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  (in credits order)

Anthony Hopkins ... Father Lucas Trevant

Colin O'Donoghue ... Michael Kovak

Alice Braga ... Angeline

Ciarán Hinds ... Father Xavier

Rutger Hauer ... Istvan Kovak

Toby Jones ... Father Matthew

Marta Gastini ... Rosaria

Maria Grazia Cucinotta ... Aunt Andria
Arianna Veronesi ... Francesca
Andrea Calligari ... Vincenzo

Chris Marquette ... Eddie

Torrey DeVitto ... Nina

Ben Cheetham ... Young Michael

Marija Karan ... Sandra
Rosa Pianeta ... Woman in Exorcism Video
Giampiero Ingrassia ... Doctor
Rosario Tedesco ... Police Officer
Cecilia Dazzi ... Nurse
Attila Bardóczy ... Xavier's Secretary
Nadia Kibout ... Ethnic Nun
Anita Pititto ... Vatican Nun
Sandor Baranyai ... Concierge (as Sándor Baranyai)
Fabiola Balestriere ... Young Girl
Anikó Vincze ... Katalin Kovak
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Adriano Aragon ... Italian Doctor (voice)

Peter Arpesella ... Doctor / Additional Voices (uncredited)
Jasper Jacob ... Priest (uncredited)

Don Kress ... Pedestrian (uncredited)

Nico Toffoli ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Mikael Håfström 
Writing credits
Michael Petroni (written by)

Matt Baglio (book) (suggestion)

