The Exorcist: Director's Cut

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When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.


  • Ellen Burstyn
  • Max von Sydow
  • Lee J. Cobb
  • Kitty Winn
  • Jack MacGowran
  • Jason Miller
  • Linda Blair
  • Reverend William O'Malley
  • Barton Heyman
  • Peter Masterson

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Rarely do movies affect us so deeply. The first time I saw Cries and Whispers, I found myself shrinking down in my seat, somehow trying to escape from the implications of Bergman’s story. The Exorcist also has that effect--but we’re not escaping from Friedkin’s implications, we’re shrinking back from the direct emotional experience he’s attacking us with. This movie doesn’t rest on the screen; it’s a frontal assault.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

This jolting tale of a 12-year-old girl possessed by the devil, her desperate movie actress mother and the two priests called in to exorcise the demon, actually seems a deeper movie now -- more intense, less formulaic or shallow. Yet it's also retained all its original hypnotic narrative grip. [2000 re-release]

Metacritic review by Michael Wilmington
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Through technical virtuosity at every artistic level -- including the brilliant acting debut of playwright Jason Miller as the doubt-filed priest who assists Von Sydow in the exorcism -- The Exorcist becomes more than a shocking movie: a film with a strong, positive force.

Metacritic review by Gene Siskel
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune