The Omen

Synopsis: Robert and Katherine Thorn seem to have it all. They are happily married and he is the US Ambassador to Great Britain, but they want nothing more than to have children. When Katharine has a stillborn child, Robert is approached by a priest at the hospital who suggests that they take a healthy newborn whose mother has just died in childbirth. Without telling his wife he agrees. After relocating to London, strange events - and the ominous warnings of a priest - lead him to believe that the child he took from that Italian hospital is evil incarnate.
Genre: Horror
Director(s): Richard Donner
Production: 20th Century Fox
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 8 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
111 min

The child is dead.

He breathed just for a moment.

Then he breathed no more.

The child is dead. Dead. The child is dead.

I'm afraid it will kill her.

My God, she wanted a baby so much.

For such a long time.

What can I tell her? What will I say?

You could adopt a child.

She wanted her own.

If I may suggest,

it even resembles...

Your wife need never know.

It would be a blessing to her

and to the child.

Are there no relatives?


The mother died, as your own child,

in the same moment.

You said it could be ours, but...

On this night, Mr. Thorn,

God has given you a son.

Here's your boy.

Good morning. Come va?

- What are you doing home so early?

- Just came to start packing.


We can't waste any time. We're leaving

in the morning. Buongiorno, Carlo.

Please, Carlo.

What are you talking about?

I am talking about London. I am talking about

the ambassador to the Court of St James.

- Well, what about him?

- You're married to him.

I'm what?

It's me. I'm appointed

ambassador to Great Britain.

I've already told them yes.

I loved it the minute I saw it.

Well, it's a bit much.

Well, nothing's too much for the wife

of the future president of the United States.

You know, you're pushy.

Come on. Wait till you see this.

Now this, they call his day room.

His day room.

So? How do you like it so far?

- Well, it needs some books. To warm it up.

- Couple of books. Warm it up. Yeah.

- Something in mind, Mr. Ambassador?

- Why don't we have a little look upstairs?

Well, there's no furniture up there, either.

You know, you could be

too sexy for the White House.

- I'm gonna miss you so much.

- I won't be long.

We don't have that much to talk about.

Since when did two old college roommates

not have much to talk about?

Since one of them assumed

the awesome burden of the presidency.

- Well, give my regards to the first lady.

- I'll do my best.

Why don't you change you mind,

fly over with me?

No, I'd better stay here

and fool around with Damien.

- Where is he?

- He was right behind us...


Oh, my God, Robert.

Damien! Robert, where could he be?

You little monkey.

Don't you ever do that again.

There you are.

- Go.

- Hooray.

- Run out of film?

- Just saving a bit for his canonization.

- How's that?

- He's either the heir to the Thorn millions

- or Jesus Christ himself.

- Want a bite, Daddy?

Go on, Damien. Smile. A big birthday smile.

Come on. Smile.


- I'll take him, ma'am.

- No, I'll take him.

Come on.

One... two... three...

Let me jump on it, Daddy. Let me jump on it.

Hold on.


Damien, look at me.

I'm over here.

- Damien, I love you.

- Look. There's Nanny.

Look at me, Damien. It's all for you.

Oh, my God.

Go, Tom.

- Morning. Have you read the papers today?

- No, I haven't.

There was an article on the suicide,

your nanny that jumped.

- They say that she left a suicide note, sir.

- Not true.

Mr. Ambassador,

did you know she was on drugs?

Would you mind?

- Mr. Thorn, did she use drugs?

- Not that I know of.

- The article said...

- I don't care what the article said.

I'm sorry.

I am sorry.

Will you send me a bill for the damage?

No, that's all right, Mr. Ambassador.

Let's just say you owe me.


OK, outside.


- There's a Father Brennan here to see you.

- Who?

A priest named Father Brennan from Rome.

He says it's a matter of

urgent personal business.

- Never heard of him.

- He says he just needs a minute.

- Something about a hospital.

- Donation time.

- All right, send him in.

- I didn't know you were such a soft touch.

On that trip to Saudi Arabia,

why isn't it the right time?

Well, it's personal, Tom. I just

don't feel like leaving home right now.

Yes, Father?

We haven't much time.

You must listen to what I have to say.

All right. What is it?

You must accept Christ as your savior.

You must accept him now.

Forgive me, but didn't I understand that you

have a matter of urgent personal business?

You must take Communion.

Drink the blood of Christ and eat his flesh.

Only if he is within you

can you defeat the son of the devil.

- I see.

- He's killed once. He'll kill again.

He'll kill until everything that's yours is his.

- Father, would you mind...

- Only through Christ can you fight him.

Accept the Lord Jesus.

Drink his blood.

I've locked the door, Mr. Thorn.

- Yes?

- Would you send for a security guard?

I beg you, Mr. Thorn.

Listen to what I have to say.

Ambassador Thorn?

I was at the hospital, Mr. Thorn,

the night your son was born.

- I witnessed the birth.

- Sir?

I beg you.

All right. Stand by.

- What do you want?

- To save you, Mr. Thorn.

So Christ will forgive me.

What do you know about my son?

- Everything.

- And what is that?

I saw its mother.

- You saw my wife.

- I saw its mother.

- You're referring to my wife.

- Its mother, Mr. Thorn.

This is blackmail. Come out and say it.

What are you trying to say?

His mother was aja...

- Everything OK?

- You sounded strange. The door was locked.

- I want this gentleman escorted out of here.

- OK, let's go.

Accept Christ each day.

Drink his blood.

- Just get him off the grounds.

- All right, Father. Come on.


Thank you.

Come in.

Excuse me. Mrs. Baylock is here.

She says she's the new governess.

Well, that's a start. Show her in.

Come in, please.

- Ambassador and Mrs. Thorn.

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David Seltzer

David Seltzer (born February 2, 1940) is an American screenwriter, producer and director, perhaps best known for writing the screenplays for The Omen (1976) and Bird on a Wire (1990). As writer-director, Seltzer's credits include the 1986 teen tragi-comedy Lucas starring Corey Haim, Charlie Sheen and Winona Ryder, the 1988 comedy Punchline starring Sally Field and Tom Hanks, and 1992's Shining Through starring Melanie Griffith and Michael Douglas. more…

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