Produced by
Christopher Almerico .... associate producer
Robert Bernacchi .... executive producer
Merideth Finn .... executive producer
Christy Fletcher .... co-producer
Beau Flynn .... producer
Mark Tuohy .... co-producer
Gian Paolo Varani .... line producer: Italy
Tripp Vinson .... producer
Original Music by
Alex Heffes 
Cinematography by
Ben Davis 
Film Editing by
David Rosenbloom 
Casting by
Deborah Aquila 
Tricia Wood 
Production Design by
Andrew Laws 
Art Direction by
Lóránt Jávor 
Stuart Kearns (supervising art director)
Set Decoration by
Peter Walpole 
Costume Design by
Carlo Poggioli 
Makeup Department
Katalin Jakots .... key makeup artist
Kristyan Mallett .... special makeup effects artist: Anthony Hopkins
Sharon Martin .... additional makeup artist
Gabriella Németh .... hairdresser
Iván Pohárnok .... prosthetic makeup supervisor
Trefor Proud .... makeup department head
Tracey Wells .... key hair stylist
Tracey Wells .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Gaia Aversa .... assistant production manager
Gianluca Barra .... assistant production manager: second unit
Robert Bernacchi .... unit production manager
Francesca Cingolani .... production manager: second unit
Vito Colazzo .... production manager: Italy
Robin Melville .... unit manager: Italy
Charlene Olson .... post-production supervisor
Maria Ungor .... production manager
Christina Varotsis .... production supervisor: Chicago
Elena Zokas .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Franco Basaglia .... first assistant director: second unit Italy
Barbara Bevacqua .... third assistant director: Italy
Senica Billingsley .... assistant director: second unit
Senica Billingsley .... second assistant director
Filippo Fassetta .... first assistant director: Italy
Camilla Fava del Piano .... trainee assistant director: Italy
Anna Piroska Geréb .... assistant director: runner, second unit
Robert Grayson .... first assistant director (additional photography)
John Greaves .... second unit director
Sean Guest .... first assistant director
Alessandro Guida .... assistant director
James Andrew Haven .... second assistant director
Jessica Hurles-Laws .... first assistant director: second unit
Gianluca Mangiasciutti .... assistant director
Linda Marián .... third assistant director: Hungary
Bogi Móricz .... second assistant director: Hungary
Luca Padrini .... second assistant director: Italy
Roxana Szarisz .... second third assistant director
Bruce Terris .... first assistant director: Chicago
Zsolt Tolmer .... assistant director
Art Department
Paul V. Allen Sr. .... leadman (as Paul Allen)
Andrea Balogh .... assistant set decorator
Zsuzsanna Borvendég .... stand-by art director
Alex Boswell .... chargehand propman: additional photography
Federico Ciommo .... property master: Italy
Leonardo Cruciano .... propmaker
Laszlo Demeter .... set designer
Laszlo Demeter .... stand-by art director: reshoots
Gergely Dömölki .... supervising propmaker
Sandro Erdolini .... stand-by painter
Dave Fisher .... property master
Dean Fisher .... stand-by props
Luciano Formigoni .... assistant property master
John Greaves .... storyboard
Zoltán Horváth .... set decorator: Hungary
Gergely Kajdi .... greensman
Slemer Karolina .... art department coordinator
Attila Kiss .... standby propman
József Kiss .... supervising construction manager
Tamás Kiss .... standby props
Zoltán Kiss .... sculptor
Alexandra Miklos .... graphic artist
Csaba Mitku .... props
Adam Polgar .... production buyer
Mátyás Szakonyi .... greensman
Marton Szalay .... property master: Hungary
László Szirmai .... assistant art director
László Szirmai .... senior draftsman
Glauco Trasselli .... assistant property master
Glauco Trasselli .... stand-by props assistant
Vilmos Törköly .... propmaker
Mimi Violette .... set construction apprentice
István Váradi .... swing gang
József Ócsai .... swing gang
Sound Department
Mike Chock .... sound effects editor
Mark Coffey .... first assistant sound editor
Jenna Dalla Riva .... foley recordist
Ezra Dweck .... sound editor
Laura Graham .... adr editor
R.J. Kizer .... supervising adr editor
Rick Kline .... sound re-recording mixer
Goro Koyama .... foley artist
Tamas Kurina .... adr engineer
Andy Malcolm .... foley artist
Mark A. Mangini .... supervising sound editor
György Mihályi .... utility sound
Michael Miller .... adr mixer
