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The Awakening (1980)

Charlton Heston , Susannah York , Mike Newell  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Charlton Heston, Susannah York, Jill Townsend, Stephanie Zimbalist
  • Directors: Mike Newell
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Archive
  • DVD Release Date: June 7, 2012
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0082G8SLC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,492 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Mention Bram Stoker's name, and literature and movie buffs will conjure up Count Dracula. But there was more blood in Stoker's pen. He also wrote The Jewel of the Seven Stars, later filmed with chilling effect as The Awakening, grippingly directed by Mike Newell (Dance with a Stranger, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) and sensuously shot on Egyptian locations by veteran cinematographer Jack Cardiff. Charlton Heston stars as an Egyptologist with a passion that will trigger several mysterious deaths. He's obsessed with a sorceress whose return has been prophesied - and whose tomb he opened at the exact moment his daughter was born. Can ancient evil reach forward in time to curse the present? Horror movie fans know the terrifying answer.

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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic November 7, 2005
By Ben T.
Format:VHS Tape
"The Awakening" isn't a summer blockbuster; it was never meant to be. This is a story about an archaeologist trying to break ground despite being the 17 millionth person studying ancient Egypt. He is a believer and his passion consumes him. He is also not a perfect man. He is a man of science who's work defines his whole being. This is why I think the audience may have a hard time warming up to him.
I don't like to give details in my reviews. What this story has to offer is a realistic horror film. Even though there are virtually no special effects, we are still drawn in to a world of silent malevolence.
This is not a "slasher" film. There is much weight given to suspicious happenings and ancient curses that frankly, makes this story much more creepy. There is virtually nothing offered in the movie that I couldn't see actually happening. Not that I believe in curses, but you never know, there are things in the universe that you don't want to piss off. Leave them alone, you may live longer.
Some have said that is story is "slow". Yes. It is a drama. It's trying to weave a tale for you that is intelligent, thoughtful and if you're willing sit and be invested in the story, it may scare you more than Freddy Kruger ever could.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Egyptian Identity Crisis June 13, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Egyptologist Charlton Heston has had a string of bad luck, ever since unearthing evil old Egyptian sorceress queen Tara. His wife died in childbirth, and numerous colleagues associated with the find suffered dreadful accidents. Still, the find made him famous.
Eighteen years later, his daughter Stephanie Zimbalist (in her first film role) is coming into her own, and wanting to travel with dad to Egypt and get to know him better - she's often been away, while Heston was making time with his new wife and former assistant, Susannah York, and conducting his lecture tours. Stephanie's a sweet kid, even if she is suddenly developing problems. Seems she doesn't always know where she's been at night - or what she was doing. In fact, she isn't even sure who she is, anymore, half the time.
Heston is equally afraid he is losing his own appreciable mind. He's coming to recognize that he is the fulfillment of Queen Tara's prophecy for her own resurrection in a later age. As before, those near and dear to him are dying, paving his way to become Tara's new prophet, and Heston is beginning to think the ancient Egyptian magic has more going for it than any of his own modern science. The problem is, it appears his daughter may have to die to fulfill the prophecy...
This movie was one whole star better, before the releasing studio completely reshot its ending. What was a clever conclusion became instead more heavy-handed and far less satisfying, and even somewhat comical. It also occasionally suffers from a bit of heavy-handedness in direction, inadvertently turning some melodramatic moments into humorous ones.
However, the production itself is superior. Maurice Binder did the stylish opening credit sequence. Robert H.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awake and Watching November 4, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
The spirit of a dead, evil Egyptian queen reincarnates as the daughter of an archeologist. "The Awakening" is a tantilizing thrill ride complete with incest, betrayal, and murder. A young Stephanie Zimbalist gives an eerie performance as the young innocent daughter who tries to combat the demon within her.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My all time favorite bad movie April 14, 2010
By Marte
Format:Amazon Instant Video
This movie's really, really bad. And I love it. I have pretty well worn out my old VHS tape so it's time to buy the digital version. It's an over-the-top potboiler only distantly related to its alleged source material, Bram Stoker's "Jewel of the Seven Stars." It has lots more in common with the original Boris Karloff mummy movie. Both Charlton Heston and Stephanie Zimbalist chew the scenery with vigor, which makes it all the more fun to watch. Ian McDiarmid, erstwhile Emperor, has a small role.

