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The Exorcist
The Exorcist
Directed By
William Friedkin
Produced By
William Peter Blatty
Written By
William Peter Blatty
Starring
Linda Blair
Ellen Burstyn
Max von Sydow
Lee J. Cobb
Kitty Winn
Jack MacGowran
Jason Miller
Mercedes McCambridge
Music By
Jack Nitzsche
Cinematography
Owen Roizman
Editing By
Norman Gay
Jordan Leondopoulos
Evan A. Lottman
Bud S. Smith

Distributed By
Warner Bros.
Release Date(s)
December 26, 1973
Country
Flag of the United States United States
Language
English
Budget
$12 million
Gross
$441,071,011
Followed by

The Exorcist is a 1973 horror film and an adaptation of the novel by William Peter Blatty of the same name. The Exorcist is considered a cult classic, ranked as the scariest movie of all time. It was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and inspired two sequels and two alternate prequels.

PlotEdit

Young Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair) becomes possessed by a demon named Pazuzu after playing with an Ouija board found in their basement. After she suddenly started showing signs of psychotic behavior Regan's mother Mrs. MacNeil takes her to several doctors to have many tests, some proving painful. After showing no signs of mental disturbances in the brain the doctors recommend having an exorcism performed. At this point the demon realizes their plan and turned up its level of violence.

An experienced exorcist named Father Merrin who dealt with Pazuzu before, and an assistant priest named Father Karras came and tried to deal with the demon, now in complete control of the girl. The exorcism turns into a completely terrifying failure for both priests, who struggle against the many powers of the evil spirit. The Demon psychologically tortures both priests and it actually causes Karras to back out of the exorcism. Merrin attempts to exorcise the Demon by himself, but he dies from a heart attack due to the demon´s power. When Karras returns, he attempts to revive the priest, but when he fails to revive him, the possessed girl just giggles. This enrages Karras, who then hits the Demon many times in the face and challenges it to enter his own body. Pazuzu takes the bait and takes near full control of the priest and attempts to kill Regan, but Karras gains control again and remains in control enough to leap from the window and down a flight of stairs, mortally wounding himself and driving Pazuzu out of his body and back to Hell. Whilst the dying priest is accompanied with his friend giving him his last rites, a local police chief, who doesn't believe in Demon possession, begins revealing his theory of the situation and that Regan is a murderer. Noone seems to agree with him.

With the demon banished, Regan and her family move from the house and try to forget about their awful past. Regan, however, shows gratitude for the church´s effort in saving her by giving the priest´s friend a goodbye kiss, when he appears to say goodbye to them all. After that he looks at the scene a last time and moves away, too.

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