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The Possession of Joel Delaney (1972)

A woman begins to suspect that her brother is possessed by a voodoo spirit.

Director:

Waris Hussein

Writers:

Matt Robinson (screenplay), Irene Kamp (screenplay) (as Grimes Grice) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shirley MacLaine ... Norah Benson
Perry King ... Joel Delaney
David Elliott ... Peter Benson
Lisa Kohane Lisa Kohane ... Carrie Benson
Lovelady Powell Lovelady Powell ... Erika
Barbara Trentham ... Sherry
Miriam Colon ... Veronica
Edmundo Rivera Álvarez Edmundo Rivera Álvarez ... Don Pedro (as Edmundo Rivera Alvarez)
Teodorina Bello Teodorina Bello ... Mrs. Perez
Robert Burr Robert Burr ... Ted Benson
Ernesto Gonzalez Ernesto Gonzalez ... Young Man at Seance
Peter Turgeon ... Detective Brady
William Hawley William Hawley
Aukie Herger Aukie Herger ... Mr. Perez
Earle Hyman ... Charles (as Earl Hyman)
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Storyline

Norah Benson, an affluent socialite living in the upper east side of New York, seems to be living the perfect life as a divorced mother of two. After her mothers suicide, she becomes a mother figure in the close relationship she has with her younger brother Joel Delany. However, Joel begins to a act very unusually: he tries to attack a man, has to be restrained to a mental asylum, and begins to loose his usual free-spirited kindness in exchange for a turbulent personality. After witnessing the acts of her brother and finally breaking down the shield of her affluence and naivety, Norah seeks the help of a spiritismo who will attempt to exorcise the spirit of a murderer they believe to be possessing Joel. But before they can attempt to help her, Norah's brother quickly turns on her, threatening her own life and the lives of her children.

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If you believe, no explanation is necessary. If you don't believe, no explanation is possible.

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Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Obsessão de Joel Delaney See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,300,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Shirley MacLaine turned down the lead female role in The Exorcist (1973) in order to make this film. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to edit shots of Carrie being threatened with a knife and forced to eat dog food from a bowl. The cuts were fully restored in the 2007 Sound & Media DVD release. See more »

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Featured in Cinemacabre TV Trailers (1993) See more »

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All In All, A Great Possession Classic
6 April 2006 | by altonnordSee all my reviews

I first watched this movie when I was just a teen and was riveted to the TV screen. I was amazed at the performance of the characters and the intensity of the plot. If it was to be redone today there would be no doubt superb special effects to make it seem realistic. Shirley MacLaine is quite the actress no matter what part she is playing on the big screen and even now I have high respect for her ability to perform. I like the children's roles as well they probably have never acted in their life or had little parts in commercial's or extras on other movies. I have not been able to find this movie available at video stores that deal in older movies. I live in Canada and would like to see if I can buy this movie due to the fact that I am somewhat possessed in wanting to own it.


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