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The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Horror, Thriller  |  9 September 2005 (USA)
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A lawyer takes on a negligent homicide case involving a priest who performed an exorcism on a young girl.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Archer ...
Guy in Bar
Arlene Belcastro ...
Praying Woman #2
David Berner ...
Karl's Crony #1


When a younger girl called Emily Rose dies, everyone puts blame on the exorcism which was performed on her by Father Moore prior to her death. The priest is arrested on suspicion of murder. The trail begins with lawyer Erin Bruner representing Moore, but it is not going to be easy, as no one wants to believe what Father Moore says is true. Written by FilmFanUk

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What happened to Emily?


Drama | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material, including intense/frightening sequences and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 September 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Exorcism of Anneliese Michel  »

Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$30,054,300 (USA) (9 September 2005)


$3,055,982 (Brazil) (30 December 2005)

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Based on the true story of Anneliese Michel, a young German woman who suffered a similar fate to the fictional Emily Rose in the 1970s, and "The Exorcism of Anneliese Michel", an account of the subsequent court case by expert witness Felicitas D. Goodman, an anthropologist called in as an expert on possession. Michel's parents and the two priests who performed her exorcism were prosecuted, though the prosecution asked that the parents be excused from punishment as they had "suffered enough". Ultimately, the accused were found guilty of manslaughter resulting from negligence, and the two clergymen were sentenced to six months in jail (which was later suspended) and three years of probation. The most significant differences are that Michel periodically fasted for several months as part of her exorcism and remained on medication until her death, while the fictional Rose was incapable of eating due to demonic forces and decided herself to stop taking her medication with the consent of her care-providers. The story was heavily adapted for cinematic purposes. See more »


When Erin Bruner is awakened at 3 am by the exorcism tape playing, she goes to push stop. But when the tape player is actually seen, the reels are not turning, therefore when she presses the stop button, the reels remain unchanged. See more »


[Emily is in the church, standing before a gold crucifix sitting on a table in the middle of two lit candles. She stretches out one arm and starts bending backwards from her waist]
Jason: Oh, my God. Emily?
[Emily's head turns to face him. Her eyes are red]
Emily Rose: [possesed] DON'T TOUCH ME!
[She suddenly falls to the ground and stars to cry. Her eyes return to normal. Jason starts backing away]
Emily Rose: Jason, please... don't leave me!
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Opening statement: This film is based on a true story. See more »


Spoofed in This Is the End (2013) See more »


Prelude, Op. 3, No. 2 in C Sharp Minor
Written by Sergei Rachmaninoff
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User Reviews

Excellent on so many levels; a lesson in mainstream film-making
26 September 2005 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

Wonderful, wonderful movie. A lesson in film-making. I know a lot of people won't be able to see it for what it is because of the supernatural/horror elements (which are usually a turn-off for film snobs), but the movie is just extremely well-made.

Consider the fact that Linney's character's true conflict is not winning the trial, but a satisfyingly complex internal struggle which I will not name so as not to spoil the movie. Or the plethora of food for thought that the movie offers, regarding existentialist issues of perception vs. objective truth, and social issues of liability and responsibility.

Some very interesting scenes that find ways to express things in subtle and creative ways without spelling them out. And an incredible and ballsy performance by Jennifer Carpenter, which takes Linda Blair's possession to a whole new level. Also, notice how a key dramatic monologue is presented, contrary to what we might expect, with no sentimental music in the background. The cinematography is also great. I was reminded of Dario Argento's vivid colors in Suspiria on more than one occasion.

Although it's not the focus of the film, the movie also offers a few very cool scare moments, and seeing Emily possessed is terrifying.

This is my favorite "underdog" movie of the year so far.

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