Special features include original trailers, commentary by William Friedkin; TV and radio spots
Originally released as a motion picture in 1973
Based on the novel by William Peter Blatty
Academy Awards, 1973: Best Sound (Robert Knudson, Christopher Newman;and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium, William Peter Blatt
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Fairly faithful to the book with a truly terrifying performance by Linda Blair.
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Frightening or Intense Scenes: There's plenty of graphic gore and gruesome make-up effects.
Violence: This title contains Violence.
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Chris: How do you go about getting an exorcism?
Karras: I beg your pardon? Well, the first thing - I'd have to get into a time machine and get back to the 16th century...Well, it just doesn't happen any more, Mrs. MacNeil...since we learned about mental illness, paranoia, schizophrenia...Since the day I joined the Jesuits, I've never met one priest who has performed an exorcism. Not one.
Demon: "Give us time... Let the girl die... I am no one... I am no one... Fear the priest... Fear the priest... Merrin... Merrin..."
Father Damien Karras: (praying over Merrin's body) "Ego te absolvo in nomine Patris, et Filiii, et Spiritus Sancti. Amen."
Father Damien Karras: "Why her? Why this girl?" Father Merrin: "I think the point is to make us despair. To see ourselves as... animal and ugly. To make us reject the possibility that God could love us."
"If movies are, among other things, opportunities for escapism, then "The Exorcist" is one of the most powerful ever made. Our objections, our questions, occur in an intellectual context after the movie has ended. During the movie there are no reservations, but only experiences. We feel shock, horror, nausea, fear, and some small measure of dogged hope. Rarely do movies affect us so deeply." -Roger Ebert, Dec. 26, 1973
Demon: Your mother's in here, Karras. Would you like to leave a message? I'll see that she gets it.
Demon: I'm not Regan.
Father Damien Karras: Well, then let's introduce ourselves. I'm Damien Karras.
Demon: And I'm the Devil. Now kindly undo these straps.
Father Damien Karras: If you're the Devil, why not make the straps disappear?
Demon: That's much too vulgar a display of power, Karras.
Demon: What an excellent day for an exorcism.
Father Damien Karras: You would like that?
Father Damien Karras: But wouldn't that drive you out of Regan?
Demon: It would bring us together.
Father Damien Karras: You and Regan?
Demon: You and us.