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The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)

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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?


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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)


$75,072,454 (USA) (4 November 2005)

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2.35 : 1
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The bar was actually on the first floor. The crew painted the city skyline. 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: Are you a Catholic?
Erin Bruner: No. I'm an agnostic, I guess. I'm not really sure.
Father Moore: If you're not sure, then you are one.
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Crazy Credits

Opening statement: This film is based on a true story. See more »


Referenced in Supernatural Activity (2012) 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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