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The Rite (2011)

PG-13 | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 28 January 2011 (USA)
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An American seminary student travels to Italy to take an exorcism course.

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Mikael Håfström

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Michael Petroni, Matt Baglio (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Hopkins ... Father Lucas Trevant
Colin O'Donoghue ... Michael Kovak
Alice Braga ... Angeline
Ciarán Hinds ... Father Xavier
Toby Jones ... Father Matthew
Rutger Hauer ... Istvan Kovak
Marta Gastini ... Rosaria
Maria Grazia Cucinotta ... Aunt Andria
Arianna Veronesi ... Francesca
Andrea Calligari Andrea Calligari ... Vincenzo
Chris Marquette ... Eddie
Torrey DeVitto ... Nina
Ben Cheetham ... Young Michael
Marija Karan ... Sandra
Rosa Pianeta Rosa Pianeta ... Woman in Exorcism Video
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Michael, the son of a funeral director grows indifferent to his father and joins a Seminary. On his way to the course completion, he is overwhelmed by a strong lack of faith. His religious beliefs are further jolted when he sees a young girl haplessly dying in a road accident for whom he reluctantly performs the ritual to absolve her sins. His mentor still believes in him and urges him to go to Italy to take an exorcism course hoping that he it would strengthen his faith in Christianity. In Italy he attends a session from Father Xavier who soon becomes aware of his skepticism. As a result he sends him to an eminent Jesuit exorcist, Father Lucas, whose ways though questionable are quite effective. He witnesses the exorcism of a sixteen year old girl but still seems unconvinced. Father Lucas explains to him that it takes multiple sessions over a long stretch of time to completely free a victim from the demon. Despite witnessing some supernatural occurrences during the aforesaid exorcism... Written by who knows

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Rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic material, violence, frightening images, and language including sexual references | See all certifications »

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USA | Hungary | Italy

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English | Welsh | Italian | Latin | Russian | Hungarian

Release Date:

28 January 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El rito See more »

Filming Locations:

Blue Island, Illinois, USA See more »

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Budget:

$37,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,789,393, 30 January 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$33,047,633

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$97,143,987
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2.35 : 1
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Ciaran Hinds played a priest in this movie, and played the devil named "Roarke" in Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance (2011). See more »

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After the exorcism scene, from the moment Colin O'Donoghue plays with the nail, he looses his American accent and Irish accent takes over for the whole scene when he talks with Anthony Hopkins. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Man#1: Don't be afraid.
Man#2: Do you believe in sin?
Woman: [whispering] There's nothing to believe.
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What follows is inspired by true events. The opening credits evaporate. The T in Rite is shaped like a Christian cross. The t's in the end credits are the same. See more »

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"Something Missing And Something Present"
27 April 2011 | by kimi_layercakeSee all my reviews

"The Rite" is an American supernatural horror film about an American seminary student who travels to Italy to take an exorcism course. The turn of events at Rome make him question his self beliefs and embark him on a journey of self fruition and worldly truth.

Cast wise, No complain. Anthony Hopkins seems very natural for his role of Father Lucas, an unorthodox Exorcist who questions his faith after a failed exorcism. His performance,specially the devil possessed climax performance brings in mind the chilling menace he showcased in "Silence Of The Lambs" or "Fracture" etc. Newcomer Colin O'Donoghue plays his role of an upcoming reluctant Priest cum Exorcist with diligence and audacity. His appearance,something of a mixture of dark and white makes him an ideal candidate for Batman's Bruce Wayne role. His performance was not over-the-top nor was it beginner's mess. Rest chips in well in their roles.

"The Rite" strength and weakness both lies in its Storyline. Fact is the storyline deals with the sensitive issues of demonic possession, faith contradictions, exorcism, good versus bad issues in a very delicate ways. Neither the Director injects heroic acts to make it entertaining nor incorporate gore and violence to make an impact. Everything is dealt in a very instinctual manner, rendering the movie being liked by a section of viewers for its authenticity and veracious dealing with its subject material; on the other hand, being distasteful to the other section of viewers for being non entertaining and devoid of gore and violence.

Overall, "The Rite" has something missing and something present. Even though the subject material might be difficult to digest for most viewers, "The Rite" succeeds in capturing the viewer's attention and appreciation.

My Verdict: 7/10


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