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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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Scott Derrickson
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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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Taglines:

What happened to Emily?

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

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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Runtime:

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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

There were two dolls constructed for this film. The first was where Emily Rose would lock her limbs. The other was during the dorm scene where she is on the floor in a twisted position. The director ultimately never used a doll in the dorm room scene because he found out that Jennifer Carpenter is incredibly flexible and decided that the positions she was able to contort herself into were more unsettling than what could be accomplished with the dummy. When Emily starts to bend over backwards in the church, Carpenter wore a harness to make the effect more inhuman. See more »

Goofs

When Father Moore recites the Lord's Prayer he incorrectly quotes a line as "Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heavenly", so substituting "heavenly" for the correct word "heaven". "Heavenly" is nonsensical in context and not an error a priest would make. See more »

Quotes

Father Moore: [reading Emily's letter] People say that God is dead, but how can they think that if I show them the Devil?
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

US Blu-ray is missing subtitles for the various languages Emily speaks during the exorcism scene. These were present in the theatrical version, and also on the unrated DVD. See more »

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Prelude, Op. 3, No. 2 in C Sharp Minor
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Very thrilling, but the ending leaves you longing for more
10 December 2005 | by SuperunknovvnSee all my reviews

Yes, I know, we've seen too many mediocre horror movies in the past few years. Yes, I'm fed up with horror stories that are "based on true events", too, but don't write this movie off too soon. If you ignore the assertion that this has all happened in reality and just accept that you're in for a supernatural movie, you'll have a gay ol' time with "The Exorcism Of The Emily Rose".

The first thing to mention is that there has never been a combination of horror movie and courtroom drama before, and while some reviewers have stated that the two genres don't go together well, I have to disagree. The courtroom setting added a lot of suspense to the story and horror movies always work best when there is suspense added to the spooky and creepy elements. And boy, does this movie have some creepy scenes.

The four main actors do a fine job and the restrained direction is pretty atmospheric too, except for some minor fashionable shots that are probably not going to age very well (for example, one time Scott Derrickson reverts to Darren Aronofsky-cam, which is already getting old). Anyway, the main attraction is the story itself, and as I've said, it's fast paced and exciting - at least until the third act. Up until that point it's hard to watch the screen at times because Derrickson uses his shock scenes so effectively and steers clear of any jump-clichés. Then a certain climax is reached, the movie reduces its supernatural elements and relies maybe a bit too much on the courtroom drama aspect. On the plus side Derrickson avoids going over the top like so many other horror movies do including embarrassing CGI-orgies in their showdowns. On the other hand, it is exactly that relatively quiet ending that prevents "The Exorcism Of Emily Rose" from becoming a real classic. One just has the feeling that the priest and the trial made a whole lot of fuss about nothing, because there's no real solution in the end.

"The Exorcism Of Emily Rose" has enough chilling moments not to be overshadowed by "The Exorcist", the big Kahuna of the exorcism genre, but it's not going to be remembered as a cornerstone of the horror genre. In 2005 you couldn't find a lot of spooky movies that were better than this one, though.


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