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Release Date:
20 May 2005 (USA) See more »
Years before Father Lancaster Merrin helped save Regan MacNeil's soul, he first encounters the demon Pazuzu in East Africa. Merrin's initial battle with Pazuzu leads to the rediscovery of his faith. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Stellan Skarsgård ... Father Lankester Merrin

Gabriel Mann ... Father Francis

Clara Bellar ... Rachel Lesno
Billy Crawford ... Cheche

Ralph Brown ... Sergeant Major
Israel Oyelumade ... Jomo (as Israel Aduramo)
Andrew French ... Chuma

Antonie Kamerling ... Kessel

Julian Wadham ... Major Granville
Eddie Osei ... Emekwi
Ilario Bisi-Pedro ... Sebituana
Niall Refoy ... Corporal (Thief)
Lorenzo Camporese ... Private (Thief)
Burt Caesar ... Dr. Lamu
Marcello Santoni ... Dutch Farmer

Griet van Damme ... Teenage Dutch Girl
Simon McLinden ... Corporal
Pet Chege ... Sebituana's Wife

Hamadi Mwapachu ... Convulsive Worker
Evelyn Duah ... Mara

Rick Warden ... Corporal Williams
Michele Mariotti ... German Sergeant
Ben Meyjes ... Soldier #2

Oliver Maltman ... Soldier #3
Omari Carter ... James
Adrian Black ... Joseph
Nick Komornicki ... Gun-Firing Soldier

Directed by
Paul Schrader 
Writing credits
William Wisher Jr. (written by) (as William Wisher) and
Caleb Carr (written by)

