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The Rite (2011)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Horror, Mystery  |  28 January 2011 (USA)
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An American seminary student travels to Italy to take an exorcism course.

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Michael, the son of a funeral director grows indifferent to his father and joins a Seminary. On his way to the course completion, he is overwhelmed by a strong lack of faith. His religious beliefs are further jolted when he sees a young girl haplessly dying in a road accident for whom he reluctantly performs the ritual to absolve her sins. His mentor still believes in him and urges him to go to Italy to take an exorcism course hoping that he it would strengthen his faith in Christianity. In Italy he attends a session from Father Xavier who soon becomes aware of his skepticism. As a result he sends him to an eminent Jesuit exorcist, Father Lucas, whose ways though questionable are quite effective. He witnesses the exorcism of a sixteen year old girl but still seems unconvinced. Father Lucas explains to him that it takes multiple sessions over a long stretch of time to completely free a victim from the demon. Despite witnessing some supernatural occurrences during the aforesaid exorcism... Written by who knows

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Rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic material, violence, frightening images, and language including sexual references | See all certifications »

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$37,000,000 (estimated)

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$14,789,393 (USA) (28 January 2011)

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$33,037,754 (USA) (1 April 2011)
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Anthony Hopkins and Toby Jones have both played Alfred Hitchcock. Hopkins and Jones's father, Freddie Jones, also appeared together in The Elephant Man (1980). See more »

Goofs

When the girl is struggling with the demon in the hospital a sonogram of the fetus is shown several times, but there is no ultrasonograph present in the room. See more »

Quotes

Father Xavier: For example, paranoid schizophrenics are not aware that they're deluded.
Michael Kovak: Neither are the possessed while they're being possessed, are they?
Father Xavier: But people who are possessed have periods of lucidity. That's my point.
Michael Kovak: So do schizophrenics.
Father Xavier: One can't suddenly manifest abilities simply because one is deluded. The man on this tape is German. How does he spontaneously speak Russian?
Michael Kovak: How could a boy in a village in Africa found 400 miles from his home claim that he was abducted by aliens? It's just as ...
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What follows is inspired by true events. The opening credits evaporate. The T in Rite is shaped like a Christian cross. The t's in the end credits are the same. See more »

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Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.1 (2011) See more »

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Don't Miss Me
Written by Derek Trucks and Michael Mattison
Performed by The Derek Trucks Band
Courtesy of Victor Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
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Finally! An exorcism movie worth seeing.
29 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Last night, I realized that I must be an exorcism movie fanatic, because Anthony Hopkins and whoever that other guy was reignited something in me.

I have seen every mainstream exorcism flick in, at least, the last ten years (Exorcism of Emily Rose, The Last Exorcism, Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist, and all of the exorcists for that matter). With the exception of some of The Exorcist series, the rest have basically been crap. This movie brought the exorcism sub-genre(?) back from the brink of death.

The Rite is believable, adequately dark, and yet it doesn't try too terribly hard. Its a bit slow, and it is enriched by having at least lay knowledge of Catholic dogma or at least general spirituality. The viewers patience, however, is not in vain. This movie pays dividends! Best thing about this movie: Anthony Hopkins and Demons.

Worst thing about this movie: A little slow.

Biggest Surprise: Michael. By film's end, this character is fully developed.

Go see it. Its worth paying to see... twice.


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