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R| 2 hr. 2 min.

Plot Summary
One of the most profitable horror movies ever made, this tale of an exorcism is based loosely on actual events. When young Regan (Linda Blair) starts acting odd -- levitating, speaking in tongues -- her worried mother (Ellen Burstyn) seeks medical help, only to hit a dead end. A local priest (Jason Miller), however, thinks the girl may be seized by the devil. The priest makes a request to perform an exorcism, and the church sends in an expert (Max von Sydow) to help with the difficult job.

Cast: Ellen Burstyn , Linda Blair , Max von Sydow , Lee J. Cobb , Kitty Winn , Jack MacGowran , Jason Miller , Reverend William O'Malley

Director: William Friedkin

Genres: Horror

Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures

The Exorcist (1973)

Release Date: December 26th, 1973|2 hr. 2 min.

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critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 6 )
  • 80
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    There's something elemental about The Exorcist, even with the new hopeful ending that betrays the bleak original. show more

  • 100
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    Friedkin has said the new, expanded version of his film has a more spiritual tone. But it's still a shocker. show more

  • 88
    Susan Wloszczyna USA Today

    Retains the power to turn heads -- and stomachs. show more

  • October 31, 2009 PerryCatella
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    I'm 46, and I had plenty of time in my life to se every horror film that cursed my eyes. And, without a doubt, The Exorcist, has been the only one I have seen, that has left a life changing impact on my personality. I could not even blink my eyes while watching it. And, literally for weeks, I could NOT get a good night's sleep. If you feel you could handle it, get the uncensored version.

  • October 30, 2009 Garry
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    Hand's down, the Exorcist can scare the livin' crap out of you for one reason. All the other monsters are imaginary--you'll never see a zombie or vampire or werewolf in real life. On the other hand, being possessed by a demon is a documented malady that NO ONE wants visited upon themselves. Scarey as heck watching Megan go through that.

  • October 30, 2009 JMasse9651
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    Back in 1973 I had only been married a year. We went to see the movie and there were people passing out tracks about being a Christian (which I already was). I have never in my life been so scared at that movie. I think our thought process was different back then because I had never seen anything so scary. I slept with the lights on my weeks, went to church ever chance I got and wore a big cross around my neck....OMG....I have never watched it again and I am almost 57. ha ha

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  • The Omen (1976)

  • The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)

  • Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)

  • Orphan (2009)

  • The Exorcist III (1990)

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