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Satan's son has arrived on Earth and He's not about to let human parents get in the way. When his wife Katherine's (Lee Remick) pregnancy ends in a stillbirth in a Rome hospital, U.S. diplomat Robert Thorn (Gregory Peck) substitutes another baby, whose mother died. Little Damien (Harvey Stephens) thrives, but, at his fifth birthday party, his nanny mysteriously dies; Father Brennan (Patrick G. Troughton) also expires after warning Thorn that he has adopted Lucifer's son. While sinister new nanny Mrs. Baylock (Billie Whitelaw) assiduously protects Damien, Thorn's fears escalate when photographer Jennings (David Warner) shows him pictures from Damien's party with marks suggesting how the nanny and Brennan would die. Thorn seeks out Bugenhagen (Leo McKern), an exorcist who confirms Damien's identity and tells Thorn that the only solution is to kill his adopted son. As the bodies pile up, Thorn tries to do his duty, but trust the law to get in the way of saving the world from future Armageddon.
© 1976 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.
Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: The Omen eschews an excess of gore in favor of ramping up the suspense -- and creates an enduring, dread-soaked horror classic along the way.
Rob's Movie Vault
The gory bits are like jalapeno peppers sprinkled over oatmeal; even the most nostalgically devoted fans need to ask themselves if it would be so dear to their hearts were it not for the ornate atrocities set to Jerry Goldsmith’s shrieking choir.
August 30, 2022
Philadelphia Gay News
[It's] directed by Richard Donner at a pace that creates moods of fear punctuated by sly and devilish humor. The climactic scene alone should win him any award for which he is nominated; it is, perhaps, the most chilling final 20 minutes ever put on film.
June 22, 2021
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- Release Date:June 25, 1976
- Captions:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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