The Exorcist

The Exorcist

The Exorcist

William Friedkin's masterful horror, considered by many as one of the scariest films of all time. Winner of two Oscars and four Golden Globes in 1973.

When teenager Regan (Linda Blair) is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother (Ellen Burstyn) seeks the help of two priests (Max von Sydow, Jason Miller) to save her daughter.

There have been several re-releases and Director's Cut versions, notably including the infamous spider-walk scene in which Regan scurries down stairs on all fours, arched over backwards, and vomits blood.

Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Sound at the Academy Awards, 1973. Best Film (Drama), Director, Supporting Actress, Screenplay at the Golden Globes, 1973.
1973Rating: R18+, Adult themes, Supernatural themes122 minsUSAEnglish, Latin, Greek, French, German and Arabic with English subtitles
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The Exorcist / Reviews

TV Guide

TV Guide

Just as some of the footage deepens what is already there, additions in final reel, though closer to Blatty’s wishes, restate the obvious or add a feel-good patina which pushes the film closer to our own audience-pleasing period than the more daring early ’70s. [2000 re-release]

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New York Post

New York Post

But his very lack of subtlety is both the strength and weakness of The Exorcist in the 21st century. [2000 re-release]

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Fans should see it again, first-timers should believe the hype. Non-believers should suffer eternal damnation. [2000 re-release]

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Variety

Variety

The well cast film makes credible in powerful laymen's terms the rare phenomenon of diabolic possession.

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Total Film

Total Film

This film's banned because it's too convincing.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

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

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

Rarely do movies affect us so deeply.

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