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The Exorcist

The Exorcist

William Friedkin (2000)

18 Certificate
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William Peter Blatty's Oscar-winning adaptation of his own bestselling novel about the demonic possession of an actress's young daughter is one of the most talked-about and reviled horror movies of all time. Unbelievably scary when it first came out, its overall impact has been lessened by time and repeated genre duplication. But the macabre, obscene demonstrations of manifest evil still retain their power to startle and nauseate, particularly Linda Blair's "head-turning" antics as the possessed child. Aside from the graphic and revolutionary special effects, director William Friedkin dwells on the allegorical religious subtleties, making this a richly satisfying experience for horror aficionados. Max von Sydow (as the priest at the centre of the exorcism) and Ellen Burstyn (as the girl's mother) also rise to the landmark occasion, and special mention should go to Robert Knudson and Chris Newman, whose marvellous use of sound won the film's second Oscar. This director's cut (also known as "The Version You've Never Seen") added 11 minutes of footage, most of which was actually at the request of Blatty. A few plot holes are tidied up and new digital effects added, but the changes don't lessen the impact of the original one jot.


A girl is possessed by a formidable demonic entity that resists all efforts at freeing her from its grasp. In desperation, the child's mother appeals for help from a local priest and a veteran exorcist, but succeeding in this nightmarish contest of wills threatens the lives of both men. Revised version of William Friedkin's horror, starring Linda Blair, Jason Miller, Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow and Lee J Cobb.

Cast & Crew

Regan MacNeil Linda Blair
Chris MacNeil Ellen Burstyn
Father Karras Jason Miller
Father Merrin Max von Sydow
Lt Kinderman Lee J Cobb
Sharon Kitty Winn
Burke Dennings Jack MacGowran
Father Dyer Rev William O'Malley
Voice of the demon Mercedes McCambridge
Karl Rudolf Schundler
Willi Gina Petrushka
Director William Friedkin
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Warner Bros Guidance: Contains graphic violence, swearing and disturbing scenes. Available on: Available on video and DVD Released on: 17 Nov 2000


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