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William Peter Blatty (written for the screen by)
William Peter Blatty (novel)
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Release Date:
26 December 1973 (USA) See more »
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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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Won 2 Oscars. Another 13 wins & 14 nominations See more »
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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:
The actual residence in Georgetown that is used for the exterior shots has a rather large yard between it and the infamous steps. The window that leads to Regan's room is at least 40 feet from the top of the steps. This distance would make it impossible for anyone "thrown" from the window to actually land on the steps. In the movie, set decorators added a false wing to the house, so that Regan's supposed window would in fact be close to the infamous steps.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Regan insults Karras's mother, the lines don't match her mouth movements.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Boy:[in Arabic] They've found something... small pieces.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in DC Showcase: The Spectre (2010) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Beginnings (from The Wind Harp)See more »

FAQ

What were the noises in the attic?
Did Regan have a mental illness?
What are the differences between the Director's Cut Blu-ray and the Director's Cut DVD?
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33 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
One Genre Renewal movie: The Exorcist - Horror with no Crime, instead Horror with Spirits, 25 December 2009
Author: Cihan Sean Victorydawn Vercan (CihanVercan) from Ottawa, Canada

Two terrible sequels and one irrelevant remake were never replaced with the original, the 1973 version of The Exorcist; and no other version will never be any more. Written for the screen and produced by William Peter Blatty, both The Exorcist movie and the novel are incident driven basis of the actual happenings from 1949.

Looking at the most remarkable movies of 1973, there are 3 other important ones that the history of cinema will remember: -- A slow and touching movie from Ingmar Bergman "Cries and Whispers" -- Bernardo Bertolucci's depressive movie, a study of love "Last Tango in Paris" -- A crime story with Redford and Newman "The Sting". Among all and all the other movies that are produced in this year, The Exorcist stands one step further than the rest for its uniqueness on genre renewal. It's not the first movie that features the Demon in its content, yet in the Exorcist the Demon is introduced in the human level. The idea of being possessed by a spirit is used for the first time ever on the silver-screen. Horror genre featuring spirits didn't need to refer to Crime any more like it used to be in Hitchcock ages. Thus crime became a separate genre, and mostly acted conjointly with thrillers from now on.

This uniqueness profits from its sound mixing, great lighting techniques and of course a perfect screenplay. Director William Friedkin was lucky to find his producer Blatty, being also the novel-writer and the idea creator. The plot and the story development goes very smoothly: From Father Merrin's encountering with the Demon Pazuzu in Iraq; to Ellen Burstyn looking for the cure for her daughter's disease, going for visits to every type of doctor... From the noises in the attic, to Regan's peeing on the rug... From decoding the Demon's speech of speaking English in reverse, to the arriving of Merrin... Both the editing and directing gave high qualities to this film.

The 25th Anniversary edition DVD is in my movie collections. It's a must to have for horror fans. Either you have this version of DVD or the year 2000 version; you should check out the special features that reveals the real-life 1949 incident, the missing and the deleted scenes including the Spider-walk scene, sound mixing and sound effects tests show how they created the demon's voice and the BBC documentary: The Fear of God, all in the special features.

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