The Exorcist

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Released 1973

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Director:
William Friedkin
Released:
1973
Rating:
R
The Exorcist is a 1973 horror film based on the novel of the same name by William Peter Blatty and starring Ellen Burstyn and Linda Blair. The film tells the story Regan MacNeil (Blair), a twelve-year-old girl living in Georgetown. Regan's mother, Chris (Burstyn), is a movie star currently filming in Georgetown. Chris is a single mother who enjoys a loving and healthy relationship with her daughter. When Regan begins to act strangely, using foul language and experiencing seizures, Chris takes her to see a doctor. However, modern medicine can't identify the source of Regan's behavior. As Regan gets worse and worse, Chris turns to the only option left-the Catholic church, known for their exorcism ritual. This film, directed by William Friedkin, became the highest grossing film of all time and received rave reviews from critics. The Exorcist is a chilling film about a young girl seized by a vicious devil, and it received ten Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture.moreless

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  • 91

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Here, in paranoid, bad acid trip form, is the real birth of girl power.

  • 90

    Variety Robert Koehler

    This edition of the seminal example of genre sensationalism refined by the cream of Hollywood craftsmanship is more complicated than a standard director's cut.

  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Was and is a brilliant horror film, one with an archetypal ability to reach and disturb us. If I were showing The Exorcist to a friend, I would show the 1973 version without the sl...

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    Drama, Horror, Suspense

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    parent and child, hostile monsters, single parent, losing religion, temper tantrum