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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:
... Erin Bruner
... Father Moore
... Ethan Thomas
... Emily Rose
... Karl Gunderson
... Jason
... Dr. Mueller
... Dr. Cartwright
... Ray
... Judge Brewster
... Dr. Briggs
... Dr. Adani
Steve Archer ... Guy in Bar
Arlene Belcastro ... Praying Woman #2
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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Rated PG-13 for thematic material, including intense/frightening sequences and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 September 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Exorcism of Anneliese Michel  »

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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The "silent scream" helped Jennifer Carpenter get the role of Emily Rose. Scott Derrickson found it terrifying in her audition. See more »

Goofs

The stop button is pushed on the tape recorder during the courtroom scene, but the tape continues to play for a few more seconds. See more »

Quotes

Father Moore: Are you a Catholic?
Erin Bruner: No. I'm an agnostic, I guess. I'm not really sure.
Father Moore: If you're not sure, then you are one.
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Opening statement: This film is based on a true story. See more »

Connections

References Tenebre (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Prelude, Op. 3, No. 2 in C Sharp Minor
(1887)
Written by Sergei Rachmaninoff
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Excellent on so many levels; a lesson in mainstream film-making
26 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

Wonderful, wonderful movie. A lesson in film-making. I know a lot of people won't be able to see it for what it is because of the supernatural/horror elements (which are usually a turn-off for film snobs), but the movie is just extremely well-made.

Consider the fact that Linney's character's true conflict is not winning the trial, but a satisfyingly complex internal struggle which I will not name so as not to spoil the movie. Or the plethora of food for thought that the movie offers, regarding existentialist issues of perception vs. objective truth, and social issues of liability and responsibility.

Some very interesting scenes that find ways to express things in subtle and creative ways without spelling them out. And an incredible and ballsy performance by Jennifer Carpenter, which takes Linda Blair's possession to a whole new level. Also, notice how a key dramatic monologue is presented, contrary to what we might expect, with no sentimental music in the background. The cinematography is also great. I was reminded of Dario Argento's vivid colors in Suspiria on more than one occasion.

Although it's not the focus of the film, the movie also offers a few very cool scare moments, and seeing Emily possessed is terrifying.

This is my favorite "underdog" movie of the year so far.


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