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The Possessed (1977)

Unrated | | Horror | TV Movie 1 May 1977
A former priest, now an exorcist, battles the Satanic forces that are threatening the students at a girls school.

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Jerry Thorpe
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Farentino ... Kevin Leahy
Claudette Nevins ... Ellen Sumner
Eugene Roche ... Sgt. Taplinger
Harrison Ford ... Paul Winjam
Ann Dusenberry ... Weezie Sumner
Diana Scarwid ... Lane
Joan Hackett ... Louise Gelson
Dinah Manoff ... Celia
Carol Jones ... Alex
P.J. Soles ... Marty
Ethelinn Block Ethelinn Block ... Barry
Susan Walden ... Student
Lawrence Bame Lawrence Bame
James R. Parkes James R. Parkes
Catherine Cunneff Catherine Cunneff
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A former priest, now an exorcist, battles the Satanic forces that are threatening the students at a girls school.

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Horror

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Possessed See more »

Filming Locations:

Portland, Oregon, USA See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Released just prior to Star Wars, which made Harrison Ford a star. See more »

Quotes

Kevin Leahy: Weezie, everyone... breaks rules. We all can find something to blame ourselves for, we all carry some guilt in our hearts. Some dark secret, whether it be an illicit love afair or whatever. But that guilt is not evil.
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Sadly Just an Exorcist Wanna-Be
21 October 2018 | by ryan-10075See all my reviews

James Farentino plays boozy Father Kevin Leahy. He dies during a car crash, but is given his life back to fight evil. All of this is shown before the credits even roll. Farentino is quite good in this somewhat intense role and carries the film. At the Helen Page All-Girls School unexplained fires start happening, so Leahy is brought in to investigate.

I think the biggest problem I had with this 1977 TV Movie originally shown on NBC was what it wanted to be. It obviously was inspired by William Friedkin's THE EXORCIST, but half the time it just plays itself out like a cheap knock-off. Also becomes dialogue heavy and by the end of the movie the possession angle is pretty hokey. Which is too bad, because I did enjoy Farentino's performance.

Also starring Diana Scarwid, Dinah Manoff, P.J. Soles (as students at the all-girls school) and a pre-STAR WARS Harrison Ford who plays a nutty, creepy teacher Paul Winjam. Was very interesting seeing an early film role for Ford, but at the same time it wasn't exactly a very memorable role.


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