Mysterious deaths surround an American ambassador. Could the child that he is raising actually be the Antichrist? The Devil's own son?

Director:

Richard Donner

Writer:

David Seltzer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregory Peck ... Robert Thorn
Lee Remick ... Katherine Thorn
David Warner ... Keith Jennings
Billie Whitelaw ... Mrs. Baylock
Harvey Stephens ... Damien
Patrick Troughton ... Father Brennan
Martin Benson ... Father Spiletto
Robert Rietty ... Monk
Tommy Duggan Tommy Duggan ... Priest
John Stride ... The Psychiatrist
Anthony Nicholls ... Dr. Becker
Holly Palance ... Nanny
Roy Boyd Roy Boyd ... Reporter
Freda Dowie ... Nun
Sheila Raynor ... Mrs. Horton
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Storyline

Robert and Katherine Thorn seem to have it all. They are happily married and he is the US Ambassador to Great Britain, but they want nothing more than to have children. When Katharine has a stillborn child, Robert is approached by a priest at the hospital who suggests that they take a healthy newborn whose mother has just died in childbirth. Without telling his wife he agrees. After relocating to London, strange events - and the ominous warnings of a priest - lead him to believe that the child he took from that Italian hospital is evil incarnate. Written by garykmcd

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Those who foretold it are dead. Those who can stop it are in grave danger. See more »

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Horror

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Trivia

A passenger elevator they use in the catholic hospital in Rome is called Paternoster. "Paternoster" translates to "Our Father", the first two words of the Lord's Prayer in Latin. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene in the hospital, the priest is wearing a rosary around his neck. Rosaries are not worn as necklaces. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Father Spiletto: [voiceover] The child is dead. He breathed for a moment. Then he breathed no more. The child is dead. Dead. The child is dead.
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Crazy Credits

Closing credits epilogue: "Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is 666."

Book of Revelation Chapter 13 Verse 18 See more »

Alternate Versions

In the original ending of the film, there were three coffins at the funeral. This was changed at the last minute and the crew returned to the cemetery to film the scene with just two coffins. See more »

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Referenced in Good Omens: In the Beginning (2019) See more »

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Ave Satani
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Music and Latin lyrics by Jerry Goldsmith
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classy and chilling horror
18 April 2004 | by didi-5See all my reviews

The first and best in the series of films about devil-child Damien teamed a great cast (Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner, Patrick Troughton, Billie Whitelaw) with Harvey Stephens in a chilling performance as the child.

The deaths most of the cast meet are inventive and in some cases, memorable for many years after viewing the film - giving the opportunity for some unusual and striking visuals, while the whole film is soaked in that loud Goldsmith score to great effect.

The sequels, alas, were poor in comparison, but 'The Omen' stands alone of its type of seventies horror schlock.


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Latin | Italian

Release Date:

25 June 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Birthmark See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,273,886, 27 June 1976

Gross USA:

$60,922,980

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$60,922,980
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Sound Mix:

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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