Piero Mura .... sound effects editor
Ryan Murphy .... sound mix technician
Philip Rogers .... adr recordist
Mac Ruth .... production sound mixer
Andy Stallabrass .... adr recordist
Pál Szûrös .... boom operator
Hugh Waddell .... dialogue editor (as Hugh Wadell)
Christopher T. Welch .... adr editor
Don White .... foley recording mixer
Dave Whitehead .... sound designer
Peter Gleaves .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Bence Arik .... special effects technician
Gergely Csóri .... daily sfx technician
Massimo Di Palma .... special effects technician
Attila Erczkovi .... special effects technician
Franco Galiano .... special effects supervisor: Italy
Gabor Kiszelly .... special effects supervisor
Tibor Skornyak .... special effects technician
Dieter Sturm .... special effects snowmaker
Yvonne Sturm .... special effects snowmaker
Fabio Ungher .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Aurelia Abate .... visual effects producer: Method Studios
Jeff Allen .... supervisor: Method Studios
Chad Buehler .... compositor: Method Studios
Charles Bunnag .... digital colorist
Lersak Bunupuradah .... cg modeler: Method Studios
Steward Burris .... animation supervisor: Method Studios
Kris Cabrera .... cg artist: Method Studios
Huey Carroll .... compositor: Method Studios
Stephen Ceci .... visual effects coordinator
Jae Chang .... visual effects producer
Patrick Clancey .... digital opticals
Caitlin Content .... visual effects: Prologue Films
Kyle Cooper .... visual effects: Prologue Films
Chris Cortese .... rotoscoper: method studios
Stuart Cripps .... compositor: method studios
Nicolas Darques .... compositor: method studios
Ian Dawson .... visual effects supervisor: Prologue
Greg Derochie .... compositor: method studios
Michael Dillon .... digital intermediate assistant producer
Olivier Dumont .... visual effects supervisor: Method Studios
Sam Edwards .... flame artist
Eyetronics .... 3D Scanning
Patricio Fernandez .... rotoscoper: Method Studios
Zoltán Fiedler .... matchmove artist: Digital Apes
Juan Flores .... digital colorist assistant: Efilm
Michael Sean Foley .... cg supervisor
Fortunato Frattasio .... visual effects artist: Digiscope
Todd Gill .... visual effects artist: Spy
Kerry Graham .... matchmover: method studios
Brian Hajek .... visual effects: Prologue Films
Joe Henke .... visual effects supervisor: CIS Hollywood
Norris Houk .... matchmover: method studios
Shinya Ishii .... modeler and texture artist: Method Studios
Michael Janov .... visual effects supervisor
Bora Jurisic .... visual effects artist
Dan Knight .... compositor
Marc Kolbe .... visual effects producer
Marc Kolbe .... visual effects supervisor
Thilo Kuther .... visual effects executive producer: Pixomondo
Tim LeDoux .... compositing lead: Pixomondo
Richard S. Lee .... digital matte painter
Seong Joon Lee .... cg artist: Method Studios (as Joon Lee)
Jack Lilburn .... vfx coordinator: method studios
Justin Lloyd .... cg artist: method studios
Mark Alan Loso .... set vfx supervisor: FotoKem Budapest
Julia MacMullen .... assistant visual effects editor
Michael Maker .... tracking supervisor: method studios
Björn Mayer .... visual effects supervisor: Pixomondo
Emmi Nakagawa .... texture artist
Masa Narita .... cg modeler: Method Studios
Julia Neighly .... visual effects producer: CIS Hollywood (as Julia Gaudette)
James P. Noon .... tracking
Eddie Offermann .... software developer
Eddie Offermann .... visual effects color
Tobbe Olsson .... visual effects artist
Brennan Prevatt .... digital effects artist
Olivier Pron .... lead matte painter: method studios
Nordin Rahhali .... sequence supervisor: method studios
Lance Ranzer .... digital artist
Juan-Luis Sanchez .... cg supervisor: method studios
Florian Schroeder .... digital compositor: Pixomondo
Steven J. Scott .... supervising digital colorist
Rasha Shalaby .... texture painter
Prateep Siamwalla .... tracking
Jennifer Silver .... visual effects producer: Pixomondo
Bongkee Sohn .... rigging
Doug Spilatro .... visual effects artist
Tim Stern .... digital compositor: Pixomondo
Stephanie Sweeney .... lead rotoscoper: method studios (as Stephanie Ide)
Emerick Tackett .... matchmove artist: Pixomondo
Gavyn Thompson .... cg artist
Ash Thorp .... visual effects: Prologue Films
Matthew Trivan .... visual effects artist
Scott G. Trosclair .... compositing artist: Spy