Produced by
Guy McElwaine .... executive producer
Wayne Morris .... co-producer
David C. Robinson .... executive producer
James G. Robinson .... producer
Art Schaefer .... co-producer (as Art Schaeffer)
Original Music by
Angelo Badalamenti 
Dog Fashion Disco 
Trevor Rabin 
Cinematography by
Vittorio Storaro 
Film Editing by
Tim Silano 
William Yeh (uncredited)
Casting by
Pam Dixon 
Production Design by
John Graysmark 
Art Direction by
Andy Nicholson 
Stefano Maria Ortolani (supervising art director) (as Stefano Ortolani)
Marco Trentini (art direction)
Set Decoration by
Elli Griff 
Costume Design by
Luke Reichle 
Makeup Department
Hayat Ouled Dahhou .... hair stylist (as Hayat Ouleddahhou)
Barbara De Leonardis .... assistant hair stylist
Elisabetta De Leonardis .... hair stylist
Giancarlo De Leonardis .... hair designer
Jake Garber .... prosthetics supervisor
Raffaella Iorio .... makeup artist
Christopher Allen Nelson .... makeup effects artist
Greg Nicotero .... special makeup effects designer
Scott Patton .... makeup designer
Alessandra Sampaolo .... key makeup artist
Fabrizio Sforza .... head makeup artist
Scott Stoddard .... makeup effects artist
Production Management
Khadija Alami .... production manager
Zakaria Alaoui .... production supervisor
Wayne Morris .... unit production manager
Tim Silano .... post-production supervisor
Stefano Spadoni .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tarik Ait Ben Ali .... third assistant director
Aaron Barsky .... first assistant director
Filippo Fassetta .... second assistant director: Italy
Emma Horton .... second assistant director
Catherine Olaya Salazar .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Cristina Cecili .... painter
Lisa Chugg .... assistant set decorator
Jason Edward .... lead technical artist
Mark Fruin .... assistant property master
Tony Graysmark .... construction manager: Morocco
Paul Herndon .... storyboard artist
Glauco Isidori .... painter
Sandra Jelmini .... art department coordinator
Stuart Kearns .... assistant art director
Michael King .... production buyer
Bernadino Nardoni .... construction manager: Italy
David Packard .... scenic artist
Alessandra Querzola .... set decorator: Italy
Rachid Quiat .... assistant art director
Domenico Reordino .... scenic
Saverio Sammali .... assistant art director
Arthur Wicks .... property master
Sound Department
Joe Barnett .... re-recording mixer
Susan Cahill .... assistant sound editor
Andrea Eliseyan .... recordist
Cormac Funge .... sound effects editor
Nerses Gezalyan .... foley mixer
Paul Longstaffe .... dialogue editor
Michael C. Moore .... sound mixer
James Moriana .... foley artist
Brian Seagrave .... audio conform
Mathew Waters .... re-recording mixer
Mathew Waters .... supervising sound editor
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist
Special Effects by
Danilo Bollettini .... special effects supervisor
Massimo Cardajoli .... special effects senior technician (as Massimo Cardaiolo)
Greg Nicotero .... special makeup effects designer
Franco Simeone .... special effects senior technician
Visual Effects by
David Beedon .... digital effects artist: Morgan Creek
Beverly Bernacki .... digital artist
Simone Bonanni .... digital compositor
Massimo Cipollina .... visual effects
Adriano Cirulli .... visual effects coordinator
Primo De Santis .... digital effects artist
Emanuele Di Bacco .... assistant compositor
Lucio Farina .... visual effects
John F. Gross .... visual effects supervisor: Eden FX (as John Gross)
Giulia Infurna .... digital compositor
Koji Kuramura .... digital artist: Eden FX
Fabio Leporelli .... character shading lead
Fabio Luongo .... digital compositor
Tom Mahoney .... visual effects supervisor
Michael D. Most .... on-set visual effects supervisor (as Michael Most)
Stephen W. Pugh .... visual effects producer: Eden FX
Corrado Rizzo .... visual effects
Gian Luca Rizzo .... visual effects producer
Eddie Robison .... digital artist: Eden FX
Matt Scharf .... visual effects producer
Salvo Severino .... visual effects
Nicola Sganga .... visual effects
Giuseppe Squillaci .... pre-visualization: Proxima
Fabrizio Storaro .... visual effects producer
John Teska .... digital artist: Eden FX
Fabio Zaveti .... digital compositor: Proxima
Paolo Zeccara .... visual effects supervisor
David Ambrosi .... stunt coordinator
Massimiliano Bianchi .... stunt actor: blacksmith
Camera and Electrical Department
Sergio Ambrosi .... first grip
Alfredo Betrò .... camera operator: "a" camera (as Alfredo Betró)
Fabio Cafolla .... rigging gaffer
Filippo Cafolla .... gaffer
Alessandro Chiodo .... assistant camera
Alessandro Chiodo .... camera loader: "b" camera
Piernicola Di Muro .... camera loader: "a" camera
Marco Diamanti .... key grip
Marco Gentili .... focus puller: "b" camera
Roberto Gentili .... focus puller: "a" camera
Marco Martelli .... assistant camera
Valentin Monge .... Steadicam operator
Valentin Monge .... camera operator: "b" camera
Willy Murgolo .... lightboard operator
Sergio Strizzi .... still photographer
Casting Department
Carolyn McLeod .... additional casting: UK
Rebecca Rian .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tim Aslam .... assistant costume supervisor
Alma Barbieri .... head cutter
Stefania Corsetti .... key wardrobe (as Stefania Angela Corsetti)
Annalisa Schmid .... costume coordinator
Giovanni Scotti .... wardrobe master
Marco Scotti .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Andrew Drapkin .... color timer
Andrew Drapkin .... colorist
Jayme Wing .... on-line editor
Herbert Dwight Raymond IV .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Youssef Abagourram .... location manager
Mohamed Benhmamane .... location manager
Music Department
Dog Fashion Disco .... composer: additional music
Thomas S. Drescher .... music editor (as Thomas Drescher)
Drew Lamond .... assistant score engineer
Chase Lapp .... composer: additional music
Philip Mann .... music programmer
Philip Mann .... orchestrator
Mike McAree .... music engineer
Mike Oliver .... composer: additional music
Jeff Siegel .... composer: additional music
Todd Smith .... composer: additional music
Jasan Stepp .... composer: additional music
Steve Wright .... music engineer
Transportation Department
Edmondo Amati .... transportation coordinator: Italy
Gerry Gore .... transportation coordinator: Morocco
Dave Williams .... wardrobe truck driver
Other crew
Paul Cadiou .... accountant
Gianfranco De Rosa .... unit production supervisor
Andy Fraser .... production executive
Ira Goldklang .... business and legal affairs
Nick Komornicki .... armorer (as Nick Kormornicki)
Khadja Koulla .... production coordinator
Marc Manser .... assistant: Mr. Schrader
Giusy Mercuri .... third accountant
Mario Mercuri .... accountant
Mario Mercuri .... accountant
Sanaz Missaghian .... travel coordinator
Leslie Stevens .... production coordinator (as Leslie S. Stevens)
Francesco Tatò .... production assistant
Kathryn Waters .... script supervisor

