The Exorcist (1973) (3.5/4)

Exorcist, The

Based on the 1971 novel by William Peter Blatty, The Exorcist marries three different scenarios into one extraordinary plot. A visiting actress in Washington, D.C., notices dramatic and dangerous changes in the behavior and physical make-up of her 12-year-old daughter. Meanwhile, a young priest at nearby Georgetown University begins to doubt his faith while dealing with his mother's terminal sickness. And, book-ending the story, a frail, elderly priest recognizes the necessity for a show-down with an old demonic enemy.

Directed by: William Friedkin
The cast includes: Ellen Burstyn (Chris MacNeil), Max von Sydow (Father Lankester Merrin), Lee J. Cobb (Lieutenant William Kinderman), Kitty Winn (Sharon Spencer), Jack MacGowran (Burke Dennings), Linda Blair (Regan Teresa MacNeil)
MPAA rating: , Running time: 122 minutes
Presented in: Color
Related titles: Exorcist II: The Heretic (1990), Exorcist: The Beginning (2004)
Related categories: Horror

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