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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)

Lisa Paige Robinson ... Woman in Dream (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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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
I cannot say enough about this exceptional movie. A must for any horror collection!, 25 May 2006
Author: dav07dan02 from spokane, usa

Director/Script(From his novel Legion): William Peter Blatty, Cast: George C. Scott (William Kinderman), Ed Flanders (Father Joseph K. Dyer), Nancy Fish (Nurse Allerton), Jason Miller (Patient X aka. Father Damien Karras), Brad Dourif (Gemini Killer/James Venamun), Scott Wilson (Dr. Temple), Nicol Williamson (Father Paul Morning)

This is the 1990 film adaption of Blatty's novel Legion. Ignoring the lousy 'Exorcist 2' this film takes place fifteen years after the events of the first film. This is the true sequel to The Exorcist. Three of the characters from the first film are also in this one. Detective Kinderman (played by Lee Cobb in the original now played by George C Scott), Father Dyer (Played by Rev. William O. Malley in the original now played by Ed Flanders), and Father Damien Karras (Jason Miller).

At the end of the original film, Father Karras 'dies' by either jumping or being forced out the window and down the stars after assisting with the exorcism of Reagan. As it turns out, he didn't actually die. During what should have been his death, his body becomes possessed by the spirit of the Gemini Killer as a way for Satan to seek torment on Father Karras for performing the exorcism on Reagan. This movie starts out with Dective Kinderman meting Father Dyer on the 15th anniversary of Father Karras's death(He is presumed dead) for a showing of It's a Wonderful Life. Kinderman is investigating a series of deaths that horrifically resemble the work of the Gemini Killer who had been executed fifteen years earlier. The victims are decapitated and their heads replaced with one from a statue of Christ. Sometimes entire organs are removed and replaced with religious artifacts such as rosaries. What is troubling is that the murders are being executed in ways only the Gemini Killer would have known. Dective Kinderman is eventually to discover that is old friend Father Karras is in a psychiatric ward and appearers to be possessed by the Genini Killer.

This film represents one of those rare cases where a sequel is equal or even better than the original film. The problem with so many sequels especially with horror movies is that it is hard to create the same kind of atmosphere the second time around. This is not at all the case here. Blatty was able to create the same gloomy atmosphere. Like the original, this movie is filmed in the Georgetown section of Washington, DC. The characterization is also excellent in this film. As good as in the first. I like George C. Scott and Lee Cobb about equally well as Detectve Kinderman. This movie is more plot driven and less special effects driven than the original. The first film relied too much on sensationalism at times to get it point across. This film is an 'intellictual' horror film. One had to follow the story to be scared by it. But what an effect it has! Especially if you believe in heaven and hell, good and evil. I sure do.

William Peter Blatty wanted this film to be called Legion after his novel and this film was to have no exorcisms in it. Unfortunately, the studio made him include an exorcism and call the film 'The Exorcist 3' to cash in on the Exorcist name. The exorcism at the end of the film was a weak point in the film and I will tell you why. To do an exorcism once again uses it too casually. In reality, the Catholic church really performs exorcisms. Few priests are even qualified to do it. Exorcism are only performed under extremely rare circumstances and they have to be approved by at least the bishop. A priest cannot routinely perform an exorcism. That aside, it just added unnecessary sensationalism to the film. Otherwise this is a great film and one of my all time favorite horror films. This is a truly underrated work. I am really hoping for a special edition directors cut of this to come out.

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