8.0/10
314,641
1,118 user 266 critic

The Exorcist (1973)

Trailer
1:40 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

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

Director:

Writers:

(written for the screen by), (novel)
Popularity
519 ( 185)
Won 2 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Gravebit (TV Series 2015)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Stars: John Johnson, Jarod Kearney, Sara Eshleman
Comedy | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Meet Berd 'The Nerd' in a story of a man with no story to tell - until he falls asleep that is.

Director: Steve Ravic
Stars: Steven Haar, Tracey Birdsall, Maddie Crea
Croatoan Origins (Video 2015)
Short | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Director: John Johnson
Stars: Royce Hobson, Elissa Lauer, Brandy Mason
Rats and Cats (2007)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Actor Darren McWarren starred in soap, mini-series and film before destroying his career with a series of indiscretions. Now McWarren is out of the industry and living in a small town in ... See full summary »

Director: Tony Rogers
Stars: Jason Gann, Adam Zwar, Anya Beyersdorf
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.4/10 X  
Director: Steve Ravic
Stars: Henrik Bergqvist, Pontus Egbert, Christian Lundqvist
Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Mystery: Born to Rock is a story partly inspired by real life events. From the turbulent streets of the western suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, emerges a story of hope as four young boys ... See full summary »

Directors: Neil Johnson, Steve Ravic
Stars: Kaede Asakura, Luke Besley, Laura Bijou
Metal Warrior (2011)
Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

An off-beat street drama, drawing us inside the various socio/sub-cultures that make up the periphery of urban Australia. The film centers on Blaze, an aspiring musician, who grows up in ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Ravic
Stars: Steve Ravic, Mirko Jukic, Veronika Majnaric
Dying Breed (2008)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Dying Breed interweaves the two most fascinating icons of Tasmanian history: the extinct Tasmanian tiger and "The Pieman" (aka Alexander Pearce) who was hanged for cannibalism in 1824. ... See full summary »

Director: Jody Dwyer
Stars: Nathan Phillips, Leigh Whannell, Bille Brown
Short | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

William and Catherine want to know what happened to their friends at the camp site, while writer Beatrice learns that everything she once thought to be true of heaven and hell is a lie.

Director: John Johnson
Stars: Jay Barber, Amy Hart, Matthew Ewald
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

ROGUE WARRIOR: ROBOT FIGHTER is a Science Fiction film set in the distant future depicting the overthrow of humanity by artificial intelligence on Earth and other worlds.

Director: Neil Johnson
Stars: Tracey Birdsall, William Kircher, Daz Crawford
A Halloween Carol (Video 2014)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

Lloyd Kaufman's tromatic adaptation of a Dickens Holiday Classic, filmed in the state-of-the-art Youtube Space NY!

Directors: Lily Hayes Kaufman, Lloyd Kaufman
Stars: Andrew Asavathan, John Patrick Brennan, Richard Brevard
M Is for Malarkey (Video 2013)
Short | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  
Director: Steven Haar
Stars: Steven Haar
Edit

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.)
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Something beyond comprehension is happening to a girl on this street, in this house . . . a man has been sent for as a last resort. That man is The Exorcist. See more »

Genres:

Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| | | | | |

Release Date:

26 December 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

(1979 re-release)| (director's cut)| (director's cut)| (original release)| (director's cut)

Color:

(Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The Exorcist (1973) is the first horror film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. The four other films that would follow are Jaws (1975), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), The Sixth Sense (1999), and Get Out (2017). The Silence of the Lambs is, as of 2018, the only one to win the Academy Award. See more »

Goofs

The wire that yanks Chris (when possessed Regan smacks her to the ground) can be seen lifting the bottom of the curtain where her head lands. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Boy: [in Arabic] They've found something... small pieces.
See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Living Will... (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Ramblin' Man
(uncredited)
Written by Dickey Betts
Performed by The Allman Brothers Band
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Suspense , mystery , shocks and grisly horror is this classic terror film
3 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

This known story concerns about a mother (Ellen Burstyn) and her daughter (Linda Blair), the latter is possessed and two Fathers , Karras (Jason Miller) and Merrin (Max Von Sidow) attempt to free Regan MacNeil from possession by the devil . Meanwhile , a Police Inspector (Lee J. Cobb) is investigating the weird events . And the priests suffering incredible risks trying to unravel mystery of demon living inside Regan .

This is a fairly suspenseful and horrifying story, based on a supposedly true flick . The movie begins well and grows more and more until the scary and eerie finale . Top-notch picture, thanks to fine acting , tight pacing , well mounted edition and skillful special effects with magnificent make-up by Dick Smith . Creepy acting by Linda Blair , due to death threats against Linda Blair from religious zealots who believed the film "glorified Satan", Warner Bros had bodyguards protecting her for six months after the film's release . On the first day of filming the exorcism sequence, Linda Blair's delivery of her foul-mouthed dialogue so disturbed the gentlemanly Max Von Sydow that he actually forgot his lines . The script is awesome , the acting excellent and the direction by William Friedkin plenty of good pace and conviction . Enjoyable secondary cast such as Lee J Cobb , Kitty Winn and Jack McGowran who died at the time finished the movie and added a legend about Exorcist's curse . Dark cinematography in sinister and mysterious atmosphere by Owen Roitzman and frightening musical score adding Mike Oldfield's soundtrack ¨Tubular bells¨ . The tale is rated ¨R¨ for graphic violence and profanity but contains gore and guts . Reiussed in 2000 by means of a special edition by director with ten minutes approximately additional footage with new amazing scenes as Regan downing stairs .

Followed by two sequels and numerous imitations , in 1977 ¨the Heretic¨ by John Borman with Richard Burton , deemed awful and in 1990 titled ¨The Exorcist III¨ by William Peter Blatty with George C Scott, Brad Dourif , Ed Flanders and Nicol Williamson . Furthermore, spawned two prequels starred by a young Father Merrin , Stellan Skarsgard , and set in Africa , both of them directed by Paul Schrader and Renny Harlin .


16 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 1,118 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial