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||The 1976 film, actually scripted by the same writer, and to all intents the same film, updated.
||This is my own bit of trivia: When the ambassador meets the priest in the rain under a London arch a figure in red can be seen running across the background. Is this a tribute to Don’t Look Now?
||Liev Schreiber, Giovani Lombardo Radice, Julia Stiles, David Thewlis, Pete Postlethwaite, Mia Farrow, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Michael Gambon
||When a diplomat’s newly born son dies in an Italian hospital, he is offered a substitute and accepts without his wife’s knowledge. Then as a result of an unlikely series of accidents and events he is promoted to ambassador for USA in Britain. The child’s nanny commits suicide and is replaced by a woman who may have ulterior motives, then the abassador is approached by a priest who tells him that the child is the devil and will cause his wife and unborn child to die, as a step to taking over the world. What to do?
||Accidents happen, ambassadorial events take place, creepy stuff happens in the luxury house, some of them involving dogs. The ambassador and a friendly photographer go on a journey to Italy and Israel to find out the truth of the predictions, and to determine what should be done next.
||This movie was panned by the critics, except for Roger Ebert who thought it was better than the original. I don’t remember the original that well, but I though this version was pretty good, possibly because the photography gives it a slightly surreal edge. Some relatively unimportant scenes are absolutely terrific, and despite the negative reviews it made money. Worth your time as long as you are not determined that the 1976 version is an unrepeatable classic.