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|Directed by:||Richard Donner|
|Written by:||David Seltzer|
|Produced by:||Harvey Bernhard; Mace Neufeld; Charles Orme|
|Music by:||Jerry Goldsmith|
|Edited by:||Stuart Baird|
|Distributed by:||Mace Neufeld Productions|
|Released:||June 25th, 1976|
|Running time:||111 minutes.|
|Next:||Damien: The Omen II|
The Omen is an American horror film of the supernatural thriller subgenre that deals with the subject of Satanism. It is the first installment in a series that includes three sequels, a remake and spin-off television series. The movie was directed by Richard Donner with a script written by David Seltzer. It was produced by Mace Neufeld Productions and Twentieth Century-Fox and released theatrically in the United States on June 25th, 1976. The Omen is considered a staple of the horror genre and is one of the most well-known horror films of the 1970s. It stars Gregory Peck as U.S. ambassador Robert Thorn with Lee Remick as his wife, Katherine Thorn. Child actor Harvey Stephens plays the role of the Thorns' evil son, Damien, who is destined to become the Antichrist. Other notable actors include David Warner and Doctor Who alumni, Patrick Troughton.
|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|
|Anthony Nicholls||Doctor Becker|
|Sheila Raynor||Mrs. Horton|
|Bruce Boa||Thorn's aide|
|Don Fellows||Thorn's second aide|
|Miki Iveria||First nun|
|Betty McDowall||American secretary|
|Burnell Tucker||Secret Service man|
|Ronald Leigh-Hunt||Gentleman at rugby match|
|Guglielmo Spoletini||Italian taxi driver|
Notes & Trivia Edit
- The tagline to this film is "Good morning. You are one day closer to the end of the world. You have been warned".
- Production on The Omen began on October 12th, 1975. Principal filming concluded on January 2nd, 1976.
- The total running time for this film is 1 hour, 51 minutes (111 minutes). The studio cut of the film is 107 minutes.
- This film was remade in 2006 as The Omen by director John Moore. Screenwriter David Seltzer also wrote the script for that film as well.
- According to the full cast list at IMDB, producer Harvey Bernhard makes an uncredited appearance in the film as a man walking across the street.
- Archival footage from this film was incorporated into the pilot episode of the Damien television series titled "The Beast Rises". Includes appearances by Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner. Harvey Stephens and Holly Palance.
- Composer Jerry Goldsmith won the Oscar for the category of Best Music, Original Score at the 1977 Academy Awards for his work on The Omen.
- Actress Billie Whitelaw was nominated at the BAFTA Awards for the category of Best Supporting Actress in 1977.
- The character of Damien Baylock from the 1998 slasher comedy Bride of Chucky took his name from two characters featured in this film: Damien Thorn and Mrs. Baylock.
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