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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 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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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

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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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 »

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Reverend Eckhardt: I can't explain it. I thought I was a man of reason, a man of science, and a man of God. I am not sure of anything anymore. The Catholics! We should take him to the Catholics. They know about these things.
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References The Exorcist (1973) See more »

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Well-written horror
23 October 2000 | by mermattSee all my reviews

A fictionalized version of the possession which was also the basis of THE EXORCIST, this film remains closer to the actual case than does the other. POSSESSED gives us a good cast approaching the topic rationally and with great dignity. The film begins without much of the traditional horror atmosphere, and that lends to the realism. Once the sense of reality has been created, there are some elements of the typical horror film, but they are well executed.

Set against the real horrors of the atomic age, the Cold War, and McCarthyism in the 1950s, the film is as powerful as THE EXORCIST but without using some of the FX. There are some genuine chills, and the story is well told, making the film well worth watching.


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