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Director:
Writer:
William Goodhart (written by)
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Release Date:
17 June 1977 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
It's four years later...what does she remember?
Plot:
A girl once possessed by a demon finds that it still lurks within her. Meanwhile, a priest investigates the death of the girl's exorcist. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
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User Reviews:
Highly underrated, but not great, either See more (239 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Linda Blair ... Regan MacNeil

Richard Burton ... Father Philip Lamont

Louise Fletcher ... Dr. Gene Tuskin

Max von Sydow ... Father Merrin

Kitty Winn ... Sharon Spencer

Paul Henreid ... The Cardinal

James Earl Jones ... Older Kokumo

Ned Beatty ... Edwards
Belinda Beatty ... Liz (as Belinha Beatty)
Rose Portillo ... Spanish Girl
Barbara Cason ... Mrs. Phalor
Tiffany Kinney ... Deaf Girl
Joey Green ... Young Kokumo
Fiseha Dimetros ... Young Monk
Ken Renard ... Abbot
Hank Garrett ... Conductor
Lorry Goldman ... Accident Victim
Bill Grant ... Taxi Driver
Shane Butterworth ... Gary Tuskin
Joely Adams ... Linda Tuskin
Robert Lussier
Charles Parks

Richard Paul ... Man on the Plane
George Skaff
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kelley Karel ... Singer (uncredited)
Karen Knapp ... Pazuzu (uncredited)

Dana Plato ... Sandra Phalor (uncredited)

Directed by
John Boorman 
 
Writing credits
William Goodhart (written by)

John Boorman  uncredited
Rospo Pallenberg  uncredited

Produced by
John Boorman .... producer
Richard Lederer .... producer
Charles Orme .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
 
Cinematography by
William A. Fraker 
 
Film Editing by
Tom Priestley 
John Merritt (uncredited)
 
Casting by
Mary Goldberg (uncredited)
Alan Shayne (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
Richard Macdonald 
 
Art Direction by
Jack T. Collis 
 
Set Decoration by
John P. Austin  (as John Austin)
 
