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The Exorcist (1973)
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The Exorcist (1973) A movie actress taking up temporary residence in Washington D.C. has her troubles. The script for the movie she's filming seems inadequate. Her ex, who is also the father of her adolescent daughter, Regan, neglects to call the girl on her birthday. And the attic has rats. Meanwhile, Father Karras, a priest and a psychiatrist, is losing his faith; and he's dealing with a sick mother who needs medical care he hasn't the money to provide. Another priest, the old and ailing Father Merrin, has just returned from Iraq with forebodings of evil. These three persons meet when the sweet and cheerful Regan turns foul-mouthed and violent. But her sickness is beyond the reach of a medical doctor or a psychiatrist. What Regan needs is an exorcist.

Movie Tagline:
The movie you've been waiting for...without the wait.

Also Known As:
The Exorcist: The Version You Haven't Seen Yet
The Exorcist: The Version You've Never Seen
William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist

Title: Exorcist, The
Release Date: December 26, 1973
Runtime: 122 mins
Genre: Drama
All Genres: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Languages: English, Latin, Greek, French, German, Arabic
Country: USA
Colors: Color
Sound: 70 mm 6-Track, DTS-ES, Dolby Digital EX, Mono, SDDS
IMDB Rating: 8.1
Buried.com Rating: 9.1 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With E

MPAA Rating: R

MPAA Rating Reason:
Rated R for strong language and disturbing images. (edited version in 2000)

William Friedkin

Ellen Burstyn ...Chris MacNeil
Max von Sydow ...Father Merrin
Lee J. Cobb ...Lt. Kinderman
Kitty Winn ...Sharon
Jack MacGowran ...Burke Dennings
Jason Miller ...Father Karras
Linda Blair ...Regan
Reverend William O'Malley ...Father Dyer (as Reverend William O'Malley S.J.)
Barton Heyman ...Dr. Klein
Peter Masterson ......
Rudolf Schundler ...Karl
Gina Petrushka ...Willi
Robert Symonds ...Dr. Taney
Arthur Storch ...Psychiatrist
Reverend Thomas Bermingham ...Tom - President of University (as Reverend Thomas...
Vasiliki Maliaros ...Karras' Mother
Titos Vandis ...Karras' Uncle
Wallace Rooney ...Bishop Michael
Ron Faber ...Chuck - Assistant Director / Demonic Voice
Donna Mitchell ...Mary Jo Perrin
Roy Cooper ...Jesuit Dean
Robert Gerringer ...Senator at Party
Mercedes McCambridge ...Demon (voice)
William Peter Blatty ...Producer
Mary Boylan ...First Mental Patient
Dick Callinan ...Astronaut
Mason Curry ... (voice)
Eileen Dietz ...Pazuzu's Face
Joanne Dusseau ...Senator's Wife
yvonne Jones ...Bellevue Nurse

» [more cast members]

William Peter Blatty
Noel Marshall
David Salven

William Peter Blatty
William Peter Blatty

Steve Boeddeker

The Exorcist Horror Film Trailer 1
The Exorcist Horror Film Trailer 2

Movie Soundtrack(s):
"Kanon For Orchestra and Tape"
"Cello Concerto"
"String Quartet (1960)"
"The Devils of Loudon"
"Fantasia for Strings"
"(Tutti) Threnody I: Night of the Electric Insects"
"Fliessend, Äusserst Zart (from Five Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 10)"
"Beginnings (from The Wind Harp)"
"Tubular Bells"

More Movie Taglines:
  • The movie you've been waiting for...without the wait.
  • Something beyond comprehension is happening to a little girl on this street, in this house. A man has been called for as a last resort to try and save her. That man is The Exorcist.
  • The Devil Inside
  • The Scariest Movie Of All Time Has Returned. In The Version _You've Never Seen Before_.
  • Somewhere between science and superstition, there is another world. The world of darkness.
  • Nobody expected it, nobody believed it, and nobody could stop it. The one hope, the only hope: THE EXORCIST
Movie Quote(s):
  • Demon: What an excellent day for an exorcism. Father Damien Karras: You would like that? Demon: Intensely. Father Damien Karras: But wouldn't that drive you out of Regan? Demon: It would bring us together. Father Damien Karras: You and Regan? Demon: You and us.
  • Demon: I'm not Regan. Father Damien Karras: Well, then let's introduce ourselves. I'm Damien Karras. Demon: And I'm the Devil. Now kindly undo these straps. Father Damien Karras: If you're the Devil, why not make the straps disappear? Demon: That's much too vulgar a display of power, Karras.
  • Demon: Your mother's in here, Karras. Would you like to leave a message? I'll see that she gets it.
  • Demon: Your mother sucks cocks in Hell, Karras, you faithless slime.
  • Father Merrin: Especially important is the warning to avoid conversations with the demon. We may ask what is relevant but anything beyond that is dangerous. He is a liar. The demon is a liar. He will lie to confuse us. But he will also mix lies with the truth to attack us. The attack is psychological, Damien, and powerful. So don't listen to him. Remember that - do not listen.
Movie Trivia:
  • Ellen Burstyn agreed to doing the movie only if her character didn't have to say the scripted line: "I believe in the devil!" The producers agreed to eliminate the utterance.
  • John Boorman had been offered the chance to direct, but declined because he felt the storyline was "cruel towards children". He did, however, accept the offer to direct the sequel, Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977).
  • Mercedes McCambridge had to sue Warner Brothers for credit as the voice of the demon.
  • Jane Fonda and Shirley MacLaine were approached to play the role of Chris MacNeil. Audrey Hepburn was also approached and only agreed to do it if it was filmed in Rome. Anne Bancroft was another choice but she was in her first month of pregnancy and was dropped.
  • There were originally many very brief "blink and you'll miss them" cutaway shots in the 1973 release film, intended to create unease in the viewer. For instance: when the priest is dreaming of his mother coming up out of the subway, there is a brief cutaway of a face (Eileen Dietz), painted black and white, grimacing. There are two other places where this image is displayed: when Regan, lying on the bed, turns to look at Father Merrin and Father Karras, and just after the head-turning scene. In the "The Version You've Never Seen", the same image is superimposed over other scenes in the film: the first can be seen on the hood of the stove when Chris MacNeil has just returned home from speaking with the doctors and the lights go out in the kitchen; the next image can be seen in the scene directly following the former, on the inside door of Regan's bedroom when Chris MacNeil goes to check on her after realizing that Sharon wasn't present in the house. The statue of "Pazuzu" (encountered by Father Merrin) can clearly been seen in the background during the exorcism in the original film. The face of the statue is also imposed onto Regan's bedroom door in "The Version You've Never Seen".
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