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Exorcist: The Beginning (2004)

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Years before Father Lancaster Merrin helped save Regan MacNeil's soul, he first encounters the demon Pazuzu in East Africa. This is the tale of Father Merrin's initial battle with Pazuzu and the rediscovery of his faith.

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Archeologist Lankester Merrin is asked to go to East Africa to excavate a church that has been found completely buried in sand. Merrin is also an ordained Roman Catholic priest who, still haunted by what he was forced to do during World War II in his native Holland, eschews any religion or belief. He's fascinated by what he finds and that it dates hundred of years before Christianity was introduced to the area. Accompanied by a young priest, Father Francis, to keep an eye on the religious elements of what they find, Merrin makes his way to the camp. There he meets a young doctor, Sarah and soon realizes there is an air of gloom that envelops the entire site. Workmen go mad and a young boy is mauled by a pack of hyenas while completely ignoring his younger brother Joseph. Inside the church itself they find signs of desecration. Merrin is forced to re-examine his lack of faith and come face to face with the devil. Written by garykmcd

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Rated R for strong violence and gore, disturbing images and rituals, and for language including some sexual dialogue | See all certifications »

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20 August 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Exorcist IV: The Beginning  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$18,054,001 (USA) (20 August 2004)

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$41,814,863 (USA) (5 November 2004)
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Stellan Skarsgård is playing a younger version of Max von Sydow's character from The Exorcist (1973). Skarsgård is nearly a decade older than von Sydow was during the filming of the original movie. See more »

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The crucifix hanging upside-down underneath the church resembles Western, Renaissance portrayals more than actual Byzantine depictions of the crucified Christ. In fact, it is even unlikely that a 5th-century church would have had such a crucifix (particularly a life-sized one like in the movie). Firstly, Christian artists were only beginning to portray Christ regularly in such a manner at that time, and when they did, he is not shown as suffering or dead as in later depictions (and the prop in the movie), but triumphantly alive and erect. (In fact, in some contemporary artworks - particularly Byzantine ones - he is even shown clothed with a sleeveless long robe known as a colobium.) Secondly, the Byzantines inherited early Christian distrust of monumental sculpture in religious art and so usually produced only reliefs: a crucifix featuring a fully-sculpted depiction of Christ crucified would have been quite odd. See more »

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Sarah: [Possessed] He
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Sarah: doesn't care about this whore. But you do... because you want to shove your rotten cock up her juicy ass!
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Exorcist: The Beginning (2004)
31 October 2005 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

It is a pity this movie is so underrated, but I think the main reason for that is the fact that people judge the movie before seeing it, so they won't watch it objectively. Another reason perhaps is the adventurous style of the film, but it is acceptable because father Merrin is younger than in the original film. The best actor to portray a young father Merrin is certainly the wonderful Stellan Skarsgård, what a stylish performance, this superb actor gives such a perfect image of how the main character would have been at the moment in his life when he lost his faith. The two other most important roles by Izabella Scorupco and James D'Arcy are excellent, the best supporting role is performed by Alan Ford. The madness and the confusion in the final battle between the Turkana and the Brithish are convincingly brought to screen. As for the crew members, I was very impressed by Trevor Rabin his soundtrack, the production design of Stefano Maria Ortolani and the magnificent cinematography by Vittorio Storaro. Conclusion: if you watch this film objectively than you will probably enjoy it. All though sometimes over the top, Renny Harlin has made a good prequel to the original one, with some very memorable scenes.


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