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 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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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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

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Laura Linney and Campbell Scott had acted together before, in Lush (2000). See more »

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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 »

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Father Moore: [before the exorcism] Do not ask it any questions or pay any attention to what it says.
Jason: It?
Father Moore: We won't be dealing with Emily tonight.
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Opening statement: This film is based on a true story. See more »

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

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Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Demon Movies (2015) See more »

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Prelude, Op. 3, No. 2 in C Sharp Minor
(1887)
Written by Sergei Rachmaninoff
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Court-horror!
14 November 2005 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Ironically enough, "The Excorcism of Emily Rose" got released in my country (Belgium) synchronously with another similar, real-life lawsuit. A self-acclaimed exorcist has to justify the death of a young girl after performing inhuman rituals and fatal exorcism tricks. It's weird having seen this movie and then follow the lawsuit on TV and in newspapers. It's so easy to deny the existence of demonic possession and to brush aside exorcism as quackery, but then – as this film shows – you're also questioning people's beliefs and family values. Emily Rose is the sympathetic daughter of a poor but deeply religious rural family. Shortly after her long-anticipated start at the university, her body becomes the host of no less than 6 different demons. The priest of the little town where she lives, father Moore, is doing everything he can to purify Emily's body but the demons are too strong and she doesn't survive the exorcism. What makes this film different than the obvious 70's classic "The Exorcist" (which also entirely revolves on the possession of an innocent girl) is that the story takes place after the actual exorcism and in the courtroom where father Moore is on trial for negligent homicide. His ambitious lawyer Erin Bruner goes straight for the acquittal of her client, but father Moore only cares for telling Emily's story, despite the fact that this can cost him his career as a priest. The screenplay of this film was based on a true story and director Scott Derrickson does a great job in making the extended courtroom sequences interesting and compelling. The flashbacks, showing Emily's horrible decrepit, are very atmospheric and contain multiple shock-moments. The acting is sublime, with a powerful Tom Wilkinson as the devoted priest and an enchanting Jennifer Carpenter as the poor Emily Rose. This is not a full-blooded horror film, but definitely one of the most unsettling, disturbing and thought-provoking dramas of the last few years. Highly recommended!


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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:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,054,300, 11 September 2005

Gross USA:

$75,072,454

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$145,166,804
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2.35 : 1
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