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The Exorcist ()


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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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  • Won 2 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 17 nominations.
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Chris MacNeil
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Father Merrin
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Lt. William Kinderman
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Sharon
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Burke Dennings
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Father Karras
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Regan
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Father Dyer (as Reverend William O'Malley S.J.)
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Dr. Klein
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Dr. Barringer - Clinic Director (as Pete Masterson)
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Karl
Gina Petrushka ...
Willi
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Dr. Taney
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Psychiatrist
Thomas Bermingham ...
Tom - President of University (as Reverend Thomas Bermingham S.J.)
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Karras' Mother
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Karras' Uncle
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Language Lab Director
Wallace Rooney ...
Bishop Michael
Ron Faber ...
Chuck - Assistant Director / Demonic Voice
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Mary Jo Perrin
Roy Cooper ...
Jesuit Dean
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Senator at Party
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Demon (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Bateson ...
Radiologist's Assistant (uncredited)
Elinore Blair ...
Nurse (uncredited)
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The Producer (uncredited)
Mary Boylan ...
First Mental Patient (uncredited)
Dick Callinan ...
Astronaut (uncredited)
Mason Curry ...
Doctor (uncredited) (voice)
Toni Darnay ...
Violent psychotic patient (uncredited)
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Pazuzu's Face (uncredited)
Joanne Dusseau ...
Senator's Wife (uncredited)
Bernard Eismann ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Beatrice Hunter ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Yvonne Jones ...
Bellevue Nurse (uncredited)
Don LaBonte ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Spiderwalk (uncredited)
John Nicola ...
Priest (uncredited)
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Subway Vagrant (uncredited)
Gerard F. Yates ...
Priest Singing Around Piano at Party (uncredited)

Directed by

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William Friedkin

Written by

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William Peter Blatty ... (written for the screen by)
 
William Peter Blatty ... (novel)

Produced by

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William Peter Blatty ... producer
Noel Marshall ... executive producer
David Salven ... associate producer

Cinematography by

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Owen Roizman ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Norman Gay
Evan A. Lottman ... (as Evan Lottman)

Editorial Department

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Michael Goldman ... assistant film editor (as Michal Goldman)
Terry Haggar ... color timer
Jordan Leondopoulos ... supervising field editor
Ross Levy ... assistant film editor: Iraq sequence
Craig McKay ... assistant film editor
Bob McMillian ... color consultant (as Robert M. McMillian)
Darrin Navarro ... assistant editor
Jonathan Pontell ... assistant film editor
Ray Sabo ... negative cutter
Bud S. Smith ... editor: Iraq sequence (as Bud Smith)

Casting By

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Louis DiGiaimo ... (as Louis DiGiamo)
Nessa Hyams
Juliet Taylor

Production Design by

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Bill Malley

Art Direction by

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John Robert Lloyd ... (uncredited)

Set Decoration by

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Jerry Wunderlich

Costume Design by

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Joseph Fretwell III ... (as Joe Fretwell)

Makeup Department

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William A. Farley ... hair stylist (as Bill Farley)
Dick Smith ... makeup artist

Production Management

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William Kaplan ... production manager: Iraq sequence

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Terence A. Donnelly ... first assistant director
Alan R. Green ... second assistant director (as Alan Green)

Art Department

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Charles Bailey ... assistant art director
Joseph M. Caracciolo ... property master (as Joe Caracciolo)
Edward Garzero ... master scenic artist (as Eddie Garzero)
Bill Gold ... poster designer (uncredited)
Robert Hart ... carpenter (uncredited)
Gene Lauritzen ... construction coordinator (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Randle Akerson ... dialogue editor / sound editor
Noah Blough ... sound editor
Andrew Bock ... assistant sound editor: 2000 rerelease
Steve Boeddeker ... sound designer: theatrical re-release
Fred J. Brown ... sound effects editor (as Fred Brown)
Richard Burton ... sound editor
Susan Demskey-Horiuchi ... first assistant sound editor
Matthew Dettmann ... foley artist (as Matt Dettmann)
Richard Duarte ... foley mixer
Jean-Louis Ducarme ... sound: Iraq sequence
C. Robert Fine ... special sound effects (as Bob Fine)
Dana LeBlanc Frankley ... adr assistant (2000 release) (as Dana LeBlanc)
Gonzalo Gavira ... special sound effects
Gary A. Hecker ... foley artist (as Gary Hecker)
David C. Hughes ... sound effects editor: re-release
Richard King ... supervising sound editor
Robert Knudson ... dubbing mixer (as Buzz Knudson)
Hal Landaker ... sound consultant
James Matheny ... sound editor
Michael Minkler ... re-recording mixer
Ron Nagle ... special sound effects
Christopher Newman ... sound (as Chris Newman)
Tim Nielsen ... sound effects editor: re-release
Mark Pappas ... foley editor / sound editor
Gary Rizzo ... re-recording mixer
Doc Siegel ... special sound effects
Donald Sylvester ... sound editor: 2000 rerelease
Ross Taylor ... sound effects editor
Robert Ulrich ... adr supervisor / supervising adr editor
Kerry Dean Williams ... adr editor (as Kerry Williams)
Linda Yeaney ... first assistant sound editor: 2000 rerelease
Sean England ... machine room operator: 2000 re-release (uncredited)
Kitty Malone ... foley artist (uncredited)
Sharron Miller ... sound editor (uncredited)
James Nelson ... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
Ken Nordine ... special sound effects (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Marcel Vercoutere ... special effects
Rick Baker ... special effects assistant (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Jennifer Law-Stump ... 2000 special edition digital effects artist: Pacific Title Digital
Marv Ystrom ... optical effects
Martin Hall ... paint/roto artist (uncredited)

