FANDOM


The Exorcist is a 1973 American supernatural horror directed by William Friedkin and produced and written by William Peter Blatty. It is based on the 1971 novel of the same name. The film earned ten Academy Award nominations—winning two (Best Sound and Best Adapted Screenplay), and losing Best Picture.

PlotEdit

When young Regan (Linda Blair) starts acting odd, levitating, speaking in tongues, her worried mother (Ellen Burstyn) seeks medical help, only to hit a dead end. A local priest (Jason Miller), however, thinks the girl may be seized by the devil. The priest makes a request to perform an exorcism, and the church sends in an expert (Max von Sydow) to help with the difficult job.

CastEdit

ReceptionEdit

Critical responseEdit

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 84% based on 76 reviews, with a rating average of 8.07/10. On Metacritic, the film has an average weighted score of 81 out of 100, based on 21 critics, indicating "universal acclaim". Roger Ebert gave the film a 4-out-of-4 star review, praising the actors (particularly Burstyn) and the convincing special effects. Ebert, while praising the film, believed the special effects to be unusually graphic.




External linksEdit

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.

Fandom may earn an affiliate commission on sales made from links on this page.

Stream the best stories.

Fandom may earn an affiliate commission on sales made from links on this page.

Get Disney+