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The Exorcist (1973)

When a girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.

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Cast

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Father Dyer (as Reverend William O'Malley S.J.)
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Dr. Barringer - Clinic Director (as Pete Masterson)
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Karl
Gina Petrushka ...
Willi
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Dr. Taney
Arthur Storch ...
Psychiatrist
Thomas Bermingham ...
Tom - President of University (as Reverend Thomas Bermingham S.J.)
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Storyline

A visiting actress in Washington, D.C., notices dramatic and dangerous changes in the behavior and physical make-up of her 12-year-old daughter. Meanwhile, a young priest at nearby Georgetown University begins to doubt his faith while dealing with his mother's terminal sickness. And, book-ending the story, a frail, elderly priest recognizes the necessity for a show-down with an old demonic enemy. Written by Andrew Harmon <aharmon@erols.com>

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Nobody expected it, nobody believed it, and nobody could stop it. The one hope, the only hope: THE EXORCIST See more »

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 December 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Exorcist: The Version You Haven't Seen Yet  »

Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£151,714 (UK) (21 June 1998)

Gross:

$232,906,145 (USA)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The first scene to be shot was of a distressed Karras pacing the corridors of Bellevue psychiatric hospital, agitatedly discussing with his uncle his mother's incarceration. See more »

Goofs

In the establishing shot of Georgetown, a building's signs read "Merry Christmas" and "Happy New Year." Yet not much later in the film, Chris walks past some trick-or-treating kids. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Boy: [in Arabic] They've found something... small pieces.
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Crazy Credits

There are no opening credits after the title. Although it is commonplace now, it was unheard of in 1973. See more »

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Referenced in Ghostbusters (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Tubular Bells
Written by Mike Oldfield
Courtesy of Virgin Records
[Heard during opening and closing]
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Engraved into your minds...forever
6 December 1999 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

For those who watched this film on the big screen when it was re-released and thought it was 'comical, funny, not disturbing nor scary' are just do not understand the complexity that surrounds this movie. Back in '73, no one was expecting a film of this kind, and I know it has been said many times but it WAS way ahead of its time. A time where cinema was in its infancy, religion was practiced on a larger scale than today and showing such violent, graphic and disturbing scenes was not thought of as being possible, one can understand why it has been banned for so many years.

I recently watched this movie (at night, before bedtime) and it really left me thinking of how such horrifying scenes could be shown and portrayed in such a way. There were many scenes that would not get out of my head (for those who have seen the movie would know what scenes they are). I could not sleep that night and that hasn't happened since I saw Nightmare On Elm Street Part 1 when I was 6!

What makes things worse is that there are well known cases where people have been possessed by the devil or a supernatural being, which leads them in doing evil deeds.

When you mix a horror movie with religion on such a large magnitude, things can heat up and become very unpleasant.


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