Max Ulaner .... production assistant: Method Studios
Nancey S. Wallis .... senior digital compositor: Method Studios
Stephen Wilson .... visual effects artist
Gordon T. Wittmann .... visual effects producer: Spy
Xye .... tracking
Kwang Jib Kim .... visual effects producer: Digitrove.Inc (uncredited)
Dong Su Kwak .... lead modeler: Digitrove, Inc (uncredited)
Ryan Urban .... compositor: Method Studios (uncredited)
Christian Vogt .... executive producer: Pixomondo (uncredited)
Charles Croughwell .... stunt coordinator
Erika Cziráky .... stunt double
Kinga Gavalda .... stunt double
Diego Guerra .... stunt driver: Italy
László Imre .... stunt double: Anthony Hopkins
Sándor Imre .... stunts
Rick Le Fevour .... stunt coordinator: Chicago
Riccardo Mioni .... stunt driver: Italy
Stefano Maria Mioni .... stunt coordinator: Italy
Domonkos Pardanyi .... assistant stunt coordinator
Domonkos Pardanyi .... stunt coordinator: Hungary
Rich Wilkie .... stunt double: Chicago
Camera and Electrical Department
László Angyal .... rigging best boy
Gábor Balda .... rigging
Csaba Bankhardt .... dolly grip
Roberto Barbona .... dolly grip
Attila Barczay .... video assistant
Mickey Bergstrom .... video assist: Rome
Attila Bilik .... rigging gaffer
Flip Bleekrode .... flight head technician
Attila Bogyai .... rigging electrician
Jeremy Braben .... aerial director of photography
Patrick Bramucci .... gaffer
Zoltán Bók .... rigging electrician
Zsolt Büti .... gaffer
Fausto Cancellieri .... grip: Italy
Fabio Capozzi .... electrician: Italy
Jason Catania .... gaffer: Chicago
Giancarlo Checchi .... electrician
Roberto Di Pietro .... key grip: Italy
Zoltán Dzsupin .... central loader
László Egyedi .... grip
Egon Endrényi .... still photographer
Demeter Ernö .... location rigger
Péter Faludi .... camera trainee
Daniele Farina .... video assist cableman
Dániel Farkas .... video assistant
Peter Field .... camera operator: additional photography
Paolo Frasson .... key grip
Ingo Gardner .... balloon light technician
Nándor Gulyás .... assistant camera: second unit
Posztos György .... studio key rigger
Attila Hevesi .... rigging electrician
György Horváth .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Róbert Jász .... grip
Adam Kalacsi .... studio rigger
Ádám Kliegl .... first assistant a camera: second unit
Michael Lubomski .... grip: Chicago
Fabio Lucheroni .... electrician
Péter Meiszner .... camera trainee: second unit
György Mohácsi .... best boy grip
'Kis Gromek' László Molnár .... rig electrician
Julian Morson .... camera operator
Julian Morson .... steadicam operator
Donát Oláh .... second unit: video assist operator
András Pozsár .... grip
Clive Prior .... first assistant camera (as Clive Pryor)
Sam Renton .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
György Réder .... camera operator
Tiziano Saraca .... central loader: second unit, Italy
Imre Sisa .... key grip
David Smith .... gaffer
József Szucsik .... gaffer: Hungary - second unit
Dean Thompson .... first assistant camera: additional photograghy
Carsten Thoms .... balloon light technician
Paolo Tiberti .... key grip: reshoots
Marco Vignoni .... video assist: second unit, Rome
Mark N. Woods .... technocrane operator
Tim Wooster .... director of photography: second unit
Animation Department
Anthony Rizzo .... character animator
Aaron Schultz .... animator
Casting Department
Michela Forbicioni .... casting (IT )
Barone Francesca .... casting assistant
Tamás Kertész .... extras casting
Caitlin McKenna-Wilkinson .... adr voice casting
Toby Spigel .... casting assistant: uk
Gail Stevens .... UK casting
Lisa Zagoria .... casting associate
Jonathan Kinnas .... extras casting: Chicago (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brigitta Barkó .... key costumer
Ibolya Bárdosi .... costumer
Elena Del Guerra .... costume assistant
Serena Fiumi .... costume supervisor
Anna Kulcsár .... tailor/cutter
Péter Palotás .... dresser
Anina Pinter .... assistant costume designer
Zsuzsa Stenger .... costume supervisor
Traxler Tamas .... key costumer
Maurizio Vitiello .... assistant costume designer
Rebecca Higginson .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Matt Absher .... first assistant editor
Sándor Balla .... assistant editor
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Janó Fekete .... colorist: dailies
