1973   USA The Exorcist
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Director:William Friedkin
Studio:Warner Brothers
Writer:William Peter Blatty
IMDb Rating:8.0 (245,577 votes)
Awards:Won 2 Oscars, Another 14 wins & 14 nominations
Duration:132 min
William Friedkin  ...  (Director)
William Peter Blatty  ...  (Writer)
Ellen Burstyn  ...  Chris MacNeil
Max von Sydow  ...  Father Merrin
Lee J. Cobb  ...  Lt. William Kinderman
Kitty Winn  ...  Sharon
Jack MacGowran  ...  Burke Dennings
Jason Miller  ...  Father Karras
Linda Blair  ...  Regan
William O'Malley  ...  Father Dyer (as Reverend William O'Malley S.J.)
Barton Heyman  ...  Dr. Klein
Peter Masterson  ...  Dr. Barringer - Clinic Director (as Pete Masterson)
Rudolf Sch√ľndler  ...  Karl
Gina Petrushka  ...  Willi
Robert Symonds  ...  Dr. Taney
Arthur Storch  ...  Psychiatrist
Thomas Bermingham  ...  Tom - President of University (as Reverend Thomas Bermingham S.J.)
Steve Boeddeker  ...  Composer
Owen Roizman  ...  Cinematographer
Norman Gay  ...  Editor
Evan A. Lottman  ...  Editor
Summary: Director William Friedkin was a hot ticket in Hollywood after the success of The French Connection, and he turned heads (in more ways than one) when he decided to make The Exorcist as his follow-up film. Adapted by William Peter Blatty from his controversial bestseller, this shocking 1973 thriller set an intense and often-copied milestone for screen terror with its unflinching depiction of a young girl (Linda Blair) who is possessed by an evil spirit. Jason Miller and Max von Sydow are perfectly cast as the priests who risk their sanity and their lives to administer the rites of demonic exorcism, and Ellen Burstyn plays Blair's mother, who can only stand by in horror as her daughter's body is wracked by satanic disfiguration. One of the most frightening films ever made with a soundtrack that's guaranteed to curl your blood, The Exorcist was mysteriously plagued by troubles during production, and the years have not diminished its capacity to disturb even the most stoical viewers. Don't say you weren't warned! --Jeff Shannon

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