The Omen

The Omen

Richard Donner (1976)

106min
X Certificate
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Our Score
This big-budget horror blockbuster is given class by a distinguished cast and an unsettling atmosphere created by director Richard Donner. Gregory Peck plays the American diplomat who takes the fateful decision to substitute another child for his own stillborn infant. Lee Remick is terrific as his wife, unknowing of the deception yet deeply suspicious of her sinister son. Cleverly borrowing a prophecy from the Book of Revelation about the rise of the Antichrist, scriptwriter David Seltzer fashions a supernatural terror tale of religious-epic proportions. Three sequels and a remake (in 2006) were to follow, yet this is still the best episode because it sustains its suspenseful premise to the end and generates genuine unease, not least through a catalogue of imaginative ghastly deaths.

Summary

An American diplomat secretly adopts a newborn baby when his own son dies at birth. As a series of unusual deaths occurs around him, he gradually comes to suspect the child he is raising is the son of the Devil. Richard Donner's horror, starring Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, Billie Whitelaw, David Warner and Patrick Troughton, with Jerry Goldsmith supplying the Oscar-winning score.

Cast & Crew

Robert Thorn Gregory Peck
Katherine Thorn Lee Remick
Jennings David Warner
Mrs Baylock Billie Whitelaw
Damien Harvey Stephens (2)
Bugenhagen Leo McKern
Father Brennan Patrick Troughton
Father Spiletto Martin Benson
Dr Becker Anthony Nichols
Psychiatrist John Stride
Nanny Holly Palance
Reporter Roy Boyd
Mrs Horton Sheila Raynor
Horton Robert MacLeod
Priest Tommy Duggan
Monk Robert Rietty
Nurse Nancy Manningham
Marine Nicholas Campbell
Director Richard Donner
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Fox-RankGuidance: Violence. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama