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Possessed (2000)

Not Rated | | Horror, Drama | TV Movie 22 October 2000
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An eleven-year-old boy starts throwing temper tantrums, vomiting on, and attacking people, and swearing uncontrollably. Furniture begins to move on its own when he is around, and he doesn't... See full summary »

Director:

Steven E. de Souza

Writers:

Thomas B. Allen (book), Michael Lazarou (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Dalton ... Fr. Willam Bowden
Henry Czerny ... Fr. Raymond McBride
Jonathan Malen ... Robbie Mannheim
Michael Rhoades Michael Rhoades ... Karl Mannheim
Shannon Lawson ... Phyllis Mannheim
Christopher Plummer ... Archbishop Hume
Michael McLachlan ... Halloran
Richard Waugh ... Reverend Eckhardt
Deborah Drakeford Deborah Drakeford ... Mrs. Eckhardt
Piper Laurie ... Aunt Hanna
Brad Borbridge Brad Borbridge ... German Soldier
Rob Tinkler ... American Soldier (as Robert Tinkler)
Scott Wickware Scott Wickware ... Racist Cop
Jefferson Mappin ... Big Prisoner
Nicholas Pasco Nicholas Pasco ... Jail Cop
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An eleven-year-old boy starts throwing temper tantrums, vomiting on, and attacking people, and swearing uncontrollably. Furniture begins to move on its own when he is around, and he doesn't remember any of it. After giving up on the Protestants, the boys parents turn to the Catholic church for help. Father Bowden is a World War II veteran who is experiencing nightmares, flashbacks, and other personal problems, including alcoholism. He is recruited by the Archbishop to perform a series of exorcisms. This is the true account of the last exorcism known to have been done by the Catholic church. Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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There has only been one documented exorcism in America. The ultimate fear is knowing it really happened.

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Horror | Drama

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USA

Language:

English

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22 October 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Az ördögűző - Az igaz történet See more »

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Stereo

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Color
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Based on the 1949 case of a Maryland boy, which inspired "The Exorcist". See more »

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When Robbie is circling the bed singing "Ave Maria" his mouth in no way matches the words heard. See more »

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Title Card: 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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Excellent, Eerie Entertainment
7 October 2001 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

Well-made television movie(made for Showtime)that tells the true story(so we are told) of the only modern American Exorcism rite performed by the Roman Catholic Church. This film is compelling in its nature as it draws the viewer in to see a priest battle with his own private demons only to fight with the real thing squatting in the body of a young boy named Robbie. The film is beautifully shot and possesses some wonderfully creepy scenes that enhance the mood of tension and foreboding. The acting is the best thing, however, as Timothy Dalton never acted better. He is so very convincing in the role of the priest with a tough exterior and a head full of painful memories from World War II. The young actor playing Robbie is very gifted and convincing too. Christopher Plummer adds a nice small role as an archbishop more concerned with publicity and image than healing and souls. The film has much going for it. Good story, artful direction, excellent acting, and some fine philosophical points of contention to gnaw on a bit. Is it better than The Exorcist? Yes and no. It does not carry the impact of that film, nor does it in anyway contain the shocking scenes that film employed. No crucifix masterbation here, etc.. In fact no one dies in this film. What it lacks in scares is really a better sense of what an exorcism is and what the rite actually meant. Interesting to me but perhaps not to all. So if you want some intelligent horror...look no further. Watch The Exorcist again too...another great film in its own way.


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