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The Exorcist III -- A haunted homicide detective is confronted by the apparent return of a brutal serial killer he helped send to the electric chair fifteen years earlier.


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A police lieutenant uncovers more than he bargained for as his investigation of a series of murders, which have all the hallmarks of the deceased 'Gemini' serial killer, lead him to question the patients of a psychiatric ward. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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George C. Scott ... Kinderman

Ed Flanders ... Father Dyer

Brad Dourif ... The Gemini Killer

Jason Miller ... Patient X

Nicol Williamson ... Father Morning

Scott Wilson ... Dr. Temple

Nancy Fish ... Nurse Allerton

George DiCenzo ... Stedman (as George Dicenzo)

Don Gordon ... Ryan
Lee Richardson ... University President

Grand L. Bush ... Sergeant Atkins
Mary Jackson ... Mrs. Clelia

Viveca Lindfors ... Nurse X

Ken Lerner ... Dr. Freedman
Tracy Thorne ... Nurse Keating
Barbara Baxley ... Shirley
Zohra Lampert ... Mary Kinderman

Harry Carey Jr. ... Father Kanavan
Sherrie Wills ... Julie Kinderman

Edward Lynch ... Patient A

Clifford David ... Dr. Bruno
Alex Zuckerman ... Korner Boy (as Alexander Zuckerman)
Lois Foraker ... Nurse Merrin
Tyra Ferrell ... Nurse Blaine

James Burgess ... Thomas Kintry

Kevin Corrigan ... Altar Boy
Peggy Alston ... Mrs. Kintry
John Durkin ... Elderly Jesuit (as Father John Durkin S.J.)
Bobby Deren ... Nurse Bierce
Jan Neuberger ... Alice
Alexis Chieffet ... Counter Attendant

Debra Port ... Waitress
Walt MacPherson ... Police Sergeant

David Dwyer ... Second Police Officer

Danny Epper ... Police Driver (as Daniel Epper)
William Preston ... Old Man in Wheelchair
Chuck Kinlaw ... Attendant
Demetrios Pappageorge ... Casperelii
Nina Hansen ... Little Old Lady
Shane Wexel ... First Dream Boy
Ryan Paul Amick ... Second Dream Boy
John Coe ... Old Man in Dream (as John A. Coe)

Jodi Long ... First Dream Woman
Kathy Gerber ... Second Dream Woman

Samuel L. Jackson ... Dream Blind Man
Jan Smook ... Radio Man

Amelia Campbell ... Young Girl in Dream
Cherie Baron ... Nurse

Larry King ... Larry King
C. Everett Koop ... Everett Koop

Patrick Ewing ... Angel of Death
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Clinton Brandhagen ... Young Boy in Dream (uncredited)
Michael Criscuolo ... Mental Patient (uncredited)

Colleen Dewhurst ... Satan (voice) (uncredited)

Fabio ... Angel (uncredited)
Randy Aaron Fink ... Student (uncredited)

Jeff Henry ... Angel (uncredited)

Patt Noday ... Hospital Ward Priest (unconfirmed) (uncredited)

Manley Pope ... Angel (uncredited)
John Thompson ... John Thompson - Georgetown Hoyas Basketball Coach (uncredited)
Brad Waller ... Asylum Inmate (uncredited)

Directed by
William Peter Blatty 
Writing credits
William Peter Blatty (screenplay)

William Peter Blatty (novel "Legion")