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Dominion" - USA (short title)
"Paul Schrader's Exorcist: The Original Prequel" - USA (complete title)
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Rated R for strong violence and disturbing images
117 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.00 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:18+ (TV rating) | Germany:16 | Ireland:18 | Netherlands:16 | Singapore:NC-16 | Spain:18 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #41536)

Did You Know?

Paul Schrader was originally hired as director of Exorcist: The Beginning (2004), but Morgan Creek ultimately rejected his "psychological thriller" approach, saying it was "commercially unmarketable". The decision was made to extensively rewrite and re-shoot the script, re-cast several roles, add new characters and give the director's chair to Renny Harlin. Schrader's version was originally supposed to be released direct to video, as a bonus feature on the DVD release of Harlin's version. However, in the wake of Exorcist: The Beginning (2004)'s box office failure, Morgan Creek abandoned this idea, allowing Schrader to present his version at several film festivals, as well as giving it a small scale theatrical release in several countries under a new title (Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist). Schrader's version also received support from William Peter Blatty, who said to The Houston Chronicle that Schrader's version is "a handsome, classy, elegant piece of work."See more »
Factual errors: The Waffen-SS officer at the beginning of the movie has no rank or SS Rune collar tabs on his tunic, and he's wearing a Private's greatcoat with privates shoulder straps.See more »
[first lines]
Kessel:I am Obersturmfuhrer Ralph Kessel from the S.S., and this is one of my men. We found him in a ditch with a kitchen knife in his back, murdered by one of you. You see the German army retreating, and it makes you feel hope. It should not. So, who is responsible for this?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Rite (2011)See more »
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How does the movie end?
Why is this called the "Prequel to the Exorcist"? I thought "Exorcist: The Beginning" was.
How many years prior to "The Exorcist" does this movie take place?
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55 out of 79 people found the following review useful.
Solid. Unexpected, effective film., 27 May 2005
Author: stevenw-1 from San Francisco, CA.

Exorcist: The Beginning was an ineffective film that contains everything I hate about current genre films: impatient editing and storytelling, lines of dialogue that stop just when some characters are about to actually say something, bombardment of CGI visuals and some seriously unnecessary gore effects that are akin to the movie-makers hitting the audience over the head with a Warner Brothers iron anvil normally reserved for their cartoon characters. What a nice surprise it was to finally see DOMINION on it's (unfortunate) limited run. Here is a movie that doesn't assume the audience is too stupid to actually sit down and take a story in without excessive music video stimuli. Here is a movie who's build-up is effective and will have many working hard to shake the uneasy feeling that, indeed, evil IS everywhere. There were some story elements from "The Beginning" that made no sense whatsoever. In this film - all is presented clearly, thoughtfully and much more unsettling (but it really hits you when the film comes to its climax). There is a scene in "The Beginning" where some crazed hyenas savage a character to shreds. Their appearance was curious and not presented as necessarily crucial to the film other than for one scene. In this film, just one look from them and you know right away they add to the whole atmosphere of the film. They are an ever present danger not only to the surrounding location but the always present evil watching humanity just out of sight and ready to attack when one is most vulnerable and alone. Another sequence featuring Father Merrin and Nazi soldiers is given a very clever, diabolic twist and adds MUCH to the notion of how the Devil deceives and tricks. In the other film, it's a scene where you know only that "this is what torments Father Merrin" - and that's it. Which is how this movie plays against Renny Harlin's "The Beginning" - an easy sell to the masses (it STILL didn't work). "Dominion" is a crafted piece where one single shot holds more story information than a 30 second sequence rife with vulgar, over-the-top digital effects. See this version - especially if believe that The Exocist story is actually more effective today than it EVER was.

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