Ambassador Thorn (Gregory Peck) adopts an infant boy under somewhat secretive conditions. After a strange suicide at the boy’s 6th birthday party, Thorn slowly realizes, through various clues, that his adopted son “Damien” is in fact, the son of the Devil.
Mrs Baylock: Have no fear, little one... I am here to protect thee.
Trivia: Richard Donner was originally wary of sending the script to Gregory Peck. Combined with the original ending, in which Robert kills Damien, and the fact that Peck's son had recently committed suicide, Donner thought offering the film to him was distasteful. But to Donner's surprise, Peck agreed relatively quickly to do the film.
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