Costume Design by
Robert De Mora 
 
Makeup Department
Ron Berkeley .... makeup artist: Mr. Burton
Wayne Edgar .... makeup artist
Lynda Gurasich .... supervising hair stylist
Gary Liddiard .... makeup supervisor
Dick Smith .... special makeup effects artist
Carrie White .... additional hair stylist
Gae Clark Butler .... second hairdresser (uncredited)
Terry Miles .... second makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
John R. Coonan .... unit production manager (as John Coonan)
William C. Gerrity .... unit production manager: New York (as William Gerrity)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Victor Hsu .... second assistant director
Rospo Pallenberg .... second unit director
Phil Rawlins .... assistant director
William S. Beasley .... dga trainee (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Kathrin Boorman .... draughtsman: Regan's drawings
Harold Broner .... construction coordinator
Richard Lawrence .... assistant art director
Richard M. Rubin .... property master
Gene Rudolf .... art director: New York
Glen R. Feldman .... leadman (uncredited)
Douglas Forsmith .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Dean Edward Mitzner .... assistant art director (uncredited)
David Moll .... second assistant property master (uncredited)
Peter R. Romero .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Walter Wylie .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jim Atkinson .... sound effects editor
Les Fresholtz .... sound re-recording mixer
Walter Goss .... sound mixer
Russ Hill .... synchronization effects editor
Michael Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer
Arthur Piantadosi .... sound re-recording mixer
Al Boyle .... boom operator (uncredited)
Collins Shields .... cableman (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Jim Blount .... special effects
Wayne Edgar .... special effects
Chuck Gaspar .... special effects
Jeff Jarvis .... special effects
Roy Kelly .... special effects
Richard Ratliff .... special effects
Wayne Beauchamp .... special effects crew (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Bill Hansard .... process consultant
Albert Whitlock .... special visual effects (as Albert J. Whitlock)
Henry Schoessler .... matte crew (uncredited)
Albert Whitlock .... matte artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
John Ashby .... stunts (uncredited)
May Boss .... stunts (uncredited)
Whitey Hughes .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Bennie Moore .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Arthur Brooker .... key grip (as Art Brooker)
Garrett Brown .... Steadicam operator
Diane Eddy .... camera operator: second unit
Ken Eddy .... camera operator: second unit
Nick McLean .... camera operator
Sean Morris .... special photographer: Locust
Doug Pentek .... gaffer
David L. Quaid .... camera operator: second unit (as David Quaid)
Chris Schwiebert .... camera operator
Dave Thompson .... special photographer: Locust
Ron Vargas .... assistant camera
Gerald H. Boatright .... second best boy (uncredited)
Michael B. Corbett .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Ray De La Motte .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Adam Glick .... set lighting technician (uncredited)
Frank Lambers .... grip best boy (uncredited)
Gary Stark .... set lighting technician (uncredited)
Orlando Suero .... still photographer (uncredited)
Don Yamasaki .... best boy (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Betsy Cox .... costume supervisor
Bruce Walkup .... costume supervisor
Bill Milton .... costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Axel Hubert Sr. .... associate editor (uncredited)
Ron Spang .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Harper MacKay .... choral director
Eugene Marks .... music editor (as Gene Marks)
Ennio Morricone .... conductor
Ennio Morricone .... orchestrator
Dan Wallin .... score mixer
Gloria O'Brien .... singer: theme music (uncredited)
Brandon Quinn .... choral singer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Joe Gary .... transportation co-captain (uncredited)
Richard Padgett .... transportation captain (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Fiseha Dimetros .... technical consultant: Africa
Fisha Dimetros .... technical consultant: Africa
Daniel Joseph Giaghi .... choreographer: tap dance routine
John James .... location manager
Steven R. Kutcher .... entomologist
Andrea Nachman .... production secretary
Rospo Pallenberg .... creative associate
Dan Perri .... title designer
Bonnie Prendergast .... script supervisor
Melissa Skoff .... secretary to director
Kenneth Fineman .... hypnosis consultant (uncredited)
Ardie Ivy .... assistant: AFI (uncredited)
Geri Jacobson .... co-production secretary (uncredited)
Ramon Pahoyo .... craft service (uncredited)
Carol Riggins .... animal trainer (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Tom Culla .... special thanks (as Tommy Culla)
Michael Dryhurst .... special thanks
Peter MacDonald .... special thanks
Geoffrey Unsworth .... special thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Exorcist 2" - International (English title) (informal alternative title)
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Runtime:
118 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Trivia:
When the role of Dr. Tuskin was still written as male, Chris Sarandon, George Segal and David Carradine were considered. Director John Boorman passed on Sarandon, and Segal's salary demands were too high. When the decision was made to make Dr. Tuskin a woman, the screenwriter suggested Jane Fonda or Ann-Margret before Boorman decided upon Louise Fletcher.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When the two characters return to the house in Georgetown, they are in the pouring rain holding wet umbrellas which clearly reflect the very intense white film lights above them.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
[pre-release version]
Father Lamont:[narrating] Father Lanchester Merrin died in Georgetown near Washington, D.C. while attempting to exorcise a 12-year-old child, Regan MacNeil.
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Soundtrack:
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FAQ

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35 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Highly underrated, but not great, either, 28 October 2005
Author: Chromium_5 from Minnesota

Poor John Boorman. He has all these great ideas, but whenever he tries to put them to the screen, the result is so damn goofy you can't tell whether you're watching a metaphysical drama or a slapstick comedy (for more on this, see "Zardoz"). His "Exorcist" sequel is miles below the original if you're looking for scares, but miles above it in terms of actual storytelling, plot, character development, etc. It's full of interesting ideas (the most interesting being the idea of pure goodness as a magnet for evil), and Regan turns into an angelic heroine out to stop the demon that once possessed her. But Boorman's wacko imagery, while fascinating in places (the doves, the locusts), tends to get a little TOO wacko, to the point where you can't help laughing (the hypnosis machine, Richard Burton putting out a fire with a wooden crutch, James Earl Jones spitting up a tomato).

If you can accept the fact that this is a completely different movie than the original, you might find that it's a pretty good movie on its own. Fantastic acting from Burton, a wonderful score, and some truly gorgeous visuals, especially the climactic scene in the house, make it one of the most underrated movies of all time. Even if some scenes leave you falling over with laughter.

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