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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 13 wins & 14 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
They don't make em like they used to... See more (994 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)
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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)
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:
Upon its 1973 release in the Middle East, the film was shown only in Lebanon while in the rest of the Middle East, the film was banned. On its re release, the film got banned throughout the whole Middle East including Lebanon.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When father Karras is in the dorm sitting on the bed smoking a cigarette, the priest takes the cigarette from Karras and lays him down on the bed. When father Karras sits up and grabs the priest's arm, the cigarette is still in Karras's right hand. In the next shot, the cigarette is back with the other priest.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Boy:[in Arabic] They've found something... small pieces.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Angel: Damage (#5.11)" (2004)See more »
Soundtrack:
Cello ConcertoSee more »

FAQ

What actually happens in the opening scene in Iraq?
Is "The Exorcist" based on a book?
What were the noises in the attic?
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101 out of 132 people found the following review useful.
They don't make em like they used to..., 17 May 2005
Author: somesunnyday from Australia

"The scariest movie of all time". Some movie goers agree and some disagree. I belong to the former group, though I would like to rephrase it to "One of the scariest movies of all time". For those of you who have been living in a cave for the past twenty two years, the story is of a pre-pubescent girl, Regan (Linda Blair), possessed by a demon whom purports to be the Devil himself ("Now kindly undo these straps!").

In this day and age of schlock fest horror films being relentlessly released (or spewed out for want of a better term) by the big wig studios on a quest to cash in on the latest teenage trend, this premise for a horror story may not seem so scary to most. However, it's the road we take to arrive at this supposition that makes this film stand out from the rest.

The seeds of dread and fear are planted early with screen legend Max Von Sydow's Father Merrin receiving disturbing and familiar Omens of what is to come during an archaeological dig in Northern Iraq.

We're then taken to the setting where the real horror will begin in the Georgetown home of Chris MacNeil (Ellen Burstyn), a successful divorcée film actress living with her daughter Regan. We're initially presented with a Regan who loves horses, has a close and loving relationship with her mother, is uncomfortable with the strained relationship between her parents and has the innocent demeanour and narrow vocabulary of every normal young girl.

The carefully crafted and ever so gradual change in Regan's personality, the strange drawings and figurines she creates, the emergence of Captain Howdy (Regan's imaginary friend) and strange outbursts ("You're gonna die up there") and so called physical convulsions force Chris to turn to doctors and eventually psychiatrists to try and get to the bottom of Regan's ever worsening behaviour. Her vocabulary becomes quite extensive with spine chilling, sudden maturity and her outbursts more terrifyingly violent. After exhausting all the "somatic" possibilities for Regan's troubles Chris desperately seeks help from world weary Jesuit Psychiatrist Priest Father Karras (Jason Miller) requesting an exorcism.

By the time Karras meets Regan, any semblance of the innocent young girl has completely vanished. Karras is grappling with his faith and subsequently doubts she is truly 'possessed'. Finally convinced that an exorcism is the way to go, he seeks permission from the Catholic Church, who grant him with the condition that he perform it with the help of the experienced Father Merrin.

Merrin arrives like a knight in shining armour for the ultimate showdown! A great screenplay by William Peter Blatty (based on his book), intelligent directing from William Friedken and outstanding performances from all the cast, particularly Ellen Burstyn as the traumatised mother make for a classic piece of horror that will stand the test of time. 10/10

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