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Legion (1990)

The Exorcist III: Legion (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror | 17 August 1990 (USA)
William Peter Blatty's director's cut of "The Exorcist III" which was thought to be lost. Recovered and released in 2016 under its original title, this is the definitive cut of the film based on his novel "Legion".

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William Peter Blatty (novel), William Peter Blatty (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
George C. Scott ... Kinderman
Ed Flanders ... Father Dyer
Brad Dourif ... Father Karras
Scott Wilson ... Dr. Temple
Nancy Fish ... Nurse Allerton
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peggy Alston Peggy Alston ... Mrs. Kintry
Ryan Paul Amick Ryan Paul Amick ... Second Dream Boy
Cherie Baron Cherie Baron ... Nurse
Barbara Baxley ... Shirley
James Burgess ... Thomas Kintry
Grand L. Bush ... Sergeant Atkins
Amelia Campbell ... Young Girl in Dream
Harry Carey Jr. ... Father Kanavan
Alexis Chieffet Alexis Chieffet ... Counter Attendant
John Coe John Coe ... Old Man in Dream
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William Peter Blatty's director's cut of "The Exorcist III" which was thought to be lost. Recovered and released in 2016 under its original title, this is the definitive cut of the film based on his novel "Legion".

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Not Rated
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USA

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English

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17 August 1990 (USA) See more »

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Dolby

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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In an interview on the bonus features of the Collector's Edition, Brad Dourif opens up saying the reason why Jason Miller was unavailable to reprise his role originally as Karras is because he was a severe alcoholic and had developed "wet brain". This meant he could not memorize the two long monologues the Gemini Killer has. He says this led to him sharing the role with Miller in the theatrical cut. He would recite the monologues while Miller could handle the shorter lines. However, an audio commentary with William Peter Blatty makes no mention of this, simply saying Miller was "unavailable". See more »

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Brilliant! The version that should have been!
25 January 2017 | by christopherbirk-nySee all my reviews

Oddly enough this comes out literally just as William Peter Blatty dies. Maybe it is a fitting end to his brilliant writing and filmmaking.

Yes you have to look past the fact that much of the "new" footage is old, bad quality and looks like it was ripped from an old VHS tape but that just leaves so much more to the imagination - much like the first version of the film did. Also a brilliant movie.

Gone are some sub-plots and even people from the original film and this version has definitely been de-Hollywootized and instead been Twin Peaksed.... stripped of many of the more elaborate sets and special effects - but it still works.

The part that was so amazing in the first film was the mood, the moments, the small things - and it's carried on into this version. I don't want to do any spoilers so I'll leave it at that. But if you loved the original you don't want to miss this one. Great acting, great lines and moments that get under your skin in a way few (if any) movies manages to do today.


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