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The Omen
The Omen (1976)
Title: The Omen
Directed by: Richard Donner
Written by: David Seltzer
Produced by: Harvey Bernhard; Mace Neufeld; Charles Orme
Music by: Jerry Goldsmith
Cinematography: Gilbert Taylor
Edited by: Stuart Baird
Distributed by: Mace Neufeld Productions
Twentieth Century-Fox
Released: June 25th, 1976
Rating: R
Running time: 111 minutes.
Country: USA
Language: English
Budget: $2,800,000
Gross: $60,922,980
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.

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  • The tagline to this film is "Good morning. You are one day closer to the end of the world. You have been warned".
  • The total running time for this film is 1 hour, 51 minutes (111 minutes). The studio cut of the film is 107 minutes.
  • 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.
  • 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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