ... Paul Whittier
Bruce Myers Bruce Myers ... Dr. Khalid
Nadim Sawalha ... Dr. El Sadek
Ian McDiarmid ... Dr. Richter
Ahmed Osman Ahmed Osman ... Yussef
Miriam Margolyes ... Dr. Kadira
Michael Mellinger ... Hamid
Leonard Maguire Leonard Maguire ... John Matthews
Ishia Bennison Ishia Bennison ... Nurse
Madhav Sharma Madhav Sharma ... Doctor
Michael Halphie Michael Halphie ... Doctor
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Storyline

An American archaeologist is in Egypt with his pregnant wife, searching for the tomb of a long-lost Egyptian queen. At the same moment he discovers the tomb and opens it's accursed seal, his wife gives birth to his daughter. Years later it transpires that the malevolent spirit of the Egyptian queen left the tomb just as he was entering, and possessed his baby girl. As the truth becomes clear, the archaeologist realizes that he must destroy his daughter in a ceremonial ritual, before she uses her awesome powers to threaten the safety of mankind. Written by Jonathon Dabell <J.D.@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>

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They thought they had buried her forever!

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Maldição do Vale dos Faraós See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,728,520, 31 October 1980, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$8,415,112
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Company Credits

Production Co:

EMI Films, Orion Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review (Moria) website stated that the movie "probably is the first mummy film to actually be shot in Egypt". See more »

Goofs

When Jane and Matt discover the tomb entrance, Jane reads the hieroglyphic inscription from left to right, but the direction in which the inscription is written is right to left, as shown by the birds in it which face the start of the line by convention. See more »

Quotes

Margaret Corbeck: Hi.
Paul Whittier: You're American aren't you?
Margaret Corbeck: How did you know?
Paul Whittier: The one word, "hi".
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Ankara Streets
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Music by Ali Isfahan (i.e. John Leach
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The Viewer Has the Sensation that Has Already Seen Before
26 August 2017 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Egypt, the archaeologist Matthew Corbeck (Charlton Heston) is obsessed to find the tomb of the ancient Queen Kara with his assistant Jane Turner (Susannah York) and his expedition. When he finds and opens Kara's tomb, his pregnant wife Anne Corbeck (Jill Townsend) simultaneously delivers their daughter Margaret. Eighteen years later, Margaret (Stephanie Zimbalist) has a strange behavior and Matthew believes the evil spirit of Kara is trying to possess his daughter. Now Matthew intends to perform an ancient ritual to save Margaret. Will he succeed?

"The Awakening" is not a totally bad film, having a great cast and good cinematography. Unfortunately the predictable story and the screenplay are ripoff of many films and the viewer has the sensation that has already seen before. My vote is five.

Title (Brazil): "Reencarnação" ("Reincarnation")


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