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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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2.35 : 1
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Madeline Zima was considered for the role of Emily Rose. See more »


The prosecutor is only partially correct in that humans have two sets of vocal cords (they are properly known as vocal "folds"). He calls them "duel sets," consisting of the "superior vocal cords" and the "primary ones." They are correctly known colloquially as "true vocal folds" and "false vocal folds." The FVF are called "false" because they are made up of membrane, whereas the true folds have a deep layer of muscle tissue and can be controlled. The FVF can be recruited by powerful airflow and/or by disciplined muscular movements by the muscles surrounding them. However, they cannot be "activated" in the sense that a muscle can, and would not produce a different "voice." At most, some harmonic overtones or vibratory interference (such as that heard in Tibetan chanting) might be heard. The prosecutor uses the term "dual voices" as if it means two separate actual voices, as if "voice" was being produced by two distinct sets of vocal folds, which is not possible in humans. The writers confused it with some individuals' ability to produce two different fundamental frequencies by vibrating each of the true vocal folds at different rates, but the act of forming words is not determined at the vocal fold level, but by resonances created by the positions of the articulators in the vocal tract. See more »


Father Moore: Once you've looked into the darkness, I think you carry it with you for the rest of your life.
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Opening statement: This film is based on a true story. See more »


References The Exorcist (1973) See more »


Prelude, Op. 3, No. 2 in C Sharp Minor
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User Reviews

Wonderful ... What's Not to Like?
9 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just saw this movie today and thought it was wonderful.

The acting was excellent, from one end to the other. The scenes, the flashbacks, the drama, the horror, the faith vs doubt theme ... all were entwined in a back-and-forth web that maintained constant focus on the strongest feature of all: the Story itself.

And what a Story! I won't give it away except to say that the plots and subplots and intrigue and characterizations were all woven together to spin a simply riveting, terrifying, provocative, endearing, challenging Story.

I really liked the multiple depictions of What Happens and How the Characters React. You see Something Happen; and then feel Fear; and then watch the Face of the Character on hand experience Fear; and then perhaps the order is slightly changed: you see the Face of the Character experience Fear as the Character gazes in terror over the viewer's shoulder. Then you see What the Character is looking at. And experience Fear.

I also really liked the legal conflict ... and the way the Story honored both sides. There's no doubt, ever, where our sympathies lie: with the Laura Linney character. Yet, the prosecutor is not at all a "straw man." He is give a great opening, and is effective and believable throughout. This enhanced greatly the Doubt vs Faith conflict that reinforced the Story throughout.

And through all this, the Priest's insistence that the Story should be told, is what really drove the action above all. This gave a feeling of authenticity to the Story that both made it appealing, and frightening.

A wonderful, wonderful, movie ... !

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