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The Exorcist III (1990)

A police lieutenant uncovers more than he bargained for as his investigation of a series of murders, which have all the hallmarks of the deceased Gemini serial killer, leads him to question the patients of a psychiatric ward.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Kinderman
... Father Dyer
... The Gemini Killer
... Patient X
... Father Morning
... Dr. Temple
... Nurse Allerton
... Stedman (as George Dicenzo)
... Ryan
... University President
... Sergeant Atkins
... Mrs. Clelia
... Nurse X
... Dr. Freedman
... Nurse Keating
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Storyline

Lt. Kinderman and Father Dyer cheer each other up on the anniversary of the death of their mutual friend, Father Damien Karras, by going to see "It's a Wonderful Life" at the local theater in Georgetown, near Washington D.C. But there's no cheering Kinderman while a particularly cruel and gruesome serial killer is at large. His murders, which involve torture, decapitation and the desecration of religious icons, is bad enough; but they also resemble those of the Gemini Killer, who has been dead for fifteen years. Written by J. Spurlin

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Do you dare walk these steps again? See more »

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Drama | Horror | Mystery

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17 August 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Exorcist III: Legion  »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$26,098,824

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,925,427
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

William Peter Blatty had hoped to recover the deleted footage from the Morgan Creek vaults, so that he might re-assemble the original cut of the film, which he said was "rather different" from what was released. Unfortunately for Blatty, and for the fans, who had been clamoring for such a release, the footage was never found. On June 28, 2007, Blatty's wife sent the following comment to a fan site: "My husband tells me that it is Morgan Creek's claim that they have lost all the footage, including an alternate opening scene in which Kinderman views the body of Karras in the morgue, right after his fall down the steps. What a shame." See more »

Goofs

Kinderman clearly punches Patient X in the nose with his right hand (Patient X's left nostril begins to bleed, and his head rocks back to the right); yet later, Nurse Allerton bandages Kinderman's left hand (over the course of a protracted dialogue scene). See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Clelia: My radio. Aren't you going to fix it? Nothing ever gets fixed round here. Just a whole bunch of pies and anchovies. Go away. I don't ever talk to strangers.
Kinderman: I'm the radio repairman, Mrs. Clelia.
Mrs. Clelia: Well then, fix it.
Kinderman: What's wrong with it?
Mrs. Clelia: Dead people talking. It's right here. Do you see it?
Kinderman: Yes. I see it.
Mrs. Clelia: I just knew you weren't really a radio repairman. That's a telephone I'm holding.
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Come Falda di Neve Fro
Written by Orlande De Lassus
Provided by KaleidoSound.James & Aster, Inc.
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8 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

Funny how unorthodox arrangement and scenarios incite unspeakably talented film-making. I can't think of another movie which has an author adapting his own novel into a screenplay AND directing a movie. The exorcist III is by far the best horror/thriller of all time and I don't see it being topped at anytime. It is so much better than the first, the sole reason why they decided to add footage to the original containing elements from the third installment. IF the original exorcist WERE better than the exorcist III, why would they edit the original using the very same elements used in the Third? I can't explain that, but some believe it. I believe many have not seen the Exorcist III, and even after watching it they simply do not understand it to be frightened by it. The exorcist III combines true character development with crime drama, horror, and suspense, utterly perfect movie making. Jtown


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