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The Exorcist

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Fifty years ago (next year), William Friedkin’s The Exorcist redefined screen terror with its slow but atmospheric build up mounting to a sustained crescendo of graphic, visceral horror. Audiences had never seen special effects like these before, and reacted with panic and revulsion – as if Satan himself was at loose in this film.

Thirteen-year-old Linda Blair is Regan, the movie star daughter who is possessed by a demon, and whose body becomes a spiritual battleground. Even today, if you have never seen this movie before, you have never seen anything that can match it for sheer unadulterated horror.

(Screening the 2000 restoration)

William Friedkin’s The French Connection also screens in Ragged Glory: Summer in the 70s.

Some movies aren’t just movies. They’re closer to voodoo — they channel currents larger and more powerful than themselves.

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

It stimulates and rewards, time and time again.

Andrew Collins, Empire

Director

William Friedkin

Cast

Linda Blair, Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb

Credits
Country of Origin

USA

Year

1973

Language

English

19+
132 min

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Credits

Executive Producer

Noel Marshall

Producer

William Peter Blatty

Screenwriter

William Peter Blatty

Cinematography

Owen Roizman

Editor

Norman Gay, Evan A. Lottman

Original Music

Jack Nitzsche

Production Design

Bill Malley

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