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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.

Director:

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!

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

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

Many critics and readers of The Awakening (1980)'s source Bram Stoker novel "The Jewel of Seven Stars" commented on the book's gruesome finale. According to Wikipedia, "When republished in 1904...the original ending was retained, but when Stoker attempted to republish it once more, shortly before his death in 1912, he was told that he would have to change the ending. As a result, Stoker removed Chapter XVI "Powers - Old and New" and gave the book a new, happier ending. For many years the original ending was unavailable to most readers. The 2008 Penguin Classics edition of 'The Jewel of Seven Stars'...restored the original text, including the original ending and Chapter XVI, and included the second, happier ending as an appendix". 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 »

Connections

Version of Mystery and Imagination: Curse of the Mummy (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Ankara Streets
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Music by Ali Isfahan (i.e. John Leach
KPM Music
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Tension, thriller, suspense, and unsettling images set in Egypt and London.
4 November 2009 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

A veteran archaeologist (Charlton Heston) in Valley of Kings , Egypt , discovers the coffin of a nasty queen (Hatsetsupt ?) but open the tomb , the mummy's spirit is transferred to his baby daughter (one time grown-up is played by Stephanie Zimbalist) , born from his wife (Jill Townsend) at that moment . His spouse flees and Heston falls in love with his archaeology's partner (Susanna York).

This supernatural picture based on Bram Stoker's novel is packed with thrills , chills , suspense and wonderful outdoors from Egypt . The chief excitement lies in watching that new and innocent victim can be executed (Omen-alike) by the Egyptian mummy . The movie is full of grisly killings , terror , shocks and several eerie scenes . It displays a mysterious and sinister atmosphere , while the look is suitable spooky and frightening , the plot spreads to breaking point and the final turns out to be a bit frustrating . It appears as secondary Ian McDiarmid , today famous for his role as Chanciller Palpatine in Star Wars and Myrian Margolies who shows up in Harry Potter films . Colorful cinematography by the classic Jack Cardiff , the shooting unit filmed to capture the grandeur in Valley of Kings , Karnak , Luxor , which is considered as being one of the great wonders of the world and other splendorous locations in Egypt . Good and evocative musical score composed by Claude Bolling . The motion picture was professionally directed by Mike Newell . He's a nice director film-making for BBC television , dramas as ¨Enchanted April¨, ¨Mona Lisa smile¨, who achieved successes as ¨Donnie Brasco¨ and ¨Four wedding and a funeral¨; furthermore , ¨Adventures of young Indiana Jones¨ series and ¨Harry Potter and goblet fire¨, among others . The film will appeal to Charlton Heston fans and Egyptian theme aficionados.


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