The Omen

Continuity mistake: When Mrs. Baylock pushes Kathy from the hospital window, we hear the sound of breaking glass. However, when she plunges into the ambulance, there is no glass whatsoever, nor do we see any when she is falling. (01:24:30)

Continuity mistake: When Damien and his mother are at the zoo and are surrounded by baboons, they are in a small blue car. Suddenly, before they drive away, they are in a light colored station wagon.

Continuity mistake: When Thorn gets injured at the cemetery, it is in his inner left arm, but, later, at the hotel, the injury is now on the outside of his arm; the blood is not on the inner arm, which it is supposed to be.

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Continuity mistake: When Gregory Peck is driving the car to see the old priest, his hands on the steering wheel are very low down, but when the camera is higher up, Peck's right hand is on top of the steering wheel.

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Continuity mistake: When the Thornes go to church for a wedding, the man who opens their door is wearing a hat, but when Damian starts to act up, the man is no longer wearing his hat.

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Continuity mistake: When Katherine falls off the 2nd floor and lands her right arm is pointing up, but in the next shot her right arm is pointing down.

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Father Brennan: When the Jews return to Zion / And a comet rips the sky / And the Holy Roman Empire rises, / Then You and I must die. / From the eternal sea he rises, / Creating armies on either shore, / Turning man against his brother / 'Til man exists no more.

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Trivia: The smile that Damien gives at the very end wasn't scripted. Originally, Damien was supposed to "look really mean," but Harvey Stephens couldn't keep a straight face: he started to smile, then laugh. Richard Donner decided that the smile made Damien look even more evil, so it stayed in the movie.

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Question: Something that puzzles me about the thee Omen films taken together. In the first film of the series the very young Damien is taken into a church. As the son of the Devil he has a great aversion to all things Christian, so he has a huge tantrum, and screams, struggles and resists going into the building. So how is it, that, as the series progresses, he can enter Christian buildings without any ill effects? (The denouement of the third and final Omen film is set in Fountains Abbey, a venerated Christian church in Yorkshire).

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Answer: It may be similar to myths around vampires. In many variations, their fear of crucifixes is purely psychological. As a child, Damian may have feared the symbolism of the church, but as he grew he realised it had no actual power over him.

Answer: There's no clear-cut answer. The first film was intended as a stand-alone movie. When the later sequels were made, the plot details were changed or otherwise adapted to fit a new story line.

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