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Director:
Writers:
William Peter Blatty (written for the screen by)
William Peter Blatty (novel)
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Release Date:
26 December 1973 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The movie you've been waiting for...without the wait. See more »
Plot:
When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 14 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Unmatched brilliance See more (999 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ellen Burstyn ... Chris MacNeil

Max von Sydow ... Father Merrin

Lee J. Cobb ... Lt. William Kinderman

Kitty Winn ... Sharon

Jack MacGowran ... Burke Dennings

Jason Miller ... Father Karras

Linda Blair ... Regan

William O'Malley ... Father Dyer (as Reverend William O'Malley S.J.)
Barton Heyman ... Dr. Klein

Peter Masterson ... Dr. Barringer - Clinic Director (as Pete Masterson)
Rudolf Schündler ... Karl
Gina Petrushka ... Willi
Robert Symonds ... Dr. Taney
Arthur Storch ... Psychiatrist
Thomas Bermingham ... Tom - President of University (as Reverend Thomas Bermingham S.J.)
Vasiliki Maliaros ... Karras' Mother
Titos Vandis ... Karras' Uncle

John Mahon ... Language Lab Director
Wallace Rooney ... Bishop Michael
Ron Faber ... Chuck - Assistant Director / Demonic Voice
Donna Mitchell ... Mary Jo Perrin
Roy Cooper ... Jesuit Dean
Robert Gerringer ... Senator at Party

Mercedes McCambridge ... Demon (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Bateson ... Radiologist's Assistant (uncredited)
Elinore Blair ... Nurse (uncredited)

William Peter Blatty ... The Producer (uncredited)
Mary Boylan ... First Mental Patient (uncredited)
Dick Callinan ... Astronaut (uncredited)
Mason Curry ... Doctor (voice) (uncredited)
Toni Darnay ... Violent psychotic patient (uncredited)

Eileen Dietz ... Pazuzu's Face (uncredited)
Joanne Dusseau ... Senator's Wife (uncredited)
Bernard Eismann ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Beatrice Hunter ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Yvonne Jones ... Bellevue Nurse (uncredited)
Don LaBonte ... Minor Role (uncredited)
John Nicola ... Priest (uncredited)
Vincent Russell ... Subway Vagrant (uncredited)
Gerard F. Yates ... Priest Singing Around Piano at Party (uncredited)

Directed by
William Friedkin 
 
Writing credits
William Peter Blatty (written for the screen by)

William Peter Blatty (novel)

Produced by
William Peter Blatty .... producer
Noel Marshall .... executive producer
David Salven .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Steve Boeddeker (2000)
 
Cinematography by
Owen Roizman (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Norman Gay 
Evan A. Lottman  (as Evan Lottman)
 
Casting by
Louis DiGiaimo  (as Louis DiGiamo)
Nessa Hyams 
Juliet Taylor 
 
Production Design by
Bill Malley 
 
Art Direction by
John Robert Lloyd (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
Jerry Wunderlich 
 
Costume Design by
Joseph Fretwell III  (as Joe Fretwell)
 
Makeup Department
William A. Farley .... hair stylist (as Bill Farley)
Dick Smith .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
William Kaplan .... production manager: Iraq sequence
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Terence A. Donnelly .... first assistant director
Alan R. Green .... second assistant director (as Alan Green)
 
