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The Exorcist (1973)

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When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Chris MacNeil
... Father Merrin
... Lt. William Kinderman
... Sharon
... Burke Dennings
... Father Karras
... Regan
... Father Dyer (as Reverend William O'Malley S.J.)
... Dr. Klein
... Dr. Barringer - Clinic Director (as Pete Masterson)
... Karl
Gina Petrushka ... Willi
... Dr. Taney
... Psychiatrist
Thomas Bermingham ... Tom - President of University (as Reverend Thomas Bermingham S.J.)
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Storyline

A visiting actress in Washington, D.C., notices dramatic and dangerous changes in the behavior and physical make-up of her 12-year-old daughter. Meanwhile, a young priest at nearby Georgetown University begins to doubt his faith while dealing with his mother's terminal sickness. And, book-ending the story, a frail, elderly priest recognizes the necessity for a show-down with an old demonic enemy. Written by Andrew Harmon <aharmon@erols.com>

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The Devil Inside See more »

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Rated R for strong language and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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26 December 1973 (USA)  »

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The Exorcist: The Version You Haven't Seen Yet  »

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Trivia

William Peter Blatty based his novel on a supposedly genuine exorcism from 1949, which was partially performed in both Cottage City, Maryland, and Saint Louis Missouri. Several area newspapers reported on a speech a minister gave to an amateur parapsychology society, in which he claimed to have exorcised a demon from a 13-year-old boy named Robbie, and that the ordeal lasted a little more than six weeks. Robbie was born June 1, 1935, resided at 3807 40th Avenue in Cottage City, MD, and was a member of St. James Parish. He entered the seventh grade at Bladensburg Junior High in the fall of 1947, and was removed in the middle of his eighth grade year on January 15, 1949. He had experiences that ended on April 19, 1949. He re-enrolled in the eighth grade at Bladensburg Junior High for the 1949-50 school year, then spent from the fall of 1950 until June 1954 at Gonzaga High School in Washington, DC. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the exorcism, Regan's blanket is yellow. Towards the end, when Father Karras is checking her heart, the blanket is blue. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Boy: [in Arabic] They've found something... small pieces.
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Crazy Credits

There are no opening credits after the title. Although it is commonplace now, it was unheard of in 1973. See more »

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Referenced in Bad Biology (2008) See more »

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Tubular Bells
Written by Mike Oldfield
Courtesy of Virgin Records
[Heard during opening and closing]
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THE EXORCIST---A PERFECT FILM
6 December 1998 | by See all my reviews

Many people complain that this movie's too slow but those are the kind of folks who only like 80-minute splatter films with characters so dumb and one-sided, you pray for the bad guy to kill them. This monster of a drama is both beautiful and bold. It has CHARACTERS and not simply LAMEBRAINS lined up for slaughter. It has class and purpose. It takes the audience into the darkest recesses of humankind and then brings them back through a message of hope and self-sacrifice. The movie is NOT anti-religion, it's anti-evil. Anyone who likes smart, clever, meaningful horror-drama should see this film at least twice. It is surprisingly touching and amazingly powerful.

That said, the cast deserves a hand for their wonderful performances. Ellen Burstyn perfectly conveys the tension of a mother of the cusp of tragedy; Max von Sydow is hauntingly perfect as the story's ray of light; Jason Miller embodies the sadness of a defeated man; and Linda Blair is far above average even at her young age.

Once again, see this movie. You won't forget it.


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