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The Rite (2011)

PG-13 | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 28 January 2011 (USA)
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American seminary student Michael Kovak (Colin O'Donaghue) travels to Italy to take an exorcism course.

Director:

Mikael Håfström

Writers:

Michael Petroni, Matt Baglio (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Hopkins ... Father Lucas Trevant
Colin O'Donoghue ... Michael Kovak
Alice Braga ... Angeline
Ciarán Hinds ... Father Xavier
Toby Jones ... Father Matthew
Rutger Hauer ... Istvan Kovak
Marta Gastini ... Rosaria
Maria Grazia Cucinotta ... Aunt Andria
Arianna Veronesi ... Francesca
Andrea Calligari Andrea Calligari ... Vincenzo
Chris Marquette ... Eddie
Torrey DeVitto ... Nina
Ben Cheetham ... Young Michael
Marija Karan ... Sandra
Rosa Pianeta Rosa Pianeta ... Woman in Exorcism Video
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Storyline

Michael Kovak (Colin O'Donaghue), the son of a funeral director grows indifferent to his father and joins a Seminary. On his way to the course completion, he is overwhelmed by a strong lack of faith. His religious beliefs are further jolted when he sees a young girl haplessly dying in a road accident for whom he reluctantly performs the ritual to absolve her sins. His mentor still believes in him and urges him to go to Italy to take an exorcism course hoping that he it would strengthen his faith in Christianity. In Italy, he attends a session from Father Xavier (Ciarán Hinds), who soon becomes aware of his skepticism. As a result he sends him to an eminent Jesuit exorcist, Father Lucas Trevant (Sir Anthony Hopkins), whose ways though questionable are quite effective. He witnesses the exorcism of a sixteen year old girl but still seems unconvinced. Father Lucas explains to him that it takes multiple sessions over a long stretch of time to completely free a victim from the demon. ... Written by who knows

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You can only defeat it when you believe. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic material, violence, frightening images, and language including sexual references | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Hungary | Italy

Language:

English | Welsh | Italian | Latin | Russian | Hungarian

Release Date:

28 January 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El rito See more »

Filming Locations:

Blue Island, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$37,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,789,393, 30 January 2011

Gross USA:

$33,047,633

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$96,047,633
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Mikael Håfström attended exorcisms to prepare for directing this movie. He was not allowed to witness them, but he could hear what was happening from outside the door. See more »

Goofs

When the girl is struggling with the demon in the hospital a sonogram of the fetus is shown several times, but there is no ultrasonograph present in the room. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Man#1: Don't be afraid.
Man#2: Do you believe in sin?
Woman: [whispering] There's nothing to believe.
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Crazy Credits

The Warner Brothers logo breaks apart and reforms as the New Line Cinema logo. A voice says "Don't be afraid. Do you believe in sin? There's nothing to believe in." See more »

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References Peter Pan (1953) See more »

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The Four Seasons
Written by Antonio Vivaldi
Performed by Ensemble Elan featuring Maya Magub
Courtesy of Evolution Music Partners, LLC
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Inspired by true events story that is interesting but not exciting
31 January 2011 | by hyprsleepySee all my reviews

While I was always waiting to see what happened next and interested in how the good guys would overcome the challenges they faced I felt completely detached from the main character, Michael Kovak. I don't need to like the main character but I still need to connect. Unfortunately, Michael was very emotionally inaccessible and therefore I never really cared for him.

On a positive note, Anthony Hopkins had a very good performance and the little field trips that he took the "doubter" on were some of the best parts of the movie. I loved how Kovak hung on to his doubt even when faced with an example of the possessed knowing the unknowable. The pacing was slow and gradually ratcheted up the tension as it went along. For some this may be boring but I was comfortable with it as it made the events unfolding feel natural instead of forced or rushed.

Overall, it was an alright movie that could have been great but just wasn't.


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