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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Father Merrin
... Sarah
... Father Francis
... Joseph
... Major Granville
Andrew French ... Chuma
... Sergeant Major
... Semelier
... Father Gionetti
... Jefferies
... Lieutenant Kessel
Eddie Osei ... Emekwi
... Jomo (as Israel Aduramo)
... Bession
James Bellamy ... James
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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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Rated R for strong violence and gore, disturbing images and rituals, and for language including some sexual dialogue | See all certifications »

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20 August 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Exorcist IV: The Beginning  »

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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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Both William Peter Blatty and Paul Schrader were nearly thrown out of this film's premiere for loudly laughing during the screening. See more »

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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 »

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Sergeant Major: God is not here today, priest!
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Follows Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977) See more »

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Florida Special
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Provided by Killer Tracks
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You have to be kidding me?
6 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

Words cannot describe the atrosity I just bared witness to. This movie was absolutely horrible. Every single time there seemed to be a little tension building it amounted to nothing but crap. And the good/evil duel between Merrin and the demon at the end had to be the most comical piece of filming in movie history. It looked almost identical to a Neo vs Agent Smith showdown from The Matrix. LoL every time the demon would fly towards Merrin he would counterattack with a prayer or holy water and the demon woman would go flying like 50 feet against the other side of the wall. Oh the humanity. Hopefully the other version will be watchable. This one was definitely the funniest of the year.


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