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The Exorcist (26-Dec-1973)

Director: William Friedkin

Writer: William Peter Blatty

From novel: The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

Producer: William Peter Blatty

Keywords: Horror, Archaeology, Filmmaking, Bible, Possession, Exorcism, Satan, Washington DC

Chris McNeil's 12-year-old daughter Regan is possessed by a powerful evil. At first, Fr. Karras, priest and psychiatrist, tried to convince her otherwise, but eventually he realizes he is in over his head. Called in is Fr. Merrin, an exorcist who earlier was present at a Sumerian archaeological excavation which may have unearthed an ancient evil, the demon Pazuzu. Landmark horror film, highly original for 1973 and still never equaled in its subject area. Won Oscars for Best Sound and Best Screenplay; nominated for 8 others including Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Actress, and Best Director. Soundtrack is Mike Oldfield's classic instrumental Tubular Bells.

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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Linda Blair
Actor
22-Jan-1959   Head spins in Exorcist
Ellen Burstyn
Actor
7-Dec-1932   Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Lee J. Cobb
Actor
8-Dec-1911 11-Feb-1976 The Left Hand of God
Jack MacGowran
Actor
13-Oct-1918 30-Jan-1973 The Fearless Vampire Killers
Mercedes McCambridge
Actor
17-Mar-1916 2-Mar-2004 All the King's Men
Jason Miller
Actor
22-Apr-1939 13-May-2001 The Exorcist
Max von Sydow
Actor
10-Apr-1929   The Exorcist

CAST

Ellen Burstyn   ...   Chris MacNeil
Max von Sydow   ...   Fr. Merrin
Lee J. Cobb   ...   Lt. Kinderman
Kitty Winn   ...   Sharon
Jack MacGowran   ...   Burke Dennings
Jason Miller   ...   Fr. Karras
Linda Blair   ...   Regan (possessed girl)
Rev. William O'Malley   ...   Fr. Dyer
Barton Heyman   ...   Dr. Klein
Pete Masterson   ...   Dr. Barringer (clinic director)
Rudolf Schündler   ...   Karl
Gina Petrushka   ...   Willi
Robert Symonds   ...   Dr. Taney
Arthur Storch   ...   Psychiatrist
Rev. Thomas Bermingham   ...   Tom (university president)
Vasiliki Maliaros   ...   Karras' Mother
Titos Vandis   ...   Karras' Uncle
John Mahon   ...   Lab Director
Wallace Rooney   ...   Bishop Michael
Ron Faber   ...   Chuck (assistant director)
Donna Mitchell   ...   Mary Jo Perrin
Roy Cooper   ...   Jesuit Dean
Robert Gerringer   ...   Senator
and
Mercedes McCambridge   ...   Pazuzu (voice)

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