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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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Do you dare walk these steps again? See more »
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
Paul Sibley .... Personal Wardrobe
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
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Originally to be directed by William Friedkin, who had directed The Exorcist (1973), but he lost interest. Cast member George C. Scott would, however, eventually get the chance to work with Friedkin by appearing as Juror #3 in 12 Angry Men (1997) (TV). Interestingly, both Lt. Kinderman and Juror #3 were roles previously played by Lee J. Cobb.See more »
Continuity: Kinderman clearly punches Patient X in the nose with his right hand (Patient X's left nostril begins to bleed, and his head rocks back to the right); yet later, Nurse Allerton bandages Kinderman's left hand (over the course of a protracted dialogue scene).See more »
Patient X:[flashback from 'The Exorcist'] Take Me. Come into Me!See more »
Lagrime di San PietroSee more »


What are the other movies in the "Exorcist" franchise?
Is "The Exorcist III" based on a book?
Similarly, how were Kinderman and Karras meant to be good friends? They only spoke a few times in the first film.
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91 out of 100 people found the following review useful.
A Brainy Horror Movie... not for everyone, 1 May 2006
Author: rooprect from New York City

Most people go to horror movies for the emotional thrill, the gore and/or the adrenaline high of having things pop out and yell "boo!" Make no mistake: you won't find much of that here. So if you're looking for a movie that will make you spill your popcorn, you might wanna move on.

But if you're looking for a true psychological thriller (psychological = appealing to the intellect, not the viscera), this will be one hell of a treat for you. The dialogue is fantastic. The acting is superb (Brad Dourif & George C. Scott on the same screen. What could be better?). The philosophy is provocative. And the mood is as thick as it gets. Much of the movie is composed of a series of dialogues between two people in a dark room. If you liked the second half of APOCALYPSE NOW, you will enjoy this immensely.

I rank this movie as one of my all time English language faves with the likes of AMADEUS, 2001, Alfred Hitchcock's ROPE, PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY, and CITIZEN KANE. I'm serious; it's that good. Unfortunately, it was marketed to the wrong audience, and that's why it received such low ratings. Let me repeat: this is not a spooky movie. It's actually a very intellectual story with a lot of big words, literary overtones and powerful acting, and it's one of the few movies which I consider superior to the book (but of course writer Blatty directed this, so I'd expect no less).

Now don't get me wrong; it's anything but dull. There is one scene in particular that will scare the living crap out of you! It's a long scene done with one still camera, no music, no sound, hardly any action... but egads it's probably the most suspenseful/frightening thing I've ever seen in any movie.

In the style of the classic thrillers, so much is left to the imagination of the viewer--and oh there is PLENTY of disturbing, shocking stuff to imagine. In one conversation you'll hear about a murder so vile that you'll never want to hear the word "catheter" again. And the beauty is that you never see a thing. If this subtle style appeals to you, then you certainly won't be disappointed.

10/10. And I don't give 10s very often.

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