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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
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|auth_author2||Blair, Linda, 1959-|
Blatty, William Peter.
Burstyn, Ellen, 1932-
Cobb, Lee J., 1911-1976.
MacGowran, Jack, 1918-1973.
Sydow, Max von, 1929-
Winn, Kitty, 1944-
Blatty, William Peter.
Blatty, William Peter.Exorcist.
Cobb, Lee J.,1911-1976.
Sydow, Max von,1929-
Warner Bros. Pictures (1969- )
Warner Home Video (Firm)
|display_description||The frightening and realistic tale of an innocent girl inhabited by a terrifying entity, her mother's frantic resolve to save her, and two priests, one doubt-ridden, the other a rock of faith, joined in battling ultimate evil. The extended director's cut includes over ten minutes of footage deleted before the film's 1973 release.|
|itype_catalog||FOL DVD Adult 1 week|
|local_callnumber_catalog||DVD FICTION EXORCIST|
|owning_library_catalog||Sacramento Public Library|
Demoniac possession -- Drama
Exorcism -- Drama
Films for the hearing impaired
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
|title_full||The exorcist [videorecording] / Warner Bros. Pictures ; a William Friedkin film ; written for the screen and produced by William Peter Blatty ; directed by William Friedkin|
The exorcist [videorecording] / Warner Bros. Produced by William Peter Blatty ; directed by William Friedkin