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Possessed (2000)

Not Rated | | Horror, Drama | TV Movie 22 October 2000
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An eleven-year-old boy starts throwing temper tantrums, vomiting on, and attacking people, and swearing uncontrollably. Furniture begins to move on its own when he is around, and he doesn't... See full summary »

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Michael Rhoades ...
Karl Mannheim
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Phyllis Mannheim
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Michael McLachlan ...
Halloran
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Deborah Drakeford ...
Mrs. Eckhardt
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Aunt Hanna
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American Soldier (as Robert Tinkler)
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Big Prisoner
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Jail Cop
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An eleven-year-old boy starts throwing temper tantrums, vomiting on, and attacking people, and swearing uncontrollably. Furniture begins to move on its own when he is around, and he doesn't remember any of it. After giving up on the Protestants, the boys parents turn to the Catholic church for help. Father Bowden is a World War II veteran who is experiencing nightmares, flashbacks, and other personal problems, including alcoholism. He is recruited by the Archbishop to perform a series of exorcisms. This is the true account of the last exorcism known to have been done by the Catholic church. Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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There has only been one documented exorcism in America. The ultimate fear is knowing it really happened.

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Based on the 1949 case of a Maryland boy, which inspired "The Exorcist". See more »

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When Robbie is circling the bed singing "Ave Maria" his mouth in no way matches the words heard. See more »

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Reverend Eckhardt: [voice over] To the editor of the psychic magazine. Dear Professor Ryan, in my work I have stumbled upon an adolescent who seems to fit the classic pattern of a psychoactive prepubescent worthy of publication in your journal. I will soon have and opportunity to closely observe the child for manifestations of abnormal behavior fitting your description of a poltergeist. I will keep you informed of all future developments. Very truly yours, Reverend Roland Eckardt.
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Predictable, but good performances
2 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

I just saw this movie a few nights ago and even though the plot was predictable in places, the performances make it worth watching. Timothy Dalton's portrayal of a priest tormented by wartime flashbacks was quite believable and almost moving in parts. The exorcism rituals and events are more believable than those in The Exorcist and your don't need any previous Catholic upbringing to keep up.

Other than the paranormal events which occur, one can almost believe the child is simply a severely psychotic individual with a fixation on the afterlife and demonic imagery, which lends an air of credibility to the presentation. If you chose to believe the events have been exaggerated and the paranormal occurrences did not occur as documented then this story should sit well with you. Even those that take the account as accurate as told will find the story quite gripping.

Regardless of your level of belief I think just about all will find this story well told in this movie. Your disbelief will not need to be suspended very much to walk away from this film with a good impression.


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