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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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A strong story concentrating on Merrin. Rich characterisation and a more subtle story than the Harlin action adventure. See more (131 total) »


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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 .... sound 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 .... sound 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?

Billy Crawford was called for an audition when a casting staff saw the cover of his album "Ride" where he was portrayed in demonic fashion, wearing a hood with eyes resembling the demon.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:
References The Searchers (1956)See more »
Satan's MarchSee more »


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35 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
A strong story concentrating on Merrin. Rich characterisation and a more subtle story than the Harlin action adventure., 4 September 2005
Author: Richard Brunton from Edinburgh, Scotland

Having seen the second made but first to release Exorcist - The Beginning, the Renny Harlin version of the movie, I was very keen to see the original movie which the Studio saw and then scrapped, the Paul Schrader version.

This I managed to do during the Edinburgh Film Festival 2005, and actually with paid tickets I managed to even get to hear a Q&A with the Director, which in itself was extremely interesting. For now though, let's look at the movie.

It's really hard to watch this and not do any comparisons with the Harlin remake, and with so many similar scenes, the same actors and a very similar story I found it almost impossible not to. In doing so you realise how weak and one dimensional Harlin's version is, the and depth of character and their development just adds so many layers to each of the characters, giving them a much more human feel and making you connect with them rather than just watch them as you did with the Harlin movie.

Subtlety, dialogue and development are the keys here, things which were drastically missing from the Harlin version, and instantly you see the differences. The opening scene with Father Merrin and the Nazi's is the first strong example of the difference in style and Schrader handles this wonderfully. The single scene builds the Nazi character much thicker with some uncertainty of the Priest, whereas the Harlin is shown as a stock Nazi character. You also understand the root of the crisis in faith that Merrin has come to, and through this single scene it hits you just as hard as it did he.

It's this that I felt was the strongest part of the movie throughout, the characters richness and depth, and the fact that you could see them as real individuals and connect with some part of them. Merrin in particular is the real focus of the movie, and the analysis of his crisis, his faith and who he really is.

The following of the second, younger Priest in Father Francis, played well by Gabriel Mann, mirrors for Merrin the faith and hunger that he had as a young Priest, and watching his own slight crisis in faith provides an interesting viewpoint for the audience. Not only to understand what Merrin went through, but to watch Merrin witness this himself.

Stellan Skarsgård plays the character superbly as well. There's so much more restraint in the performance with inward pain and anger, he's superb to watch and really does make you feel as though he carries a tortured soul. The slow climb out of the crisis to the fight back against the Demon is played slowly and with a lot of passion. It's the moment when Merrin relives the Nazi slaughter and his second choice that shows us who he really is as a person, not just as a Priest. Comparing the two performances of Skarsgård together is, as Schrader said, an example of a masterclass in acting. In fact the whole two movies are a film students dream.

Another excellent character was Major Granville, very well played by Julian Wadham. He was far stronger, richer and deeper than the Harlin version, and his scenes were a lot more believable and striking than the Harlin version which had him going mad over his butterfly collection. Here he really plays a man getting out of his depth and letting events overtake him, and he has a superb scene in the village which provides with a strong connection to Merrins past.

A couple of things that stuck out in the movie but were then understandable during Schraders Q&A, were in the CGI and the famous flash of the Demon face. The face flash, which was so subtly done in the original Exorcist movies, was hugely prominent and did not hold with the subtlety in the rest of the movie. Some of the CGI was also poorly done, and during a sweeping camera shot across the front of the buried chapel the CGI rocks moved together as they tried to hold with the camera shot, the first appearance of the hyenas was also poor, showing as pure CGI and not looking in the least bit real.

The script for this movie is very good, and in stark contrast to the Harlin version. This has less blood, more story and characterisation, and much more concentration on the personal battle between Merrin and the Demon. It provides a much more intelligent and subtle story building characters and the plot to a much more satisfying climax.

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