Stunts

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Ann Miles ... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Waters ... stunts: Jason Miller (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Richard Quinlan ... gaffer (as Dick Quinlan)
Ed Quinn ... key grip (as Eddie Quinn)
Josh Weiner ... still photographer
Billy Williams ... director of photography: Iraq sequence
Gary Muller ... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Kelvin Pike ... camera operator: iraq sequence (uncredited)
Tom Priestley Jr. ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Robert Schoenhut ... camera operator (uncredited)
Tom Volpe ... grip (uncredited)
David Wynn-Jones ... focus puller (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Bill Beattie ... wardrobe: men's
Aldo Cipullo ... jewelry designer: Cartier, New York
Florence Foy ... wardrobe: ladies'

Music Department

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Robert Garrett ... music editor
Eugene Marks ... music editor (as Gene Marks)
Jack Nitzsche ... composer: additional music
London Symphony Orchestra ... music performed by (uncredited)
Ken Nordine ... vocal coach: Linda Blair (uncredited)

Other crew

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Thomas Bermingham ... technical advisor (as Reverend Thomas Bermingham S.J.)
Norman E. Chase ... technical advisor: Professor of Radiology, New York University Medical Center (as Norman E. Chase M.D.)
Anne Mooney ... production office coordinator
John Nicola ... technical advisor (as Reverend John Nicola S.J.)
William O'Malley ... technical advisor (as Reverend William O'Malley S.J.)
Dan Perri ... title designer
Nicholas Sgarro ... script supervisor (as Nick Sgarro)
Albert M. Shapiro ... administrative assistant (as Albert Shapiro)
Arthur I. Snyder ... technical advisor (as Arthur I. Snyder M.D.)
Herbert E. Walker ... technical advisor (as Herbert E. Walker M.D.)
Victor Argo ... voice (uncredited)
Michael Cristofer ... voice (uncredited)
Eileen Dietz ... double: Regan MacNeil (uncredited)
Liam Dunn ... voice (uncredited)
Philippa Harris ... voice (uncredited)
Joe Hyams ... studio publicity executive (uncredited)
Claudia Lennear ... voice (uncredited)
Kitty Malone ... voice (uncredited)
Howard Newman ... publicist (uncredited)
Maidie Norman ... voice (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines The movie you've been waiting for...without the wait. See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Exorcist: The Version You've Never Seen (United States)
  • William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist (United States)
  • The Exorcist: The Version You Haven't Seen Yet (United States)
  • Exorcist (Japan, English title)
  • L'exorciste (France)
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Runtime
  • 122 min
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Box Office

Budget $12,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $8,157,666, 24 Sep 2000
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $441,306,145

Did You Know?

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Trivia In an interview, Jason Miller stated that he had a major verbal confrontation with William Friedkin after the director fired a gun near his ear to get an authentic reaction from him. He told Friedkin that he is an actor, and that he didn't need a gun to act surprised or startled. See more »
Goofs William Peter Blatty closely modeled the exorcism scene on the actual rite of exorcism in the Church's "Rituale Romanum". Father Merrin can be seen opening a copy of the Rituale in the scene in question. However, the priests depart from the Rituale in two important details. First, there should have been four people (apart from Regan) in the room during the exorcism: the exorcist himself; an assistant priest to take over in case the exorcist died midway through; a member of the victim's family of the same sex as the victim, to help restrain her; and a doctor, to (among other things) administer any medication that was needed. Due to the "2 Priest rule", Fr Merrin should have delayed the second round of the exorcism and phoned the bishop to get a replacement for Fr Karras, instead of trying to tackle it on his own. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Bride of Monster Mania (2000). See more »
Soundtracks Kanon For Orchestra and Tape 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 »
Quotes Demon: What an excellent day for an exorcism.
Father Karras: You would like that?
Demon: Intensely.
Father Karras: But wouldn't that drive you out of Regan?
Demon: It would bring us together.
Father Karras: You and Regan?
Demon: You and us.
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