The Exorcist Movie Review 1973

Information and Film Reviews for The Exorcist the Movie

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Truly terrifying story of a young girl who is possessed by a malevolent spirit. Brilliantly directed by Friedkin, with underlying themes of the workings and nature of fate. Impeccable casting and unforgettable, thought-provoking performances. A rare film that remains startling and engrossing with every viewing, it spawned countless imitations and changed the way horror films were made. Based on the bestseller by Blatty, who also wrote the screenplay. Not for the squeamish. When first released, the film created mass hysteria in theatres, with people fainting and paramedics on the scene.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 120 minutes.

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Supernatural Horror, Occult, Satanism, Nuns & Priests, Special FX Extravaganzas: Make-Up, Special FX Wizards: Dick Smith, Technicolor Yawn, Classic Horror, Top Grossing Films of 1973, Special FX Extravaganzas, Grim Reaper
William Peter Blatty
Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Jason Miller, Max von Sydow, Jack MacGowran, Lee J. Cobb, Kitty Winn, Barton Heyman, Peter Masterson
Owen Roizman, Billy Williams
William Friedkin
Jack Nitzsche
Mercedes McCambridge


Oscars 1973: Adapt. Screenplay, Sound; Golden Globes 1974: Director (Friedkin), Film--Drama, Screenplay, Support. Actress (Blair).

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