Art Department
Charles Bailey .... assistant art director
Joseph M. Caracciolo .... property master (as Joe Caracciolo)
Edward Garzero .... master scenic artist (as Eddie Garzero)
Robert Hart .... carpenter (uncredited)
Gene Lauritzen .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Randle Akerson .... dialogue editor (2000 re-release)
Randle Akerson .... sound editor (2000 re-release)
Noah Blough .... sound editor (2000 re-release)
Andrew Bock .... assistant sound editor: 2000 rerelease
Steve Boeddeker .... sound designer: theatrical re-release
Fred J. Brown .... sound effects editor (as Fred Brown)
Richard Burton .... sound editor (2000 re-release)
Susan Demskey-Horiuchi .... first assistant sound editor (2000 re-release)
Matthew Dettmann .... foley artist (2000 re-release) (as Matt Dettmann)
Richard Duarte .... foley mixer (2000 re-release)
Jean-Louis Ducarme .... sound: Iraq sequence
Bob Fine .... special sound effects
Dana LeBlanc Frankley .... adr assistant (2000 release) (as Dana LeBlanc)
Gonzalo Gavira .... special sound effects
Gary A. Hecker .... foley artist (2000 re-release) (as Gary Hecker)
David C. Hughes .... sound effects editor: re-release
Richard King .... supervising sound editor (2000 re-release)
Robert Knudson .... dubbing mixer (as Buzz Knudson)
Hal Landaker .... sound consultant
James Matheny .... sound editor (2000 re-release)
Michael Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer (2000 re-release)
Ron Nagle .... special sound effects
Christopher Newman .... sound (as Chris Newman)
Timothy Nielsen .... sound effects editor: re-release
Mark Pappas .... foley editor (2000 re-release)
Mark Pappas .... sound editor (2000 re-release)
Gary Rizzo .... sound re-recording mixer (2000 special edition)
Doc Siegel .... special sound effects
Donald Sylvester .... sound editor: 2000 rerelease
Ross Taylor .... sound effects editor
Robert Ulrich .... adr supervisor (2000 re-release)
Robert Ulrich .... supervising adr editor (2000 re-release)
Kerry Dean Williams .... adr editor (2000 re-release) (as Kerry Williams)
Linda Yeaney .... first assistant sound editor: 2000 rerelease
Sean England .... machine room operator: 2000 re-release (uncredited)
James M. Falkinburg .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
Sharron Miller .... sound editor (uncredited)
Ken Nordine .... special sound effects (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Marcel Vercoutere .... special effects
Rick Baker .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Jennifer Law-Stump .... 2000 special edition digital effects artist: Pacific Title Digital
Marv Ystrom .... optical effects
Martin Hall .... paint/roto artist (uncredited)
Matt Linder .... digital compositor: restoration (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Steven Burnett .... stunts (uncredited)
Linda R. Hager .... stunt double (uncredited)
Anne Miles .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Waters .... stunts: Jason Miller (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Quinlan .... gaffer (as Dick Quinlan)
Ed Quinn .... key grip (as Eddie Quinn)
Josh Weiner .... still photographer
Billy Williams .... director of photography: Iraq sequence
Gary Muller .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Kelvin Pike .... camera operator: iraq sequence (uncredited)
Tom Priestley Jr. .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Robert Schoenhut .... camera operator (uncredited)
Tom Volpe .... grip (uncredited)
David Wynn-Jones .... focus puller (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bill Beattie .... wardrobe: men's
Aldo Cipullo .... jewelry designer: Cartier, New York
Florence Foy .... wardrobe: ladies'
 
Editorial Department
Michael Goldman .... assistant film editor (as Michal Goldman)
Terry Haggar .... color timer (special edition)
Jordan Leondopoulos .... supervising field editor
Ross Levy .... assistant film editor: Iraq sequence
Craig McKay .... assistant film editor
Bob McMillian .... color consultant (as Robert M. McMillian)
Darrin Navarro .... assistant editor (theatrical re-release)
Jonathan Pontell .... assistant film editor
Ray Sabo .... negative cutter (special edition)
Bud S. Smith .... editor: Iraq sequence (as Bud Smith)
 
