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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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Shipped to theaters under the code name "Denial". See more »

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When Rosaria dies, the policeman in uniform has the gun hooked to his belt with the stock on the wrong side. See more »

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Eddie: Wait, wait, wait, wait. Seminary school, really? Wait, is this your way of telling me you're gay?
[Michael looks angrily at Eddie]
Eddie: I'm just joking. Okay? Joke.
Michael Kovak: You don't get it. In my family, you're either a mortician or a priest. That's it.
Eddie: Well, then change your name!
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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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Entertaining, Well-Acted/Photographed
14 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here's a modern-day "exorcist movie" that is "without the head-turning and pea soup," as Father Lucas Trevant" (Anthony Hopkins) puts it early in the movie.

Without the gross stuff - although there are some scary and not-so-pleasant sights and scenes - it makes for a more intelligent look at the subject matter.

Hopkins, no surprise, is excellent in his role at the veteran cleric who has been through many exorcisms. His antagonist, so to speak, is a young seminary student who extremely skeptical. (In fact, in real life, a guy with that little belief in God would never be in a seminary.). Anyway, Colin O'Donoghue is good, too, in that role as "Michael Kovak." Set mostly in Florence, Italy, the photography is nice and the story flows smoothly, building in intensity as it goes.

It was very entertaining and is recommended.


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