The Exorcist (1973) Film Review

The Exorcist

Film Actress Chris MacNeil (Ellen Burstyn) is a single mother whose twelve-year-old daughter starts showing some strange behaviours. All the doctors and scientists cannot find anything wrong, and the eventual decision is that she must have a psychological problem, even though her face is falling off and her body is turning in all strange and mysterious manners. Finally, Father Karras (Jason Miller) is called and is eventually convinced to get the church to organize the exorcist, Father Merrin (Max von Sydow).

It is a great film and thank goodness the special effects are quite dated otherwise I may well have collapsed into a pile of shivering fear. Though I did question the doubts that were expressed by all of them that she was possessed given the way she looked, acted and spoke. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the film, and as is often the case, there was so much more to it than the small parts I was familiar with from popular culture. And when her head spun around, I cheered – I’ve wanted to see that for so long!

The Exorcist won Oscars for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (William Peter Blatty) and Best Sound, and was nominated for Best Picture, Best Actress in a Leading Role (Ellen Burstyn), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Jason Miller), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Linda Blair), Best Director (William Friedkin), Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration and Best Film Editing.


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