In early-1950s St. Louis, the strange case of the eleven-year-old boy, Robbie Mannheim, catches the eye of the troubled former World War II veteran and now a Catholic priest, Father William Bowdern. Bearing alarming markings on his little body, while exhibiting a disturbing behaviour and an incomprehensible power after the death of his Aunt Hanna, Robbie's worried parents turn to modern medicine to help their child; however, when science fails, they resort to religion. Now, with the Vatican's reluctant consent, Bowdern must face the unholy entity that possesses Robbie and perform the first documented exorcism in America. But, the dark enemy is powerful, and he'll use Father William's inner fears against him. Can the conflicted priest cast out the demon, and save not only the boy's life but also his very soul?Written by
Based on the 1949 case of a Maryland boy, which inspired "The Exorcist". See more »
In one of the early scenes, Father Bowden shows a college classroom images of the devil. One of the images was the popular devil head drawn by the artist 'Coop'. The problem is that this movie is set in the 1950s and Coop hadn't even been born by that time. See more »
Father William Bowdern returned to the university and its chapel where he continued to serve for another thirty years. The boy known as Robbie, whose true identity has never been made public, went on to lead a normal life. He married and raised a family. Father Bowdern performed the Nuptial Mass.
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The biggest problem with this movie is the kid. Ginger hair and freckles? Possessed by the Devil. Its not scary, its hilarious. The kid does a decent job, but he is horribly miscast. Timothy Dalton redeems things a bit with a convincing performance, which must have been almost impossible given the obvious handicap.
As a story it almost succeeds. As a scary movie it sucks.
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