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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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You can only defeat it when you believe. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

28 January 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El rito  »

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Box Office


$37,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$33,037,754 (USA) (1 April 2011)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The language Rutger Hauer speaks is Hungarian. It can be translated as: "My love, My flower, My bliss" See more »


At the end of the movie when Michael enters the confessional, the light turns on. Then, as he begins to hear confession, the shot pans out and the light is off. See more »


[first lines]
Man#1: Don't be afraid.
Man#2: Do you believe in sin?
Woman: [whispering] There's nothing to believe.
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Crazy Credits

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 »


Referenced in Visionado obligado: Ondskan (Evil) (2011) See more »


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Written by Antonio Vivaldi
Performed by Ensemble Elan featuring Maya Magub
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User Reviews

Since Exorcist, there's maybe one or two movies of this subject that have been good...half decent...and this is one of them.
31 January 2011 | by (Canada T.O.) – See all my reviews

Sometimes you read reviews, but want to see the film so bad, you go, and because your expectations are so low. You enjoy the movie. Reviews seems to be on the good side, with earlier reviews being very bad.

This is a good movie. The acting is good. The directing is good. Unfortunately some people are bothered by the lead in the movie. But that's his job. And he did his job well. He was picked for a good reason. I would only be guessing why. But those/the director/writer who created this movie did a good job. The feel of this film, the length. I had a good time.

I would give this film a decent 7 out of 10. It does not rely on gore to scare you, or major special effects, or 3D. No doubt Anthony Hopkins is great in this film.

I enjoyed it. You get what you paid for. Your not going to get The Exorcist. But in the HORROR film library, if you ask me, 80 - 85% of them all are garbage, or slasher, gore, which I do not consider a "Horror Movie."

Well done everyone involved. It will not win awards. But so far it's a decent film that I will remember as one of the good ones from 2011.

Lastly....anyone talking during the movie...were silenced.

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