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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Matthew Corbeck
... Jane Turner
... Anne Corbeck
... Margaret Corbeck
Patrick Drury ... Paul Whittier
Bruce Myers ... Dr. Khalid
... Dr. El Sadek
... Dr. Richter
Ahmed Osman ... Yussef
... Dr. Kadira
... Hamid
Leonard Maguire ... John Matthews
Ishia Bennison ... Nurse
Madhav Sharma ... Doctor
Michael Halphie ... Doctor
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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!

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31 October 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Maldição do Vale dos Faraós  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$8,415,112
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Trivia

There was only about a six day break for Charlton Heston between the start of shooting this movie, and the end of filming on Heston's previous picture The Mountain Men (1980). That's six days between Heston having a red beard, wearing buckskins in an 1830s American Wyoming setting, and a contemporary setting, in an academic gown at London University, lecturing on archaeology. See more »

Goofs

The shard of glass that stabs Jane in the neck. Before the shard falls from the panel, the pointy end is facing downwards. However, when it stabs Jane, the pointy end is facing upwards. 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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Version of Legend of the Mummy (1998) See more »

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Ankara Streets
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Music by Ali Isfahan (i.e. John Leach
KPM Music
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The Viewer Has the Sensation that Has Already Seen Before
26 August 2017 | by See 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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