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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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UK | Italy

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Release Date:

15 September 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lucifer's Curse See more »

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Mono

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Color | Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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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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I'm not counting on God. I put my faith in Nuclear Energy.
28 January 2014 | by hitchcockthelegendSee all my reviews

Holocaust 2000 is directed by Alberto De Martino and co-written by Martino and Sergio Donati. It stars Kirk Douglas, Simon Ward, Agostina Belli, Anthony Quayle and Virginia McKenna. Music is by Ennio Morricone and cinematography by Erico Menczer.

Nuclear industrialist Robert Caine (Douglas) refuses to heed warnings that the Antichrist is closer to home than he ever could have imagined...

Caine and Angel

Casting aside the fact that it is a cash in on the success of the far superior The Omen, it simply isn't smart or good enough to make its own mark. Knowing what is going on in the first instance is not a great thing for the audience, it would be were the narrative strong enough to keep us on our toes, but it never is. The plot speeds along merrily following the same trajectory as expected; mysterious deaths, pregnancy, loads of ominous warnings, repeat sequence of doom and on to the unsubtle reveal in preparation for a less than satisfying ending.

The makers do try to add some salt to the satanic broth, such as having Douglas roam around naked in a feverish nightmare, and some moments are kinda fun in that tacky Italian/England production way, but the zip, the originality, is sorely lacking. Cast seem to be working off of a different screenplay to each other, though Douglas is at least working hard to make the duff regurgitation come alive. It looks nice on occasions, and it's fun for the wrong reasons, but its low standing reputation is fully justified and therefore near impossible to recommend to anyone but Kirk Douglas completists. 5/10


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