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The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)

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A lawyer takes on a negligent homicide case involving a priest who performed an exorcism on a young girl.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laura Linney ... Erin Bruner
Tom Wilkinson ... Father Moore
Campbell Scott ... Ethan Thomas
Jennifer Carpenter ... Emily Rose
Colm Feore ... Karl Gunderson
Joshua Close ... Jason
Kenneth Welsh ... Dr. Mueller
Duncan Fraser ... Dr. Cartwright
JR Bourne ... Ray
Mary Beth Hurt ... Judge Brewster
Henry Czerny ... Dr. Briggs
Shohreh Aghdashloo ... Dr. Adani
Steve Archer Steve Archer ... Guy in Bar
Arlene Belcastro Arlene Belcastro ... Praying Woman #2
David Berner David Berner ... Karl's Crony #1
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Storyline

When a younger girl called Emily Rose dies, everyone puts blame on the exorcism which was performed on her by Father Moore prior to her death. The priest is arrested on suspicion of murder. The trial begins with lawyer Erin Bruner representing Moore, but it is not going to be easy, as no one wants to believe what Father Moore says is true. Written by FilmFanUk

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What happened to Emily?

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material, including intense/frightening sequences and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Sony Pictures

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Syriac | German | Greek | Hebrew | Latin | Aramaic

Release Date:

9 September 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Exorcism of Anneliese Michel See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,054,300, 11 September 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$75,072,454, 6 November 2005

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$144,216,468
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Though the actual story happened in Germany, the movie takes place in US. See more »

Goofs

When Erin Bruner meets with Father Moore in jail, the whole cell block is dark and barely lit. And being a lawyer, Erin meets with Father Moore in his jail cell without the presence of guards or police. This is not done for the explicit safety of both the prisoners and those that visit them. See more »

Quotes

Judge Brewster: Let the record show that the defendant and his counsel are present and that the jury is seated.
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Crazy Credits

Opening statement: This film is based on a true story. See more »

Alternate Versions

Theatrical version 119 min. and the unrated version 122 min. See more »

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References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

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Prelude, Op. 3, No. 2 in C Sharp Minor
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Agnostic Heaven
4 September 2005 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

Ideas about heaven hell, angels and demons were formed for me by the Sisters of St. Joseph, made real by their powerful teaching, and as quickly discounted under the rational tyranny of the Jesuits. So revisiting one of the Catholic Church's most imaginative challenges, demonic possession and its nemesis, exorcism, is an ambivalent event for me, be it the sensational Exorcist (1973) or the current Exorcism of Emily Rose. Rose is a valuable addition to the canon because it is neither over the top as is The Exorcist nor biased in favor of the existence of demons, as is the case in most exorcism films.

Rose is rather a treatise about doubt, expounded by Laura Linney as Erin Bruner, an agnostic attorney defending Father Moore (Tom Wilkinson) against charges that he neglected the welfare of Rose, who died in his process of exorcism. The district attorney is a man of faith but a disbeliever in the whole demonic possession scenario. Lisa's defense is based on the "possible," an accurate word for those agnostics of us who don't find evidence of a spiritual realm but hope for an extension of this life into the next. Because the rule of US law rests on the premise of "reasonable doubt," doubt about the possession theory fits very nicely with doubt about the priest's neglect.

I can't remember the last time I was stimulated to reassess my agnosticism, but I'm doing it now, thanks to the deft direction of Scot Derrickson , nimble script of Paul Harris Boardman and Derrickson, and understatedly effective performances of Linney and Wilkinson. This film is enjoyable as a courtroom drama as well as an exploration into the arcane.

The Exorcism of Emily Rose, based on a true story, is agnostic heaven for a fallen-away Catholic critic. The scary thing about all this spiritual combat is what it reveals about us: As A. R. Orage observed, "Would you see the devil? Look in the mirror."


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