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Exorcist: The Beginning Details

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Planned for years, but plagued by problems such as the death of director John Frankenheimer before production had even begun and the exiting of star Liam Neeson, the fourth installment of the Exorcist saga finally got off the ground with Paul Schrader (Affliction, Auto Focus) behind the camera and Stellan Skarsgård filling the shoes left empty by Neeson. But the pitfalls didn't stop there, as Morgan Creek decided against their initial approach assigned to Schrader after seeing his finished cut, and hired Renny Harlin to reshoot the film with extra gore and head-spinning nastiness. The first prequel in the series, Exorcist: The Beginning is based upon events occurring before the first film. Playing the character made famous by Max von Sydow in the earlier films, this entry finds Skarsgård as a young Father Merrin facing true evil for the first time in Africa in the wake of World War II. When a young local boy begins to behave strangely, it becomes more and more apparent to Merrin that the child is a victim of demonic possession. Boasting a first-time screenplay by best-selling novelist Caleb Carr (The Alienist), Exorcist: The Beginning features a supporting cast headed by Izabella Scorupco (GoldenEye) and James D'Arcy (Master And Commander). ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

  • Release date:August 20, 2004

Cast

Stellan Skarsgård
as Father Lankester Merrin
Izabella Scorupco
as Sarah
James D'Arcy
as Father William Francis
Remy Sweeney
as Joseph
Julian Wadham
as Major Granville
Andrew French
as Chuma
Ralph Brown
as Seargent Major
Ben Cross
as Semelier
David Bradley
as Father Gionetti
Alan Ford
as Jeffries
Antonie Kamerling
as Lieutenant Kessel
Eddie Osei
as Emekwi
Israel Adurama
as Jomo
Patrick O'Kane
as Bession
Cecilia Amati
as Little Dutch Girl
Lidia Darly
as Sebutuana's Wife
James Paparella
as Boy in Market
Yemi Ajibade
as Turkana Shaman
John Sesay
as Turkana Warrior #1
Sayoh Lahai
as Turkana Warrior #2
Alessandro Casula
as Preacher with Pazuzu
Roberto Purvis
as Corporal Finn
Indiana Woodward
as Little Girl Vocalist
Lizzy X
as Vocalist

Crew

Renny Harlin
Director
Tom Leeser
Producer
James G. Robinson
Producer
Caleb Carr
Screen Story
Alexi Hawley
Screenwriter
Vittorio Storaro
Cinematographer
Herbert Beckir
Musical Arrangement
Trevor Rabin
Composer (Music Score)
Mark Berger
Musical Direction/Supervision
Mark Goldblatt
Editor
Todd E. Miller
Editor
Stefano M. Ortolani
Production Designer
Eugenio Ulissi
Art Director
Wayne Morris
Co-producer
Bonnie Kanner
Executive Producer
Jeff Kleiser
Executive Producer
Jerome Morin
Executive Producer
David C. Robinson
Executive Producer
Diana Walczak
Executive Producer
Guy McElwaine
Executive Producer
Aaron Dem
Executive Producer
Carlo Gervasi
Set Decorator
Luke Reichle
Costume Designer
Bruce Franklin
First Assistant Director
Alfredo Betro
Camera Operator
Giovanni Gebbia
Camera Operator
Giorgio Antonini
Stunts
Enrico Salamon
Stunts
Diego Tomassini
Stunts
Alessandro Borjese
Stunts
Alessandro Novelli
Stunts
Wilson Peres
Stunts
Tatiana Romanova
Stunts
Paolo Susani
Stunts
Pam Dixon
Casting
Jeremy Burns
Compositor
Kama Mo'iha
Compositor
Wayne Morris
Unit Production Manager
Frank Fleming
Recording
Bryan Blair
Special Effects Technician
Yoshio Tanimoto
Compositor
Yvonne Valdez
First Assistant Editor
Herbert Beckir
Conductor
Nini Mazen Shutan
Post Production Producer
Jodi Birdsong Ottman
Visual Effects Producer
Jr. Ray McIntyre
Visual Effects Producer
Paul Nightengale
Visual Effects Producer
Bernardino Nardoni
Construction Coordinator
Tim Aslam
Assistant Costume Designer
Tom Bellfort
Supervising Sound Editor
Tom Leeser
Visual Effects Supervisor
Tracy Takahashi
Visual Effects Producer
Trevor Goring
Storyboard Artist
Uann Laliberte
Compositor
Vincenzo Vedovato
Video Assist
Jason Kreller
Character Animation
Jeanette Surga
Music Editor
Blake Bolger
Special Effects Assistant
Gary J. Tunnicliffe
Makeup Special Effects
Pascal Ruest
Supervising Animator
Patrick Tasse
Character Animation
Philippe Roberge
Compositor
Piernicola Di Muro
Clapper Loader
Portia Belmont
Script Supervisor
Raffaella Iorio
Key Hairstylist
Richard Kidd
Visual Effects Supervisor
Barbara DeLeonardis
Hair Styles
Rob Reinhart
Compositor
Robert Alves
Character Animation
Roberto Gentili
Focus Puller
Sam Debree
Special Effects Assistant
Sergio Strizzi
Still Photographer
Shie Rozow
Assistant Music Editor
Spence Fuller
Compositor
Stefano Corridori
Special Effects Technician
Stefano Spadoni
Production Supervisor
Stephane Cote
Technical Director
Stephane Paradis
Compositor
Steve Ansell
First Assistant Editor
Mandy Tankenson
Visual Effects Producer
Marco Carosi
Second Unit Camera
Marco Foglia
Character Animation
Marco Martelli
Clapper Loader
Marco Scotti
Costumes Supervisor
Marie Trudeau
Production Coordinator
Joni Jacobson
Matte Artist
Juliette Mourez
Compositor
Lorenzo Monaca
Painter
Marlene Stoller
Hair Styles
Martin Larrivee
Compositor
Massimo Cardajoli
Special Effects Technician
Antonin Plante
Character Animation
Mathieu Blouin
Character Animation
Antonio Beccarisi
Head Carpenter
Mauro Berti
Costumes Assistant
Mauro Mieli
Swing Gang
Michel Frenette
Compositor
Ariel Velasco Shaw
Visual Effects Supervisor
Mo Henry
Negative Cutter
Nicolas Lamy
Character Animation
Oscar Beuselinck
Second Assistant Director
Danilo Bollettini
Special Effects Supervisor
Alessia Maggio
Art Department Assistant
Alessandro Chiodo
Clapper Loader
Dominic Hyman
Properties Master
Edo Brizio
Rotoscope Artist
Charles Granger
Compositor
Chris Del Conte
Visual Effects Producer
Christopher Lance
Compositor
Chuck Toussieng
Compositor
Claude Lauzon
Compositor
Cristin Pescosolido
Compositor
Cristina Cecili
Painter
Daniel Coupal
Compositor
Eric Harris
Painter
Emma Deacon
Special Effects Assistant
Emma Pittson
Character Animation
Emmanuel LaFrance
Compositor
Fabrizio Sforza
Makeup Supervisor
Federica Russo
Artistic Advisor
Federico Vianelli
Swing Gang
Filippo Fassetta
Second Assistant Director
Francois Beaudry
Technical Director
Frank D'Lorio
Compositor
Gabrizio Corbucci
Carpenter
Gemma Spina
Costumes Assistant
George Macri
Visual Effects Producer
Alp Altiner
Matte Artist
Gioncarlo De Leonardis
Hair Styles
Giovanni Gebbia
Steadicam Operator
Giovanni Lipari
Key Costumer
Giuseppe Cafagna
Painter
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