Erika Köcsky .... digital dailies supervisor
Curtis Lindersmith .... digital intermediate editor
Amy Joy Rivkin .... post-production assistant
Music Department
Jeff Atmajian .... orchestrator
Monica Ciafardini .... music clearances
Mark Graham .... head of music preparation
Tina Guo .... cello
Tom Hardisty .... score recordist
Ayana Haviv .... singer: ensemble
Joel Iwataki .... music scoring mixer
Andrew Kinney .... orchestrator
Peter Myles .... music editor
Victor Pesavento .... music preparation
Drea Pressley .... score vocalist
Jasper Randall .... choir conductor
Jasper Randall .... choir contractor
Peter Rotter .... orchestra contractor
Mark Edward Smith .... score vocalist
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
Roger Suen .... assistant to composer
Benjamin Wallfisch .... additional arrangements
Transportation Department
István Bognár .... transportation captain
Gabriella Di Santo .... transportation manager: Italy
George Fohn .... driver: cast
László Kiss .... transport coordinator
John Lux Jr. .... driver
Colin McDaid .... facilities manager
Zoltán Szalay .... picture vehicle coordinator
Robert Wallace .... driver
Other crew
Akemi Abe .... end titles
Camrin Agin .... production attorney
Csaba Bagossy .... production assistant
Eleonora Baldwin .... script supervisor: Italy, second unit
Matteo Bardelli .... set production assistant: italy
Michael Beaudin .... first assistant accountant
Sallie Beechinor .... production coordinator
Csaba Benedek .... head of security
Mona Bernal .... production coordinator: italy
Agi Blasko .... production secretary
Rebecca Booth .... assistant to the director: Italian unit
Gianni Carpentieri .... production accountant: Italy service
Nando Cartocci .... production assistant
Alberto Caviglia .... production assistant: second unit, Italy
Yuriy Chernin .... Production Assistant: Chicago
Claire Connelly .... production coordinator: Chicago
Eva Cseplo .... production assistant
János Cserven .... location manager
Péter Danó .... second assistant accountant
Fernanda Dorogi .... location coordinator
Daniele Fabrizi .... set production assistant: second unit Italy
P.J. Fishwick .... assistant production coordinator: Chicago
Jennifer Anne Franklin .... assistant to mr. hopkins
Aversa Gaia .... production assistant
Gianluca Gamberini .... key set production assistant: Rome
Marco Giacalone .... supervising location manager
Iolanda Greci .... set production assistant: Italy
Mihály Gál .... assistant production coordinator
Elizabeth Himelstein .... dialect coach: adr
Zoltan Horkai .... head animal trainer
Amy Horkay .... production coordinator
Andrea Iacobelli .... production assistant: second unit Italy
Peter Ivanyi .... animal department manager
Stephanie Jeter .... office production assistant: Chicago
Lídia Jung .... script supervisor: Hungary - second unit
András Kopházi .... security coordinator
András Korcsmáros .... dialogue coach: Hungary
Balint Kovacs .... assistant location manager
Ross L. Kulma .... set medic
Carlo La Melia .... extras payroll
Enrico Latella .... location manager: Rome
Tamás Maros .... location manager
Karin Mercurio .... production accountant: italy
Daniela Merlo .... dialogue coach: italian and latin
Zsolt Molnar .... location assistant
Susanna Musotto .... adr voice
Stefan Nikolov .... assistant location manager
Andrew Norman .... assistant to director
Zsofi Oblath .... assistant to production managers
János Papp .... health & safety advisor
Dorothy Precious .... production accountant
Janos Prihoda .... immigration coordinator
Tamás Péter .... production assistant
Michael Roccuzzo .... post-production accountant
Alessandro Ruggeri .... production coordinator assistant: Italy
Federico Santangelo .... location manager
Dora Simko .... script supervisor
Massimiliano Sisti .... assistant accountant
Katalin Skuts .... assistant to director
Richard Szabó .... unit manager
Enikö Szakács .... cashier
Istvan Szori .... stand-in: Sir Anthony Hopkins
Erika Tamás .... first assistant accountant
Sophie Treacher .... production coordinator: additional photography
Kinga Trimmel .... payroll accountant
Kolos Trimmel .... production accountant
Marcsi Tóth .... assistant production coordinator: additional photography
Dale Wyatt .... dialogue coach
Gábor Xantus .... medical coordinator
Beth Dewey .... main title producer (uncredited)

