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THE OMEN aka THE OMEN: OMEN 666
USA & UK: Twentieth Century Fox
Cast: Julia Stiles, Liev Schreiber, Mia Farrow, David Thewlis, Pete Postlethwaite, Michael Gambon, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick, Pedja Bjelac, Carlo Sabatini, Bohumil Svarc, Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Baby Zikova, Baby Morvas, Baby Muller, Baby Litera, Tomas Wooller, Rafael Sallas, Marshall Cupp, Martin "Mako" Hindy, Amy Huck, Vince Valitutti, Klara Low, Laurie Tallack, Myanna Buring, Harvey Stephens, Kammy Darweish, Reggie Austin, Tonya Graves, Changa Bell, Janet Henfrey, Pavel Cajzl, Sara Houghton, Richard Rees, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Federico Pacifici, Alessandra Vanzi, Massimo Bellinzoni, Vee Vimolmal, Joe Towne, Curtis Matthew
Director: John Moore
USA & UK: 110 mins
USA Rated: R for disturbing violent content, graphic images and some language
UK Certificate: 15 Contains strong violence and horror theme
USA Release Date: 6 June 2006
UK Release Date: 6 June 2006
"...From the Eternal Sea he rises
Creating armies on either side
Turning man against his brother
'Til man exists no more"
Many believe the prophecy from the Book of Revelation provides a map to a terrifying future...or it presents fragments of history that have come to life in our time. The signs, they claim, are all around us: terrorist attacks, extreme weather... the list goes on.
The passage specifically points to the arrival of the Anti-Christ, who is branded with the numerical sequence "666": the mark of the Beast. The Anti-Christ will receive his power directly from Satan to establish a counterfeit kingdom on earth, signaling the beginning of Armageddon...
Robert Thorn (Liev Schreiber) is unaware of such dark prophecies. Thorn, a senior American diplomat, has other things on his mind. His wife, Katherine (Julia Stiles), has endured a difficult delivery and she's as yet unaware their newborn child has died. Devastated by the loss, Thorn's concern turns to Katherine, who had suffered two previous miscarriages. The news will surely devastate her.
The hospital priest, Father Spiletto (Giovanni Lombardo Radice), presents Thorn with another child born that night, whose mother died in childbirth. The priest compels Thorn to take the infant boy as his own; Katherine will never know the truth, and their son, which they name Damien, will be raised as their flesh and blood. Katherine embraces the child as her own, blossoming in motherhood; Thorn, it would seem, has made the right choice.
Thorn's career ascends - he becomes the U.S. ambassador to Great Britain - and the family settles into an estate outside London. But certain events, all seeming to revolve around the now five-year-old Damien, are deeply disturbing: Damien's nanny hangs herself at the youngster's birthday party; a strange priest brings dire warnings to Thorn; a children's trip to the zoo results in a panicked frenzy; Damien becomes hysterical during a drive to church; and blurred movements in a series of photographs portend shocking deaths.
The troubling incidents multiply, pointing to something wrong - terribly wrong - with Damien. Enter Mrs Baylock (Mia Farrow), Damien's new nanny, who seems to have a preordained devotion to the child. Then tragedy strikes closer to home. But only later does Thorn comprehend the truth: Damien is no ordinary child; he is the long-prophesized Anti-Christ. Now, Thorn must make the ultimate sacrifice to prevent the unspeakable terror that awaits the world.
The prophecy is clear, the signs unmistakable: Armageddon is upon us.
On 6 / 6 / 06, the omen is revealed...and our darkest fears are realized.
THE OMEN is a contemporary thriller based on the 1976 classic film released by Twentieth Century Fox, starring Gregory Peck and Lee Remick, and directed by Richard Donner. The film, like THE EXORCIST and ROSEMARY'S BABY before it, galvanized audiences not only through its shocks and scares, but through the filmmakers' storytelling gifts and its top-flight cast. THE OMEN became one of the biggest hits of the year.