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He's the Beginning of the End.
|When their child is stillborn in Rome - on the 6th day, of the 6th month at the 6th hour - Robert Thorne, an American diplomat (Academy Award-winner Gregory Peck), and his wife Katherine (Lee Remick) are devastated. In his despair, Thorne exchanges his dead baby for one born at the same time...and unwittingly enters a bargain with the devil that culminates in a series of gruesome 'accidents'...and a child destined to one day destroy the world!|
"A truly frightening chiller. A definite classic of the horror genre. Chuck O'Leary, FulvueDrive-In.com
"...a good, tight, little horror shocker and one of the best of the apocalyptic genre. John J. Puccio, DVD Town
"Creepy horror classic thats just plain fun to watch. Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"...a really fun horror film, filled with joyously manipulative undertones of Christian fear... Ted Prigge, Rec.Arts.Movies.Reviews
Editor's NoteA staid American ambassador (Peck) and his wife are heartbroken when their child is stillborn, but their heartbreak is only beginning when they adopt an orphan. As the boy grows, disaster surrounds him, beginning with the suicide of his nanny, and as the bodies pile up, his horrified father begins to believe that the boy is evil incarnate and must be destroyed. The unique climax paved the way for two popular sequels, "Damien - Omen II" and "Final Conflict."
Cast & Crew
|Gilbert Taylor - Director of Photography|
|Jerry Goldsmith - Composer|
|David Seltzer - Screenwriter|
|John Richardson - Special Effects|
|Stuart Baird - Editor|
|Harvey Bernhard - Producer|
|Carmen Dillon - Production Designer|
|Richard Donner - Director|
Plot SummaryAmerican ambassador Robert Thorn and his lovingly dedicated wife are expecting a child. But when the infant is stillborn a mysterious Italian priest convinces the diplomat to clandestinely adopt another of the hospital's newborn children. Thorn takes the priest's advice without telling his wife about their loss. After five short happy years together, things start to go wrong: the family's au pair commits suicide, Father Brennan warns Robert about the child's strange nature, and an archaeologist tries to convince ambassador Thorn that the boy is the anti-Christ incarnate.
British Academy Awards (1977)
|Billie Whitelaw, Nominee, Best Supporting Actress|
Golden Globe (1977)
|Harvey Stephens, Nominee, Best Acting Debut in a Motion Picture - Male|
|Jerry Goldsmith, Winner, Best Music, Original Score|
|Jerry Goldsmith, Nominee, Best Music, Original Song|
|Jerry Goldsmith, Nominee, Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special|