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Exorcist: The Beginning (2004)

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Years before Father Lankester Merrin helped save Regan MacNeil's soul, he first encounters the demon Pazuzu in East Africa. This is the tale of Father Merrin's initial battle with Pazuzu and the rediscovery of his faith.

Director:

Renny Harlin

Writers:

William Peter Blatty (movie The Exorcist), William Wisher (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stellan Skarsgård ... Father Merrin
Izabella Scorupco ... Sarah
James D'Arcy ... Father Francis
Remy Sweeney ... Joseph
Julian Wadham ... Major Granville
Andrew French Andrew French ... Chuma
Ralph Brown ... Sergeant Major
Ben Cross ... Semelier
David Bradley ... Father Gionetti
Alan Ford ... Jefferies
Antonie Kamerling ... Lieutenant Kessel
Eddie Osei Eddie Osei ... Emekwi
Israel Oyelumade ... Jomo (as Israel Aduramo)
Patrick O'Kane ... Bession
James Bellamy James Bellamy ... James
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Storyline

Archeologist Lankester Merrin is asked to go to East Africa to excavate a church that has been found completely buried in sand. Merrin is also an ordained Roman Catholic priest who, still haunted by what he was forced to do during World War II in his native Holland, eschews any religion or belief. He's fascinated by what he finds and that it dates hundred of years before Christianity was introduced to the area. Accompanied by a young priest, Father Francis, to keep an eye on the religious elements of what they find, Merrin makes his way to the camp. There he meets a young doctor, Sarah and soon realizes there is an air of gloom that envelops the entire site. Workmen go mad and a young boy is mauled by a pack of hyenas while completely ignoring his younger brother Joseph. Inside the church itself they find signs of desecration. Merrin is forced to re-examine his lack of faith and come face to face with the devil. Written by garykmcd

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A Renny Harlin movie. The director of Cliffhanger, Deep Blue Sea and Die Hard 2 See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and gore, disturbing images and rituals, and for language including some sexual dialogue | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Exorcist IV: The Beginning See more »

Filming Locations:

Casablanca, Morocco See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,054,001, 22 August 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$41,821,986

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$36,178,600
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Runtime:

| (Unrated Version)

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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Trivia

William Peter Blatty said that watching this film was his "most humiliating professional experience." See more »

Goofs

When Merrin and Joseph perform the exorcism, Joseph responds "And also with you." This loose translation of the Latin phrase "Et cum spiritu tuo" ("And with your spirit," or traditionally, "And with thy spirit") was only coined in 1973, when the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL) released an English translation of Latin ritual texts used in the Catholic Church. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Father Merrin: It's Father Merrin.
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Connections

Referenced in The Benchwarmers (2006) See more »

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Lou Drums
composed by David Bradnum
Provided by Assiciated Production Music LLC
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The Beginning over Dominion? Definitely
26 May 2006 | by orven84See all my reviews

First, let me say that I didn't know Dominion existed until I discovered it going through the program guide. I started watching and man was I confused! I though that there was ANOTHER prequel that I didn't know about, until I continued to watch. Dominion seemed to me like a movie made out of pieces of film on the floor of the editing room. Clara Bellar's acting was awful in my opinion. I was completely distracted by her performance as well as several others.

While not a true horror movie, I really enjoyed The Beginning. I've watched it many times and found it very suspenseful. It kept my attention. I enjoyed the actors and the story. I've watched it over ten times and the scenes where Father M had to choose those to die? Chilling. Who wouldn't lose faith? The boy being torn apart? There were some good scenes.

Peace


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