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The Exorcist Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Novelist William Peter Blatty based his best-seller on the last known Catholic-sanctioned exorcism in the United States. Blatty transformed the little boy in the 1949 incident into a little girl named Regan, played by 14-year-old Linda Blair. Suddenly prone to fits and bizarre behavior, Regan proves quite a handful for her actress-mother, Chris MacNeil (played by Ellen Burstyn, although Blatty reportedly based the character on his next-door neighbor Shirley MacLaine). When Regan gets completely out of hand, Chris calls in young priest Father Karras (Jason Miller), who becomes convinced that the girl is possessed by the Devil and that they must call in an exorcist: namely, Father Merrin (Max von Sydow). His foe proves to be no run-of-the-mill demon, and both the priest and the girl suffer numerous horrors during their struggles. The Exorcist received a theatrical rerelease in 2000, in a special edition that added 11 minutes of footage trimmed from the film's original release and digitally enhanced Chris Newman's Oscar-winning sound work. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:December 26, 1973

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jerry Wunderlich Best Art Direction 1973 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Norman Gay Best Editing 1973 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Knudson Best Sound 1973 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Linda Blair Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1973 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Linda Blair New Star of the Year - Female 1973 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Linda Blair Best Supporting Actress 1973 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Max von Sydow Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1973 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Owen Roizman Best Cinematography 1973 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Ellen Burstyn Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1973 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ellen Burstyn Best Actress 1973 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jason Miller Best Supporting Actor 1973 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association William Friedkin Best Director 1973 Winner
Directors Guild of America William Friedkin Best Director 1973 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences William Friedkin Best Director 1973 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association William Peter Blatty Best Screenplay 1973 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences William Peter Blatty Best Adapted Screenplay 1973 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences William Peter Blatty Best Picture 1973 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Bud Smith Best Editing 1973 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John C. Broderick Best Editing 1973 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Evan Lottman Best Editing 1973 Nominee

Cast

Ellen Burstyn
as Chris MacNeil
Linda Blair
as Regan MacNeil
Max von Sydow
as Father Merrin
Jason Miller
as Father Damien Karras
Kitty Winn
as Sharon
Lee J. Cobb
as Lt. Kinderman
Jack MacGowran
as Burke Dennings
Barton Heyman
as Dr. Klein
Peter Masterson
as Clinic Director
Rudolf Schundler
as Karl
Robert Symonds
as Dr. Tanney
Ron Faber
as Assistant Director
Donna Mitchell
as Mary Jo Perrin
Roy Cooper
as Jesuit Dean
Robert Gerringer
as Senator
Mercedes McCambridge
as The Demon
Vasiliki Maliaros
as Karras' Mother
Titos Vandis
as Karras' Uncle
Wallace Rooney
as Bishop
Vasiliki Maliaros
as Karras' Mother
Peter Masterson
as Clinic Director
Wallace Rooney
as Bishop
Robert Symonds
as Dr. Tanney
Robert Gerringer
as Senator
Roy Cooper
as Jesuit Dean
Donna Mitchell
as Mary Jo Perrin
Titos Vandis
as Karras' Uncle
Barton Heyman
as Dr. Klein
Mercedes McCambridge
as The Demon
Ron Faber
as Assistant Director
Rudolf Schundler
as Karl

Crew

William Friedkin
Director
William Peter Blatty
Producer
William Peter Blatty
Book Author
William Peter Blatty
Screenwriter
Owen Roizman
Cinematographer
George Crumb
Composer (Music Score)
Jack Nitzsche
Composer (Music Score)
Evan Lottman
Editor
Norman Gay
Editor
Noel Marshall
Executive Producer
Jerry Wunderlich
Set Designer
Jean-Louis Ducarme
Sound/Sound Designer
Buzz Knudson
Sound/Sound Designer
Gonzalo Gavira
Sound/Sound Designer
Marv Ystrom
Special Effects
Terry Donnelly
First Assistant Director
Rick Baker
Makeup Special Effects
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