The Possession of Joel Delaney (1972)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Thriller  |  24 May 1972 (USA)
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A woman begins to suspect that her brother is possessed by a voodoo spirit.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Norah Benson
Joel Delaney
Peter Benson
Lisa Kohane ...
Carrie Benson
Lovelady Powell ...
Barbara Trentham ...
Edmundo Rivera Álvarez ...
Don Pedro (as Edmundo Rivera Alvarez)
Teodorina Bello ...
Mrs. Perez
Robert Burr ...
Ted Benson
Ernesto Gonzalez ...
Young Man at Seance
Peter Turgeon ...
Detective Brady
William Hawley
Aukie Herger ...
Mr. Perez
Charles (as Earl Hyman)


A woman begins to suspect that her brother is possessed by a voodoo spirit.

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If you believe, no explanation is necessary. If you don't believe, no explanation is possible.


Drama | Horror | Thriller


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Release Date:

24 May 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Obsessão de Joel Delaney  »

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$1,300,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


Shirley MacLaine turned down the lead female role in The Exorcist (1973) in order to make this film. See more »


Referenced in The Pact (2012) See more »

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All In All, A Great Possession Classic
6 April 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I first watched this movie when I was just a teen and was riveted to the TV screen. I was amazed at the performance of the characters and the intensity of the plot. If it was to be redone today there would be no doubt superb special effects to make it seem realistic. Shirley MacLaine is quite the actress no matter what part she is playing on the big screen and even now I have high respect for her ability to perform. I like the children's roles as well they probably have never acted in their life or had little parts in commercial's or extras on other movies. I have not been able to find this movie available at video stores that deal in older movies. I live in Canada and would like to see if I can buy this movie due to the fact that I am somewhat possessed in wanting to own it.

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