Rent The Exorcist (1973)

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1h 57min
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Synopsis:
The belief in evil - and that evil can be cast out. From these two strands of faith, author William Peter Blatty and director William Friedkin wove The Exorcist, the frightening and realistic story of an innocent girl inhabited by a malevolent entity.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
William Peter Blatty
Voiced By:
Mercedes McCambridge, Mason Curry
Writers:
William Peter Blatty
Others:
William Peter Blatty, Chris Newman, Fred Brown, Jordan Leondopoulos, Robert Knudson, Bud Smith, Buzz Knudson, Jean-Louis Ducarme, Bob Fine, Ross Taylor, Ron Nagle, Doc Siegel, Gonzalo Gavira, Hal Landaker, Norman Gay, Owen Roizman, Jerry Wunderlich, Evan Lottman, Bill Malley, Candy Clark
Studio:
Warner
Genres:
Classics, Horror
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Awards:

1974 Oscar Best Adapted Screen Play

1974 Oscar Best Sound

BBFC:
Release Date:
25/10/1999
Run Time:
117 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles:
Arabic, Bulgarian, English, English Hard of Hearing, Romanian
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Commentary from writer William Peter Blatty and director William Friedkin
  • 'The Fear Of God' documentary
  • 8 Trailers - Nobody Expected It, Beyond Comprehension, Flash Image, Exorcist 2: The Heretic, Fallen, Interview With A Vampire, Beetlejuice, Devil's Advocate
  • 6 TV spots - Beyond Comprehension, You Too Caan See The Exorcist, Between Science and Superstition, The Movie You've Been Waiting For, Nobody Expected It, Life Had Been Good
  • Sketches and storyboards
  • Interviews - The Original Cut, Stairway To Heaven, The Final Reckoning
BBFC:
Release Date:
08/04/2013
Run Time:
254 minutes
Languages:
Brazilian Portuguese Dolby Digital 2.0, Castilian Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1, English DTS-HD Master Audio 6.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1, German Dolby Digital 5.1, Hungarian Dolby Digital 2.0, Italian Dolby Digital 5.1, Latin American Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0, Polish Dolby Digital 2.0, Russian Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:
Brazilian, Castillian, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, German Hard of Hearing, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Italian Hard of Hearing, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Trailer
Disc 1:
This disc includes:
- Original Theatrical Version
Disc 2:
This disc includes:
- Extended Director's Cut
BBFC:
Release Date:
09/10/2023
Run Time:
254 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Atmos
Subtitles:
Cantonese, Castillian, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French Parisian, German Hard of Hearing, Italian Hard of Hearing, Korean, Latin American Spanish, Norwegian, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All
Bonus:
  • Commentary by Director William Friedkin
  • Commentary by Producer/Screenwriter William Peter Blatty
  • Introduction by William Friedkin
  • 3-part Documentary on the Movie's Production and Legacy
Disc 1:
This disc includes:
- Original Theatrical Version
Disc 2:
This disc includes:
- Extended Director's Cut

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Reviews (3) of The Exorcist

The Original Exorcist - The Exorcist review by CP Customer

Spoiler Alert
24/08/2008

For some reason in the 70's Hollywood produced a series of devil or occult themed films that have not been surpassed since. The Exorcist stands alongside The Omen as one of the most memorable.

It is not the gore-fest or out and out screamer that it would have been in today's effect heavy horror movies. Instead it slowly builds towards its climax, displaying the suffering of all those involved, whether it is the family, priests or the never better Linda Blair.

1 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Horror Epic. - The Exorcist review by Steve

Spoiler Alert
01/09/2021

This has an epic dimension, particularly in the early scenes of the exhumation of a satanic statue in Iraq. William Friekin was hot property and the visual effects are state of the art. The sound is extraordinary. It is from the era when horror began to attract big budgets and went on to make a fortune for Warner Brothers. 

Divorced from the hype, it no longer disturbs as it once did. We are an audience who has lived through its influence. But the profanities are startling. The ritualistic traditions of catholicism, with its medieval imagery and Latin ceremonies are unsettling. And the film draws on primal images of satan which are part of our communal childhood fears. The genre motifs still work.

It is interesting how much time is spent creating an impression of America in crisis. The poor man begging in a subway, the student protests. The US is socially and politically divided. The family is falling apart and there is a crisis of faith. And now the youth is going to hell... There is an impression that in the west, it's the right time for an anti-christ to re-enter the stage.

Max von Sydow is exceptional in the title role, going head to head with his satanic majesty. The 14 year old Linda Blair is also astonishing as the possessed child. And it feels like the demon has a personality. It's a key film of the '70s and new kind of horror. We been introduced to the devil before, but nowhere near as viscerally or explicitly. 

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Horror Film And a Masterpiece - The Exorcist review by GI

Spoiler Alert
31/08/2022

Of all the fantastic horror films that were released in the 1970s, for example The Omen and Carrie, The Exorcist still retains the power of controversy mostly due to false myths about the filmmaking process and the subsequent effects on young actor Linda Blair. As a demonic possession narrative it's still probably the most famous and the best, indeed it's a cinematic masterpiece. As a psychological horror it retains its ability to shock and disturb even when you've seen it many times. The film came out at a time of growing social despair in the US, a time of Vietnam, the collapse of the peace & love movement as murder and violence increased alongside Government corruption. The Exorcist tapped into the feeling that all was lost and targeted the innocent child in its story to amplify that despair and sense of dread. This is a horror film that doesn't rely on image to create its growing sense of fear but combines it with subtlety of script and thematic challenges to the safety of hearth and home, family and religion. It really is a great film and one of those that everyone should see (the Extended Cut is the one to go for, replacing scenes taken out but subsequently reintroduced by the director William Friedkin). Famous film actress Chris MacNeil (Ellen Burstyn) is making a movie in Washington. She has her 12 year old daughter Regan (Blair) accompany her there and they live in a large rental house. When Regan begins to show behavioural changes Chris becomes frustrated that the medical experts can find nothing wrong even though Regan's behaviour and strange things begin to worsen in the house. Desperate she confides in a young priest (Jason Miller), who is facing his own issues, and he agrees to perform an exorcism becoming convinced that Regan maybe possessed. The Church insists that experienced priest Father Merrin (Max Von Sydow) is summoned to perform the ceremony. Merrin and the demon have a history! With its infamous scenes of medical procedures (which are even more shocking when seen today) and some stomach churning stuff that occurs The Exorcist is a truly uncomfortable viewing experience but it's also enthralling and it thoroughly deserved its awards and nominations. The performances are all superb and include the great Lee J. Cobb as a detective who investigates some of the events that occur.

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