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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 18
Cast
Gregory Peck
Lee Remick
David Warner
Patrick Troughton
Directors
Richard Donner
Screenwriters
David Seltzer
Running Time
111 minutes

EMPIRE ESSAY: The Omen
Gregory Peck gets personal in Richard Donner's controversial hit


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Plot
Gregory Peck is the ambassador to the United States whose wife has a stillborn child. Without her knowledge, he substitutes another baby as theirs. A few years go by, and then grisly deaths begin to happen. The child's nanny hangs herself and a priest is speared to death in a freak accident. It turns out the child is the son of Satan and can only be killed with the seven daggers of Meggado.


Verdict
There was nothing cursed about either the The Omen's critical or commercial reception, with both Peck and co-star Lee Remick being singled out for particular praise. However, it was the performance of Harvey Stephens as the young Damien that invested the film with the chill of genuine credibility.


Reviewed by David Parkinson

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