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Thumbnail for The Exorcist (1973) The Exorcist (1973)

Basic Info Rusty's rating: 77
Category: Drama, Horror, Mystery/Noir/ThrillerNotable as: HorrorSub-Category: horror film, thriller, film adaptationMain subject: supernatural, demonNarrative location: Washington, D.C.Runtime: 120 - 132 minutesColor: colorLanguage: Arabic, Greek, English, Latin, German, FrenchCountry: United StatesFilming location: New York City, Mosul, Hatra, Georgetown, Warner Brothers Burbank Studios, Hell's Kitchen, Holy Trinity Catholic ChurchDirector: William FriedkinScreenwriter: William Peter BlattyBased on: The ExorcistMusic: Steve BoeddekerCinematography: Owen Roizman, Billy WilliamsStars: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Jason Miller, Lee J. Cobb, Kitty Winn, Linda Blair, Mercedes McCambridge, Barton Heyman, Jack MacGowran Producer: William Peter BlattyStudio: Warner Bros.Awards won: Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing
Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay (William Peter Blatty)
Golden Globe Award for Best Director (William Friedkin)
Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama (William Peter Blatty)
Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay (William Peter Blatty)
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture (Linda Blair)
National Film Registry
Award nominations: Academy Award for Best Actress (Ellen Burstyn)
Academy Award for Best Cinematography (Owen Roizman)
Academy Award for Best Director (William Friedkin)
Academy Award for Best Film Editing (Bud S. Smith, Evan A. Lottman)
Academy Award for Best Picture (William Peter Blatty)
Academy Award for Best Production Design
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (Jason Miller)
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (Linda Blair)
Award details: (details at IMDb)
Description

The Exorcist is a 1973 American supernatural horror film directed by William Friedkin, adapted by William Peter Blatty from his 1971 novel of the same name. The book, inspired by the 1949 exorcism case of Roland Doe, deals with the demonic possession of a 12-year-old girl and her mother's desperate attempts to win back her child through an exorcism conducted by two priests. The film features Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Jason Miller, Linda Blair, Lee J. Cobb, and Mercedes McCambridge. It is one of a cycle of "demonic child" films produced from the late 1960s to the mid-1970s, including Rosemary's Baby and The Omen. The Exorcist was released theatrically in the United States by Warner Bros. on December 26, 1973. The film earned 10 Academy Award nominations, winning two, and losing Best Picture to The Sting. It became one of the highest-grossing films of all time, grossing over $441 million worldwide. It is also the first horror film to be nominated for Best Picture. The film has had a significant influence on popular culture.


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