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The Omen (1976)
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The Omen (1976) Gregory Peck is the ambassador to the United States who's wife has a stillborn child. Without her knowledge, he substitutes another baby as theirs. A few years go by, and then grisly deaths begin to happen. The child's nanny hangs herself and a priest is speared to death in a freak accident. It turns out the child is the son of Satan and can only be killed with the seven daggers of Meggado.

Movie Tagline:

Also Known As:
The Antichrist
The Birthmark

Title: Omen, The
Release Date: June 25, 1976
Runtime: 111 mins
Genre: Horror
All Genres: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Languages: English, Latin, Italian
Country: UK, USA
Colors: Color
Sound: Mono
IMDB Rating: 7.6
Buried.com Rating: 8.6 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With O

MPAA Rating: R

Richard Donner

Gregory Peck ...Robert Thorn
Lee Remick ...Katherine Thorn
David Warner ...Keith Jennings
Billie Whitelaw ...Mrs. Baylock
Harvey Stephens ...Damien Thorn
Patrick Troughton ...Father Brennan
Martin Benson ...Father Spiletto
Robert Rietty ...Monk
Tommy Duggan ...Priest
John Stride ...The Psychiatrist
Anthony Nicholls ...Dr. Becker
Holly Palance ...Nanny
Roy Boyd ...Reporter
Freda Dowie ...Nun
Sheila Raynor ...Mrs. Horton
Robert MacLeod ...Horton
Bruce Boa ...Thorn's Aide
Don Fellows ...Thorn's Second Aide
Patrick McAlinney ...Photographer
Dawn Perllman ...Chambermaid
Nancy Mannigham ...Nurse (as Nancy Manningham)
Miki Iveria ...First Nun
Betty McDowall ...American Secretary
Nicholas Campbell ...Marine
Burnell Tucker ...Secret Service Man
Ronald Leigh Hunt ...Gentleman at Rugby Match
Guglielmo Spoletini ...Italian Taxi Driver
ya'ackov Banai ...Arab (as yakov Banai)
Harvey Bernhard ...Man walking across street
Leo McKern ...Carl Bugenhagen

» [more cast members]

Harvey Bernhard
Mace Neufeld
Charles Orme

David Seltzer

Jerry Goldsmith

The Omen Horror Film Trailer 1
The Omen Horror Film Trailer 2

Movie Soundtrack(s):
"Ave Satani"
"The Piper Dreams"

More Movie Taglines:
  • It is the greatest mystery of all because no human being will ever solve it.
  • Good morning. You are one day closer to the end of the world. You have been warned.
  • It is the greatest mystery of all because no human being will ever solve it. It is the highest suspense because no man can bear it. It is the greatest fear because it is the ancient fear of the unknown. It is a warning foretold for thousands of years. It is our final warning. It is The Omen.
  • Those who foretold it are dead. Those who can stop it are in grave danger.
  • If Something Frightening Happens To You Today, Think About It. It May Be "The Omen".
Movie Quote(s):
  • Father Brennan: When the Jews return to Zion / And a comet rips the sky / And the Holy Roman Empire rises, / Then You and I must die. / From the eternal sea he rises, / Creating armies on either shore, / Turning man against his brother / 'Til man exists no more.
  • [first title card] Title card: Rome / June 6th - 6 AM
  • [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.
  • Kathy Thorn: Something in mind, Mr. Ambassador? Robert Thorn: Why don't we have a little look upstairs... Kathy Thorn: Well, there's no furniture up there either. Robert Thorn: Awww, you know, you could be too sexy for the White House!
  • [last lines] Secret Service Man: Excuse me, Mr. President. When you're ready to leave, your car's right over there. President: In a moment. Secret Service Man: Yes, sir.
Movie Trivia:
  • Charlton Heston, Roy Scheider, Dick Van Dyke, and William Holden turned down the lead role. Gregory Peck, accepted the lead. William Holden did eventually accept a role in a sequel.
  • To make the baboons attack the car in the Windsor Zoo park scene, an official from the zoo was in the back seat of the car with a baby baboon, but the baboons had no response at all. They then took the head of the baboons, and the baboons outside went crazy. Lee Remick's terror as the baboons attack the car was real.
  • When the fishbowl falls to the ground, (dead) sardines painted orange were used in place of actual goldfish, which director Richard Donner refused to kill for the sake of making a movie.
  • The shot of Lee Remick falling to the floor was done by building the "floor" on a (vertical) wall and dollying an upright Remick backward towards it.
  • Having changed its title from "The Antichrist" to "The Birthmark," the film seemed to fall victim to a sinister curse. Star Gregory Peck and screenwriter David Seltzer took separate planes to the UK...yet BOTH planes were struck by lightning. While producer Harvey Bernhard was in Rome, lightning just missed him. Rottweilers hired for the film attacked their trainers. A hotel at which director Richard Donner was staying got bombed by the IRA; he was also struck by a car. After Peck canceled another flight, to Israel, the plane he would have chartered crashed...killing all on board. On day one of the shoot, several principal members of the crew survived a head-on car crash. The jinx appeared to persist well into post-production... when special effects artist John Richardson was injured and his girlfriend beheaded in an accident on the set of A Bridge Too Far (1977).
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