The Omen

June 6th, 2006


The Omen

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A remake of the 1976 horror classic The Omen (1976), an American official realizes that his young son may literally be the devil incarnate.

Release Year: 2006

Rating: 5.4/10 (30,478 voted)

Critic's Score: 43/100

Director: John Moore

Stars: Liev Schreiber, Julia Stiles, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick

When the Vatican observatory priest sees the appearance of a comet, the Church is sure that it confirms the eve of the Armageddon. Meanwhile, the USA President's godson Robert Thorn is informed in the maternity in Rome by Father Spiletto that his wife Katherine has just lost her baby and she had troubles with her uterus and would not have another pregnancy. Spiletto suggests Robert that another just born child that lost his mother could be the substituted for his son, and Robert accepts the child and gives the name of Damien. Robert is promoted to ambassador in London after a tragic accident. When Damien's nanny commits suicide in his birthday party, a substitute, Mrs. Baylock, comes to work and live with the family. Along the years, Katherine realizes that Damien is evil, while Robert is contacted by Father Brennan, who tells him that Damien is the son of devil. When the priest dies in a bizarre accident...

Predrag Bjelac - Vatican Observatory Priest (as Pedja Bjelac)
Carlo Sabatini - Cardinal Fabretti
Bohumil Svarc - Pope
Liev Schreiber - Robert Thorn
Giovanni Lombardo Radice - Father Spiletto
Baby Zikova - Damien - Newborn
Baby Morvas - Damien - Newborn
Baby Muller - Damien - Newborn
Baby Litera - Damien - Newborn
Julia Stiles - Katherine Thorn
Tomas Wooler - Damien - 2 Years Old (as Tomas Wooller)
Rafael Sallas - Rome Embassy Marine
Marshall Cupp - Ambassador Steven Haines
Martin Hindy - Haines' Limo Driver (as Martin 'Mako' Hindy)
Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick - Damien

Taglines: 6 + 6 + 06


Official Website: 20th Century Fox [France] | Gemini Film [Russia] |

Release Date: 6 June 2006

Filming Locations: Charles Bridge, Old Town, Prague, Czech Republic

Box Office Details

Budget: $25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $16,026,496 (USA) (11 June 2006) (2723 Screens)

Gross: $119,498,909 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Philippines: (cut)

Did You Know?

The studio originally wanted the film to receive a PG-13 rating but John Moore insisted on an R-rating, suggesting people would "smell a cop-out" if a remake of The Omen was to receive a family friendly certificate.

Continuity: At the end when Robert Thorn takes Damien in the car to take him to the church, Robert clearly puts a car key into the ignition to start the car. The 2006 Lexus GS which Robert drives throughout the movie, however, does not have a conventional key with ignition, but instead has a key-fob with push button start.

[From trailer]
Father Brennan: I was at the hospital, Mr. Thorn, the night your son was born.
Robert Thorn: What do you know about my son?
Father Brennan: Everything.

User Review

Slick but inevitably inferior remake

Rating: 5/10

This remake is like listening to a cover version of a Beatles song. You like it but really want to hear the original again. The original Omen is such a terrific film, convincing, beautifully cast and with a great, raw Brit Gothic feel to it. The remake is a slightly glossier affair which is enjoyable enough but doesn't really take the story in any new directions, although it hints that it will. Opening images of 9/11 and the Asian tsunami promise a new take on the tale, but with the exception of the very final scene, this doesn't really happen. The set pieces of the original were beautifully done - here they're well done but don't seem to last long enough; they don't feel 'special' enough. The cast is good but, again, it lacks the gravitas of the original. This ambassador is no Gregory Peck. Overall, this isn't a bad way to spend two hours in the cinema - it's a hundred times better and more cinematic than The Da Vinci Code for instance - but could have been a lot more than it is.


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