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Rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic material, violence, frightening images, and language including sexual references
114 min
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The image used to describe the demon Baal is usually that of a man, a cat, a toad, or a combination of all of them. Lucas house is infested with cats, as well as toads in the fountain.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Rosaria dies, the policeman in uniform has the gun hooked to his belt with the stock on the wrong side.See more »
Father Lucas Trevant:Be careful Michael, choosing not to believe in the devil doesn't protect you from him.See more »
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9 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Compelling Drama of the Invisible World, 26 May 2011
Author: marysjoys from United States

Review of "The Rite" DVD Rated PG-13 114 minutes By Leticia Velasquez Catholic Media Review

Michael Kovak (Colin O'Donoghue) has always been "a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief." (Isaiah 53:3) The only son of a Chicago funeral director, Itsvan Kovak (Rutger Haer) Michael lived literally down the hall from death his entire life. Unlike most young men who never experience death close hand, Michael is steeped in it, preparing bodies for burial with his father. As a young boy, Michael is coaxed by his father into helping prepare the corpse of his mother, by gently blowing on the red fingernail polish his father applies as he lovingly prepared her body, while whispering endearments into her ear. The image is forever seared into his memory, tainting his adulthood with a lack of faith and a sense of detachment.

When time came to make a decision about his profession in life, Michael knew well that his options were limited, as he told a friend, "in my family; you either become an undertaker or a priest". Michael chose the priesthood, not out of sense of mission, but as a way out of his bleak existence and a means to pay for college. After he is ordained as a deacon, Michael's guilt over deceiving his superior about his intentions impels him to write Fr Matthew (Toby Jones) about his decision to leave the seminary. He admits he has no faith and feels he has no vocation to the priesthood.

But fate intervenes before Fr Matthew can act. The two men are involved in a car accident where a young woman is fatally wounded and Fr Matthew looks on stunned silence as Michael blesses the victim reluctantly yet tenderly as she dies. He is impressed by this and convinces Michael to delay leaving the seminary until after he has taken a two month course in Rome. A course in exorcism; "you're an undertaker, so you're not squeamish" he adds with a gleam in his eye.

Not at all squeamish, Michael plays the role of devil's advocate in his exorcism class in Rome, challenging his instructor over whether the possessed are suffering from psychosis, and is nonplussed over a sudden power outage when the demon Baal is mentioned. In order to help Michael overcome his doubts about the existence of Satan, his professor, Fr Xavier (Ciaran Hinds) sends him to observe veteran exorcist Fr Lucas Trevant (Anthony Hopkins). Michael is joined in his doubts by Italian journalist Angeline (Alice Braga) who wants him to share his experiences at Fr Lucas side for the purposes of an article. These two young cynics are about to engage in a life and death struggle which will evoke deep- seated fears and upend their world view

An eccentric Welshman, Fr Lucas lives a lonely existence in an obscure corner of Rome, occupying an ancient villa whose courtyard is overrun by cats. Fr Lucas takes Michael's cynicism in stride, and advises Michael not to engage in conversation with the demon who possesses the pregnant teen who has come with her sister for her regular exorcism session. Michael is so captivated by her predicament that he finds himself drawn into a life and death struggle with the devil whose very existence he denies.

Although the movie trailer plays like a high-tech adaptation of "The Exorcist", to which exorcism films will inevitably be compared, there is more spiritual and emotional depth to director Mikael Hafstrom's work than Blatty's. "The Rite" more closely resembles the cinematic subtlety and theological accuracy of "The Exorcism of Emily Rose", according to Fr. Gary Thomas, the priest from the book on which the film is based. Michael is a sympathetic character and the film's dramatic exposition of the tragic origins of his faith crisis help the audience sympathize with him as he confronts demons both within and without his tortured soul. Even eccentric Father Lucas, played compellingly by Hopkins is more vivid than the ghostly older priest in "The Exorcist", yet the pairing of priests to defeat Satan is a familiar theme. Fr Lucas even makes a sarcastic reference to "The Exorcist" telling Michael, "You'll see no spinning heads and pea soup here!" What will enliven Catholic viewers is the authenticity of the phenomena of the exorcisms and the splendor of the priesthood when contrasted against the darkness of pure evil. Special effects enhance but do not overpower this compelling thriller and magnificent architecture of Rome augments the timelessness of the story.

For the many fans of the book by AP journalist Matt Baglio, on which the film is loosely based, screenwriter Michael Petroni has respected the basic story while raising the emotional stakes to great dramatic effect when combined with excellent cinematography and the masterful presence of Anthony Hopkins. Priests who watched the film in the theater with me had a positive reaction but pointed the following theological errors; as a deacon, Michael could not give absolution as he appears to do in the case of the dying woman, and that an inexperienced priest with emotional wounds and of questionable faith would never be chosen to become an exorcist. Too many weaknesses for Satan to exploit, they explained. The manifestations of possession (vomiting nails and frogs, unearthly voices, superhuman strength and knowledge of inner weaknesses) are absolutely accurate, according to Fr Gary Thomas, the real priest from Baglio's book, who had a less dramatic change of heart about the existence of Satan. When I asked him in an interview whether he believed that the devil was a being he responded, "I believed when I met him".

For older teens and up for frightening and macabre scenes, appropriate but vivid sexual innuendo (verbal references to incest and rape) and foul language. This film is best seen with parental supervision.

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