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The Fear of God: 25 Years of 'The Exorcist' (1998)

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The Exorcist (1973) became a cultural phenomenon upon its release. This making-of documentary tells the story of its creation and describes how audiences reacted to it. Interviews with cast and crew are shown.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Kermode ...
Himself - Presenter
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Herself - 'Chris MacNeil'
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Himself - 'Fr. Dyer' (as Fr. William O'Malley)
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Himself - Director
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Himself - 'Fr. Merrin'
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Herself - 'Regan MacNeil'
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Himself - Author & Producer
Thomas Bermingham ...
Himself - Technical Advisor (as Fr. Thomas Bermingham)
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Himself - 'Damien Karras'
Terence A. Donnelly ...
Himself - Assistant Director (as Terence Donnelly)
Bill Malley ...
Himself - Production Designer
Joe Hyams ...
Himself - Publicist
Marcel Vercoutere ...
Himself - Special Effects
Owen Roizman ...
Himself - Director of Photography
Dick Smith ...
Himself - Make-Up Artist
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A behind-the-scenes retrospective made for the twenty-fifth anniversary of the classic horror film, The Exorcist. Includes interviews with Linda Blair and the other stars of the film, along with commentary from the director and writer on some of the deeper meanings behind the elements they used to terrify their audiences. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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(at around 38 mins) Director William Friedkin is talking about creating fake breath. For a few frames, a puff of breath appears above the fingers of his right hand. See more »

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Mark Kermode: Twenty-five years ago, an extraordinary movie changed the face of modern cinema. I was eleven years old when "The Exorcist" opened in America on Boxing Day, 1973. And I can remember like yesterday the amazing reaction it caused. You couldn't open a newspaper or turn on the television without coming across some account of audiences queuing all night 'round the block just to see the film, only to dash out of the theaters, some of them straight into the nearest church.
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One of the best documentaries ever!!!!
25 May 2001 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

The Exorcist is one of my all time favourite films, and after seeing this documentary on the excellent 25th Anniversary Edition Dvd from Warner, I`d have to say that this is perhaps the best documentary I`ve ever seen about a movie. I strongly recommend everybody who own a Dvdplayer to pick up this disc, and never mind the horrible new version called: The version you`ve never seen. I saw it in the theater and I was tempted to leave. It`s awful, and Blatty has ruined the film. On this documentary you can see writer Blatty and director Friedkin disagree about the movie. I have also read Blatty`s book, and I have to say that Friedkins film is much better in any way. Shame on you Blatty for forcing them to make this silly new version after all these years. Friedkin was right, and his version of The Exorcist is much better than your book. Anyway, see this excellent documentary of one of the best movies ever made.


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