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The Awakening (1980)

R | | Horror | 31 October 1980 (USA)
An archeologist discovers his daughter is possessed by the spirit of an Egyptian queen. To save mankind he must destroy her.

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Mike Newell

Writers:

Allan Scott (screenplay), Chris Bryant (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlton Heston ... Matthew Corbeck
Susannah York ... Jane Turner
Jill Townsend ... Anne Corbeck
Stephanie Zimbalist ... Margaret Corbeck
Patrick Drury Patrick Drury ... Paul Whittier
Bruce Myers Bruce Myers ... Dr. Khalid
Nadim Sawalha ... Dr. El Sadek
Ian McDiarmid ... Dr. Richter
Ahmed Osman Ahmed Osman ... Yussef
Miriam Margolyes ... Dr. Kadira
Michael Mellinger ... Hamid
Leonard Maguire Leonard Maguire ... John Matthews
Ishia Bennison Ishia Bennison ... Nurse
Madhav Sharma Madhav Sharma ... Doctor
Michael Halphie Michael Halphie ... Doctor
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Storyline

An American archaeologist is in Egypt with his pregnant wife, searching for the tomb of a long-lost Egyptian queen. At the same moment he discovers the tomb and opens it's accursed seal, his wife gives birth to his daughter. Years later it transpires that the malevolent spirit of the Egyptian queen left the tomb just as he was entering, and possessed his baby girl. As the truth becomes clear, the archaeologist realizes that he must destroy his daughter in a ceremonial ritual, before she uses her awesome powers to threaten the safety of mankind. Written by Jonathon Dabell <J.D.@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>

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They thought they had buried her forever!

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Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Maldição do Vale dos Faraós See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,728,520, 2 November 1980

Gross USA:

$8,415,112

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,415,112
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Company Credits

Production Co:

EMI Films, Orion Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was the second theatrical filmed adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel "The Jewel of Seven Stars" in a decade. The first had been Blood from the Mummy's Tomb (1971) released around nine years earlier. See more »

Goofs

The shard of glass that stabs Jane in the neck. Before the shard falls from the panel, the pointy end is facing downwards. However, when it stabs Jane, the pointy end is facing upwards. See more »

Quotes

Margaret Corbeck: Hi.
Paul Whittier: You're American aren't you?
Margaret Corbeck: How did you know?
Paul Whittier: The one word, "hi".
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Alternate Versions

The Awakening (1980) has two endings: SPOILERS AHEAD! For the U.S. dvd, the film ends with Margaret- now possessed- staring with crazed eyes and Egyptian makeup. For the U.K. dvd, the film ends with Margaret stepping outside the museum at night, and her shadow is superimposed over the skyline of London to suggest her evil or plans. See more »

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Version of Legend of the Mummy (1998) See more »

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Ankara Streets
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Music by Ali Isfahan (i.e. John Leach
KPM Music
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The Omen Meets The Mummy
10 December 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Starting in the Eighties although he certainly had some duds earlier in his career, the number of decent film projects seemed to dry up for Charlton Heston. My guess is that Heston decided to cash in on all the end time films that seemed to be cleaning up at the box office starting with The Omen. So the man most famous for starring in The Ten Commandments decided to do a combination of a Omen and Mummy tale.

Thus was born The Awakening. In it Charlton Heston plays an archaeologist who discovers the tomb of an unknown Egyptian princess. Heston knows something's afoot because he has previously uncovered records of a royal household member whose name like that of Prince Moses was stricken from all records because of some terrible occurrence.

Around the time Heston is unsealing the tomb in the valley of kings, his daughter is being born who grows up to be Stephanie Zimbalist. Flash forward to 18 years later and the daughter like Damien the devil's child seems to have a whole lot of people dropping dead around her.

Any film fan will recognize the plot threads in both The Omen and in the Boris Karloff classic, The Mummy. They're combined here in The Awakening with more or less mixed results. Susannah York is also along for the ride as Heston's girl Friday assistant who meets a rather grisly end.

It's not the worst film Heston ever did, but you sure long for the days of even the stilted Victorian dialog of Cecil B. DeMille.


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