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The Chosen (1977)

Holocaust 2000 (original title)
An executive in charge of a Middle Eastern nuclear plant discovers that his son is the Anti Christ and sets out to stop him from using the nuclear power at his fingertips to wipe out ... See full summary »

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Alberto De Martino

Writers:

Sergio Donati (screenplay), Alberto De Martino (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kirk Douglas ... Robert Caine
Simon Ward ... Angel
Agostina Belli ... Sara Golan
Anthony Quayle ... Griffith
Alexander Knox ... Meyer
Virginia McKenna ... Eva Caine
Spyros Fokas ... Harbin (as Spiros Focas)
Ivo Garrani Ivo Garrani ... Prime Minister
Massimo Foschi ... Young Arab
Romolo Valli ... Charrier
John Carlin John Carlin ... Robertson
Peter Cellier ... Sheckley
Gerard Hely Gerard Hely ... Clarke
Penelope Horner ... Caine's Secretary
Caroline Langrishe ... Girlfriend (as Caroline Horner)
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An executive in charge of a Middle Eastern nuclear plant discovers that his son is the Anti Christ and sets out to stop him from using the nuclear power at his fingertips to wipe out mankind. Written by Jonathon Dabell <J.D.@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>

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The world will be destroyed in a rain of fire. It is written. See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | Italy

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

15 September 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lucifer's Curse See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

There is a TV Spot/clip on the Cheezy Horror DVD Volume 1 by Cheezy Flicks. See more »

Alternate Versions

The European general release version of the film features an open ending, where Kirk Douglas is in exile with his newborn child, and his adult son now successfully operating the nuclear plant that is intended to cause Armageddon. In the shortened version released in U.S. theaters, home video, and network television, a new ending was added where Douglas returns to America and blows up the plant, sacrificing himself in the process. The U.S. DVD from Lionsgate retains the original darker ending. See more »

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Referenced in Sicko-Psychotic: My Man Friday ...The 13th (2016) See more »

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Makers of The Omen fear not....this is not as good as your film.
18 November 2002 | by barnabyrudgeSee all my reviews

Holocaust 2000 represents two things. It is the director's attempt to cash in on the huge success of The Omen. It is also Kirk Douglas's attempt to get a wider, younger audience back on his side by flirting with the horror genre.

The film is a mess, with Douglas playing the unsuspecting father whose business plans for a thermonuclear plant in the Middle East are enormously unpopular. His son, Simon Ward (a real Michael Caine lookalike in this film), is his closest ally when it comes to trying to build the plant, but what Douglas hasn't figured out is that his son is the embodiment of the AntiChrist, and that he only wants it built so that he can destroy mankind. Various people get killed (especially anyone who stands in the way of the plot) before Douglas figures it all out, but by then everyone thinks he is mad and he can't stop the completion of the plant. However, he does manage to escape and thus lives to fight another day.

The film never pushes the audience out of their comfort zone. It poses no thought provoking questions, no ominous atmosphere, and no originality. The performances are surprisingly good considering that the material is so poor. A couple of the killings are well filmed, especially the colonel who is beheaded by a helicopter rotor blade, but some of them are a bit unconvincing. The film's one sex scene is quite erotic (surprisingly so considering the age gap between Douglas and his co-star Agostina Belli) but that hardly makes it worth watching. All in all, this is a missed opportunity.


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