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The Exorcist rides its supernatural theme to magical effect, with remarkable special effects and an eerie atmosphere, resulting in one of the scariest films of all time. Read critic reviews

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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 & Crew

Ellen Burstyn
Chris MacNeil
Linda Blair
Regan Teresa MacNeil
Max von Sydow
Father Lankester Merrin
Lee J. Cobb
Lieutenant William Kinderman
Kitty Winn
Sharon Spencer
Jack MacGowran
Burke Dennings
Jason Miller
Father Damien Karras
Pete Masterson
Dr. Barringer, Clinic Director
Noel Marshall
Executive Producer
Jack Nitzsche
Original Music
Owen Roizman
Cinematographer
Billy Williams
Cinematographer
Norman Gay
Film Editor
Bud S. Smith
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Critic Reviews for The Exorcist

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  • Jul 02, 2016
    Seminal horror film. Simple story: young girl is possessed by the devil and must have an exorcism performed. Ellen Burstyn plays the girl's mother and is superlative as she tries to seek ways to get her help. The exorcism scene is devilishly awesome.This was a breakthrough film in its day and still delivers the frights today.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Jun 22, 2016
    This movie is over 40 years old and still remains one of the scariest movies of all time. A teenage girl becomes possessed by a mysterious entity and her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter. The extended version is even scarier than the original. If you enjoy the modern "possession films" then you need to see this. It will put the rest to shame.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 31, 2016
    A horror classic. What more can I say?
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 30, 2016
    I really didn't find it that scary. It was gross and a little depressing maybe, but there wasn't much else going on. I'm quite a fan of Fredkin, but I just didn't see much point to this. Some moments were quite effective though. It's a technically accomplished film with a genuinely creepy atmosphere, I'll give it that. But that simply isn't enough to carry a whole motion picture. Perhaps if I believed in god and the devil, rather than being an agnostic I might have been swept up in the hysteria this film has generated among film goers and thought it the horror classic many claim it to be.......
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