Music Department
Robert Garrett .... music editor (2000 re-release)
Eugene Marks .... music editor (as Gene Marks)
Jack Nitzsche .... composer: additional music
Ken Nordine .... vocal coach: Linda Blair (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Thomas Bermingham .... technical advisor (as Reverend Thomas Bermingham S.J.)
Norman E. Chase .... technical advisor: Professor of Radiology, New York University Medical Center (as Norman E. Chase M.D.)
Anne Mooney .... production office coordinator
John Nicola .... technical advisor (as Reverend John Nicola S.J.)
William O'Malley .... technical advisor (as Reverend William O'Malley S.J.)
Dan Perri .... title designer
Nicholas Sgarro .... script supervisor (as Nick Sgarro)
Albert M. Shapiro .... administrative assistant (as Albert Shapiro)
Arthur I. Snyder .... technical advisor (as Arthur I. Snyder M.D.)
Herbert E. Walker .... technical advisor (as Herbert E. Walker M.D.)
Victor Argo .... voice (uncredited)
Michael Cristofer .... voice (uncredited)
Eileen Dietz .... double: Regan MacNeil (uncredited)
Liam Dunn .... voice (uncredited)
Philippa Harris .... voice (uncredited)
Claudia Lennear .... voice (uncredited)
Kitty Malone .... voice (uncredited)
Howard Newman .... publicist (uncredited)
Maidie Norman .... voice (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Exorcist: The Version You Haven't Seen Yet" - USA (recut version)
"The Exorcist: The Version You've Never Seen" - USA (promotional title)
"William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist" - USA (reissue title)
"Exorcist" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong language and disturbing images (Approved No. 23433)
Runtime:
122 min | 132 min (director's cut)
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (1979 re-release) | DTS-ES (director's cut) | Dolby Digital EX (director's cut) | Mono (original release) | SDDS (director's cut)
Certification:
Argentina:16 (director's cut) | Argentina:18 (original rating) | Australia:R | Australia:MA (TV rating) | Brazil:14 (TV rating - 1988) (video rating - 2001) | Brazil:18 (original rating) | Brazil:12 (cinema rating) (1998) | Brazil:16 (cinema rating) (1987) | Canada:18A (Alberta/British Columbia) (2000 re-release) | Canada:R (Manitoba) (also 2000 version) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) (2000 re-release) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia) (original rating) | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:AA (Ontario) (2000 re-release) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:14A (re-rating) | Canada:R (video rating) | Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) (re-rating) (1998) | Chile:18 (original rating) | Chile:14 (re-rating) (2000) | Finland:K-16 (2013) | Finland:K-18 (1974) | France:12 (director's cut) | France:16 (original rating) | Germany:16 (bw) (2001 re-release) | Hong Kong:IIB | Hungary:18 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Israel:18 | Italy:VM14 | Japan:PG-12 | Malaysia:(Banned) | Mexico:C | Mexico:B (2000) | Netherlands:16 (director's cut) | Netherlands:18 (original rating) | New Zealand:R18 (original rating) | New Zealand:R16 (re-rating) (2000) | Norway:18 | Norway:15 (2000) | Peru:18 | Philippines:R-18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:(Banned) (original rating) | Singapore:R(A) (re-rating) (cut) | Singapore:M18 (video rating) (cut) | South Korea:15 | Spain:18 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:(Banned) (original rating) | UK:18 (re-rating) (2008) | UK:18 (re-rating) (1990) | USA:R (Approved No. 23433) | USA:TV-14 (TV rating) | West Germany:18 (bw)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
In an interview on the January 12, 2007 broadcast of the Mr. KABC radio program it was revealed that actress/comedienne April Winchell was being seriously considered for the part of Regan MacNeil; however, she had developed a serious kidney infection which caused her to be hospitalized and ultimately taken out of consideration.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Wires holding Regan can be clearly seen during the exorcist levitation scenes.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Boy:[in Arabic] They've found something... small pieces.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Anthony and Son" (2010)See more »
Soundtrack:
Ramblin' ManSee more »

FAQ

What were the noises in the attic?
Is Regan possessed by Satan or a lesser demon?
Where can I get more information on the movie?
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199 out of 242 people found the following review useful.
Unmatched brilliance, 28 March 2000
Author: pheonix19 (pheonix19@email.com) from Chicago

There is a reason for the hysteria and mystique surrounding THE EXORCIST. And it's called genius.

Never have I seen a film matched in shock, terror, writing, or performances. This isn't a horror movie. The film itself is both a moving and terrifying drama that takes a realistic look at what would actually happen if a young girl were possessed in modern America. William Peter Blatty's script is amazing, bringing depth to the characters, and presenting the mystery of faith that they all deal with. Is Regan possessed? Is she insane? And most importantly, Is there a God? In the course of two hours, we see a sweet and innocent young girl become a cross masturbating, head spinning, murderous, creature. We see a successful actress overcome skepticism to save her daughter, and we see a brilliant psychiatrist struggle with his devotion to God as a priest.

Friedkin's direction is marvelous, with wonderful uses of light, dark, and color throughout the film. Jason Miller (as Damien Karras) is beautifully subtle in his first film acting role. Max Von Sydow and Lee J. Cobb provide engaging supporting performances as the experienced priest who senses his impending doom, and a detective who senses something sinister is at work. Ellen Burstyn gives a brutally honest performance as a grief stricken woman trying to save her daughter. And most of all, a 12-year-old Linda Blair gives one of the most terrifying, convincing, and beautiful performances ever shown on film. Her range of emotion and connection to Regan are astonishing. She deserved that Oscar!

THE EXORCIST presents to us the mystery of faith in it's most raw form--the battle of good and evil. It is an incomparable masterpiece of film, done without the aid of computers and special effects. It relies on story and performances to give us a marvelous and terrifying piece of work. In the end, it makes us ask ourselves what we believe, and keeps us wondering and shuddering at exactally what might be out there.

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