The Exorcist ()

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When a 12-year-old girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her.

  • Won 2 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 17 nominations.
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Chris MacNeil
Father Lankester Merrin
Lt. William Kinderman
Burke Dennings
Father Damien Karras
Regan MacNeil
Father Dyer (as Reverend William O'Malley S.J.)
Dr. Klein
Dr. Barringer - Clinic Director (as Pete Masterson)
Gina Petrushka ...
Dr. Taney
Thomas Bermingham ...
Tom - President of University (as Reverend Thomas Bermingham S.J.)
Karras' Mother
Karras' Uncle
Language Lab Director
Bishop Michael
Ron Faber ...
Chuck - Assistant Director / Demonic Voice
Mary Jo Perrin
Jesuit Dean
Senator at Party
Demon (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Bateson ...
Radiologist's Assistant (uncredited)
Elinore Blair ...
Nurse (uncredited)
The Producer (uncredited)
Mary Boylan ...
First Mental Patient (uncredited)
Dick Callinan ...
Astronaut (uncredited)
Mason Curry ...
Doctor (uncredited) (voice)
Toni Darnay ...
Violent psychotic patient (uncredited)
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)
Barton Lane ...
Angiography Doctor (uncredited)
Ann Miles ...
Spiderwalk (uncredited)
John Nicola ...
Priest (uncredited)
Subway Vagrant (uncredited)
Gerard F. Yates ...
Priest Singing Around Piano at Party (uncredited)

Directed by

William Friedkin

Written by

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

Produced by

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

Cinematography by

Owen Roizman ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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

Editorial Department

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: theatrical re-release
Jonathan Pontell ... assistant film editor
Ray Sabo ... negative cutter: special edition
Bud S. Smith ... editor: Iraq sequence (as Bud Smith)

Casting By

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

Production Design by

Bill Malley

Art Direction by

John Robert Lloyd ... (uncredited)

Set Decoration by

Jerry Wunderlich

Costume Design by

Joseph Fretwell III ... (as Joe Fretwell)

Makeup Department

William A. Farley ... hair stylist (as Bill Farley)
Dick Smith ... makeup artist
Robert Laden ... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)

Production Management

William Kaplan ... production manager: Iraq sequence

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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

Art Department

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

Randle Akerson ... dialogue editor / sound editor
Noah Blough ... sound editor
Andrew Bock ... assistant sound editor
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)
Gonzalo Gavira ... special sound effects
Gary A. Hecker ... foley artist (as Gary Hecker)
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)
Randy Nite ... sound editor
Mark Pappas ... foley editor / sound editor
Doc Siegel ... special sound effects
Ross Taylor ... sound effects editor
Robert Ulrich ... adr supervisor / supervising adr editor
Kerry Dean Williams ... adr editor (as Kerry Williams)
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

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

Visual Effects by

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


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

Camera and Electrical Department

Richard Quinlan ... gaffer (as Dick Quinlan)
Ed Quinn ... key grip (as Eddie Quinn)
Josh Weiner ... still photographer
Billy Williams ... director of photography: Iraq sequence
James Halligan ... grip (uncredited)
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

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

Music Department

Robert Garrett ... music editor: 2000 re-release
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)
Lalo Schifrin ... composer: unused music (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

Nicholas Sgarro ... script supervisor (as Nick Sgarro)

Additional Crew

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
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)
Kadrolsha Ona Carole ... researcher (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)
Crew verified as complete

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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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Additional Details

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 - version intégrale (France)
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  • 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?

Trivia The scene where Regan projectile vomits at Father Karras only required one take. The vomit was intended to hit Jason Miller in the chest, but the plastic tubing misfired, hitting him in the face. His reaction of shock and disgust while wiping away the vomit is genuine, and Miller admitted in an interview that he was very angered by this mistake. 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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