Produced by
Carter DeHaven .... producer (as Carter De Haven)
Steve Jaffe .... associate producer
James G. Robinson .... executive producer
Joe Roth .... executive producer
Original Music by
Barry De Vorzon  (as Barry Devorzon)
Cinematography by
Gerry Fisher 
Film Editing by
Peter Lee-Thompson  (as Peter Lee Thompson)
Todd C. Ramsay  (as Todd Ramsay)
Thom Noble (uncredited)
Casting by
Sally Dennison 
Louis DiGiaimo  (as Lou Digiaimo)
Julie Selzer 
Production Design by
Leslie Dilley 
Art Direction by
Henry Shaffer 
Costume Design by
Dana Lyman 
Makeup Department
Michael Abrios .... crew: Cannom Creations
Greg Cannom .... special makeup effects creator
Cydney Cornell .... department head hair stylist
Mitch Devane .... crew: Cannom Creations
Steve Frakes .... crew: Cannom Creations
Erin Koplow .... makeup artist (as Erin Brasfield)
John Logan .... crew: Cannom Creations
Dan Platt .... crew: Cannom Creations
Mike Smithson .... on set prosthetics coordinator
Brian Wade .... on-set special makeup effects supervisor
Bill Forsche .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Shaun Smith .... special makeup effects crew (uncredited)
Brian Wade .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Ronald Colby .... production manager: second unit
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard W. Abramitis .... first assistant director
Stephanie Fowler Adams .... second second assistant director
Paul Baxley .... second unit director
Sharon Gerhard .... first assistant director: second unit
Sharon Gerhard .... second assistant director
Norman Reynolds .... special effects unit director
Art Department
Lisa De Alva .... property mistress: second unit
Daren Dochterman .... assistant to production designer
Tim Eckel .... set designer
Douglas Fox .... property master
John D. Kretschmer .... lead man
Alton McClellan .... scenic foreman
Simon Murton .... concept illustrator
Mick Rossman .... scenic: North Carolina
Thomas Michael Ryan .... gang boss
Jeffrey Schlatter .... construction coordinator
John Smart .... assistant property master
Michael A. Wells .... propmaker
Randal Woodward .... paint forman
Ralph Woollaston .... construction foreman
Robb Kehoe .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
David W. Alstadter .... foley mixer
Vanessa Theme Ament .... foley artist
Richard L. Anderson .... supervising sound editor
Ron Bartlett .... sound editor
Mike Chock .... sound editor
David Chornow .... sound mixer
Ezra Dweck .... sound effects recordist
Nicholas James .... sound editor
Oscar Mitt .... assistant sound editor
Andrew Patterson .... supervising adr editor
Ralph Stuart .... first assistant sound editor
Richard Van Dyke .... production sound mixer
Rick Mitchell .... foley editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Sharon Benson .... special effects coordinator
Randy E. Moore .... special effects crew
Larry Odien .... mechanical effects
William Purcell .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Mat Beck .... visual effects supervisor
Jon A. Bell .... digital artist (as Jon Bell)
Patric Kenly .... animation camera operator
Jeff Matakovich .... optical supervisor: Dream Quest
Abe Milrad .... visual effects producer
Paul Baxley .... stunt coordinator
Dean Raphael Ferrandini .... stunt double: Nicol Williamson
Lane Leavitt .... stunts
Kurt D. Lott .... utility stunts
Jim Stephan .... stunts (as Jim Stephen)
Chuck Waters .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Waide R. Allen .... electrician
Eric Bartsch .... grip
Logan R. Berkshire .... best boy grip
John Cambria .... second assistant camera
Kevin Carrico .... grip
Rusty Edmonson .... lighting technician
Rory Robert Knepp .... additional second assistant camera
David Knox .... Steadicam operator
Terry D. Long .... electrician
Gene Poole .... key grip
David Renken .... electrician
Lee Shapira .... grip
R. Michael Stringer .... gaffer: second unit
David W. Strong .... best boy lighting/genny operator
Rick Tiedeman .... additional Steadicam operator
Jon R. Tower .... gaffer
Ron Zarilla .... first assistant camera
Casting Department
Craig Fincannon .... casting: Wilmington, NC
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vincent Lapper .... costumer
Marina Marit .... costumer
Editorial Department
Tim Craig .... second assistant editor
Eric O. Schusterman .... apprentice editor
Marcy Stoeven .... assistant editor (as Marcy Stoeven Gibbens)
Adam Bernardi .... additional editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Tyler C. Daum .... captain
Other crew
Robert Baldridge .... production assistant
Philip Chidel .... production secretary
Sheldon Katz .... production controller
Helen Pinkston .... vfx script supervisor
James G. Robinson .... presenter
Judi Rosner .... production coordinator
Joe Roth .... presenter
David Sherry .... assistant to the upm
Joe Walser .... production assistant
Melinda Eichberg .... animal trainer (uncredited)
Chris Hilsabeck .... production assistant (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Exorcist 3" - Philippines (English title)
"William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist III" - USA (complete title)
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110 min
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In addition to the demand of an exorcism scene to be included at the ending, the producers also wanted an actor from the first movie to be part of "The Exorcist III". Jason Miller, who had played Father Karras in the first movie and was unavailable to shoot "The Exorcist III" when principal photography started, was called to shoot a few scenes as "Patient X". In order not to remove the work that had already been done by Brad Dourif in that role, director William Peter Blatty decided to use footage of both actors. Thus, Jason Miller can be seen as Patient X when he's manifesting the Karras personality, and Brad Dourif can be seen when he's conveying the Gemini Killer personality.See more »
Plot holes: The movie suggests that Kinderman and Father Karras/Patient X were longtime friends, but they only met once in the original film, and their meeting could hardly be called cordial.See more »
The Gemini Killer:Catatonics are so easy to possess...See more »
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85 out of 96 people found the following review useful.
Legion: Exorcist III, 26 October 2004

Exorcist III (1990) was the follow up to the classic Exorcist. Despite the number three next to the title, this was the true sequel to the first film. Writer/ Director William Peter Blatty wanted to simply call the movie "Legion" like the name of his novel. But the producers wanted to cash in on the Exorcist name so he caved into pressure. In Europe it's called Legion: Exorcist III. This wasn't going to be the first or the last conflict Blatty would have with the producers. The novel was a straight forward mystery/ thriller. The producer wanted some gore and "exorcism" thrown into the mix. Blatty wanted to make an atmospheric horror film, the producers wanted a prototypical 80's horror film. The producers wanted Jason Miller and an exorcism! Who won out?

The film follows the friendship between Father Dyer and Detective Kinderman. Meanwhile a serial killer is running around Georgetown gruesomely murdering the city's residents. Kinderman is called into duty and is puzzled by the brutal slayings. That is until he follows the clues and they lead him to a very unlikely place. Kinderman's faith in man is tested as he continues on through out this bizarre and seemingly never ending case.

George C. Scott is excellent as Kinderman. he plays the role of the detective as if he was tailored made for the part. Ed Flanders co-stars as Father Dyer. Nicol Williamson has a guest star spot as a Father Merrin type priest (his scenes seemed to have been added during post production because they don't fit in with the rest of the movie). The ending felt rushed and it has "post production" stamped on it. Word has it that the film was indeed tampered with during the post production. I think so to because the book's ending was far different than what was put out on the silver screen.

Is the movie worth watching? Yes it is because it's a worthy follow up to the Exorcist. Even though it was fiddled around with during the final phase of production, scenes seem to have been added and the ever presence of the producers looking over the director's shoulder, it's still a great film. I'm probably one of the few people who are actually satisfied with the movie. I wished Blatty could have the original version of this film restored. I enjoyed the book and the movie as well.

Highly recommended!

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