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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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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$8,415,112
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Trivia

Charlton Heston's character Matthew Corbeck is seen in this film over an eighteen year time span and ages from 43 years to 61 years. Heston was aged 56 when he acted in this movie. 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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Ankara Streets
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Music by Ali Isfahan (i.e. John Leach
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The first horror movie I ever saw and still not beaten.
9 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

This is actually one of my most favourite horrors about ancient Egypt. From the archaeological and egyptological sides all fits (see name Ka-ra written in hieroglyphics that really corresponds to the signs and mean - the spirit of the sun). The scene with the tombs was made in one of the tombs discovered by Howard Carter in valley of the kings. I really think that this film can be appreciated only by those who like intelligent movies and who like ancient Egypt (and know about the place and history a lot like me). I am a big fan of Charleton Heston as well. Here You can see one of his best appearances. I didn't find a mistake on this film so the rating is 10/10.


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