The Exorcist (1973)

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When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.



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  • Ellen Burstyn and Barton Heyman in The Exorcist (1973)
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William Friedkin


William Peter Blatty (written for the screen by), William Peter Blatty (novel)

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The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Ellen Burstyn, Mercedes McCambridge and William Peter Blatty (cameo uncredited role) and four Oscar nominees: Linda Blair, Max von Sydow, Jason Miller and Lee J. Cobb


Boy: They've found something... small pieces.


William Peter Blatty closely modeled the exorcism scene on the actual rite of exorcism in the Church's "Rituale Romanum". Father Merrin can be seen opening a copy of the Rituale in the scene in question. However, the priests depart from the Rituale in two important details. First, there should have been four people (apart from Regan) in the room during the exorcism: the exorcist himself; an assistant priest to take over in case the exorcist died midway through; a member of the victim's family of the same sex as the victim, to help restrain her; and a doctor, to (among other things) administer any medication that was needed. Due to the "2 Priest rule", Fr Merrin should have delayed the second round of the exorcism and phoned the bishop to get a replacement for Fr Karras, instead of trying to tackle it on his own.

Crazy Credits

There are no opening credits after the title. Although it is commonplace now, it was unheard of in 1973.


Release Date:

26 December 1973


English, Latin, Greek, French, German, Arabic, Kurdish

Country of Origin


Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£151,714 (UK) (21 June 1998)


$232,906,145 (USA)

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