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The Exorcist (1973)

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DVD Release Date
• R1: Mar 25, 1997
• R2: 8 Oct 2001

Budget $1,000,000

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Running Time
2 hours, 2 minutes

Country USA

Studio Warner Brothers

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Other Titles
• The Exorcist
• The Exorcist: The Version You Haven't Seen Yet (1973)
• The Exorcist: The Version You've Never Seen (1973)
• William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist (2000)
• Der Exorzist (1974)

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Genre: Thriller, Horror, Demonic Possession, Religion, Demon, Disturbing, Occult, Supernatural, Suspense, Psychos, Cult Classic, Psychodrama, Devil, Doctor, Detectives, Halloween, Murder

Tagline: 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.

Plot: With THE EXORCIST, William Friedkin (THE FRENCH CONNECTION, THE BOYS IN THE BAND) rivals Hitchcock for heart-stopping terror in this deeply horrifying

masterpiece that led to religious boycotts, fainting and nauseous audiences, and a commercial success that forever changed Hollywood. Linda Blair plays Regan, a 12-year-old girl possessed by the devil. After exhausting all the options of science, psychology, and medicine, Regan's mother (Ellen Burstyn) realizes the supernatural nature of her daughter's condition and resorts to a religious solution, turning to Father Karras (Jason Miller) for an exorcism. Aided by the mysterious Jesuit exorcist Father Merrin (Max von Sydow), Karras must confront not only supernatural phenomena but also his own inadequate faith and displaced guilt over his mother's recent death, a personal torment Regan uses to manipulate him, but with disturbing results.

Like THE GODFATHER before it and JAWS soon after, THE EXORCIST enjoyed

tremendous commercial and critical success that directly transformed Hollywood into the blockbuster behemoth of American

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 External Reviews
external linkWhat makes THE EXORCIST so damn scary is the fact that it is presented to us in such a realistic way. The characters seems oddly familiar and the dialogue is amazingly honest.

external linkThe Exorcist is shocking, gory, startling, and makes one’s heart beat faster and stomach turn… but it will not keep one awake at night, for there is nothing for the casual viewer to really be afraid of.
--Cortney Fusco (

external linkInfluential and often ripped-off classic that moves along at a brisk pace, grabs you by the throat and never lets go. Highly effective. 3/4
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external linkI have not purchased The Exorcist for myself and probably would never want to watch it alone. 4/5
--Mr. Roboto (ColdSpot)

external link"The Exorcist" is one of the most important horror films ever made. Daring, well-acted, scripted and directed and disgusting as all hell, the film blew audiences away when it was released.
-- (

external linkI like to call this movie the essential "come 45 minutes late to see" movie. What trully is the best horror film of all time really bores the crap out of you for the first 45 minutes. 5/5
--Mr Disgusting (

 Directed by
William Friedkin
The French Connection, Rules of Engagement, The Hunted
 Written by
William Peter Blatty
Exorcist: The Beginning, Exorcist II: The Heretic, A Shot in the Dark
Ellen Burstyn
Requiem for a Dream, Playing by Heart, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Max von Sydow
Minority Report, Dune, Conan the Barbarian
Lee J. Cobb
12 Angry Men, On the Waterfront, How the West Was Won
Jack MacGowran
Doctor Zhivago, The Quiet Man, The Fearless Vampire Killers
Linda Blair
Exorcist II: The Heretic, Repossessed, Airport 1975
Jason Miller
The Exorcist III, The Ninth Configuration, Light of Day
Kitty Winn
Exorcist II: The Heretic, The Panic in Needle Park, They Might Be Giants
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external linkA good movie that still manages to scare. With excellent directing and sweet effects, this movie is a MUST for any horror fan. 10/10
--FrighT MasteR (UHM)

external linkOverall the movie is a instant classic horror. Maybe its the hype around it that makes the movie one of the all time scariest movie but I'm certain that its more to do with the strong content in the movie. 3/5
-- (



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