Seriously, do yourself a favor and watch it. Don't go into it expecting high art. Just settle yourself in for a great stinkbomb of a movie and have a lot of fun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He dies, again! July 10, 2013
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Another excellent C. Heston movie. Young Stephanie Zimbalist was truly great. Unsettling movie to watch, even after several times. Loved it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A HIDDEN GEM OF A MOVIE! May 20, 2013
By Sayward
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Many may say that this is not one of Heston's best films, but I love it! Based on a short story by Bram Stoker, it's a creepy, although predictable, movie. Don't over analyze it. Just pop some popcorn. Grad a cold soda. Dim the lights. And sit back and enjoy this creepy little tale about an E-VILE Queen and her over powering hate and the man (Heston) who is destined to release her on an unsuspecting world. This film should be in the collection of every fan of Charlton Heston. A fun movie to watch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Story. May 10, 2013
By MikeSNJ
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I always enjoy the ancient curse movies and this one certainly doesn't disappoint. I hadn't seen it since I was a kid. I'm glad that I rented it and found it very enjoyable...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EgyptianMania January 26, 2013
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I saw this on TV waaaaayyy back in the day, sometime in 1980. The Awakening had good actors, Charleton Heston, Stephanie Zimbalist, and Susannah York. It has a good plot (good versus evil), interesting possibilities (reincarnation), and great suspense. Of course, I pretty much like all things Egyption!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie !
Great movie and plot. Charlton Heston and Stephanie Zimbalist do a good acting. If you love movies about mysteries of ancient
Egypt, this is the one. The ending is great too !
Published 1 month ago by Fernando Ben
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing and Soulless Horror Film
1980's "The Awakening," an Orion release, here from Warner Archive is an attempt to give Charlton Heston another chance since he passed on "The Omen" four years... Read more
Published 2 months ago by V. Risoli
3.0 out of 5 stars Read the book: see the film
In the film, only a few characters from “The Jewel of Seven Stars” survive: Eugene – now called Matthew – Corbeck (Charlton Heston); Margaret Trelawny as Margaret Corbeck... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Diotima
2.0 out of 5 stars Jewel of Seven Stars / The Awakening
Unfortunately, this movie followed Bram Stoker's excellent original plot in The Jewel Of Seven Stars only sporadically, and twisted the storyline and pretty much everything else,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by ALEXISK
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the movie
A blast from the past....The dvd arrived in great condition no scratches on the the dvd or cover. Thank you
Published 4 months ago by trevor bell
4.0 out of 5 stars Just fun!
Just a fun movie. The actors are actually really good, especially Charleton Heston. The only reason I did not give 5 stars is because the ending of the movie sux!
Published 5 months ago by sweetpea
4.0 out of 5 stars Why So Serious?
Mention the name Bram Stoker and everyone thinks DRACULA. There are a few other novels such as THE LADY OF THE SHROUD and THE LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM (made into a movie by Ken... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Chip Kaufmann
4.0 out of 5 stars Heston still has trouble in Egypt
This is a very enjoyable film, although not one of Charlton Heston's best by any means. The story is based on The Jewel of the Seven Stars by Dracula author Bram Stoker. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Deejay
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!!
I first saw this movie when it was released in 1980. I LOVE Charlton Heston and he was absolutely FANTASTIC in this film!!! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Pamela Hartje
5.0 out of 5 stars film review
one of charlaton hestons best films really good one this is. better than the excorcist in so many ways. excellent film
Published 7 months ago by Leonardhughes
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