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Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)

R | | Horror | 17 June 1977 (USA)
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A teenage girl once possessed by a demon finds that it still lurks within her. Meanwhile, a priest investigates the death of the girl's exorcist.

Directors:

John Boorman, Rospo Pallenberg (uncredited)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Blair ... Regan MacNeil
Richard Burton ... Father Philip Lamont
Louise Fletcher ... Dr. Gene Tuskin
Max von Sydow ... Father Merrin
Kitty Winn ... Sharon Spencer
Paul Henreid ... The Cardinal
James Earl Jones ... Older Kokumo
Ned Beatty ... Edwards
Belinda Beatty ... Liz (as Belinha Beatty)
Rose Portillo Rose Portillo ... Spanish Girl
Barbara Cason ... Mrs. Phalor
Tiffany Kinney Tiffany Kinney ... Deaf Girl
Joey Green Joey Green ... Young Kokumo
Fiseha Dimetros Fiseha Dimetros ... Young Monk
Ken Renard ... Abbot
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Storyline

Dr. Gene Tuskin works with troubled children, perhaps none more troubled than Regan MacNeil, who suffers from bad dreams and repressed memories. The memories she represses are of the time she was possessed by a demon. Dr. Tuskin's invention, a device that hypnotizes two persons and links their minds together, reveals that the demon, named Pazuzu, still lurks within her. It is desperate to emerge again and wreak havoc. Meanwhile, Father Philip Lamont is ordered by his cardinal to investigate the death of Father Merrin, the priest who died while performing an exorcism on Regan. Father Lamont undertakes his task reluctantly. He feels unworthy of his assignment. He also feels that Evil is literally an entity and that this entity is winning the battle over Good. His investigation takes him to Africa where he locates another recipient of Merrin's exorcising and learns something fascinating and terrible about locusts. Written by J. Spurlin

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It's four years later...what does she remember? See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

John Boorman was laid low by a serious lung infection for a month, resulting in Rospo Pallenberg - who had never directed a film before - taking over as director for many key sequences. See more »

Goofs

At the start of the film, with the burning woman, she appears to have non-flammable hair. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[theatrical version]
Possessed Woman: Father! Agh! Agh! Oh, Father!
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Crazy Credits

Tap Dance Routine Choreographed by Daniel Joseph Giaghi See more »

Alternate Versions

The Japanese NTSC Laserdisc contains the recut 110-minute version of the film. See more »

Connections

Featured in Science Fiction Film Awards (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Lullaby of Broadway
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played on the saxophone while Regan is tap dancing
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26 August 1999 | by clark-24See all my reviews

I saw this film today, and, sorry, but it's great! As one of the few people who didn't see the original, I was able to view it without preconceptions.The imagery is stunning, those locusts? Wow! Linda Blair puts in a remarkable performance that makes me sad she isn't working any more, (ditto Louise Fletcher)and Richard Burton is good too.The fact that it isn't out and out horror is people's problem, I suspect.


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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | French | Spanish

Release Date:

17 June 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Exorcist 2: The Heretic See more »

Filming Locations:

Kayenta, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,735,000, 19 June 1977

Gross USA:

$30,749,142

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,749,142
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (VHS)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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