In Irak, Father Merrin is disturbed by the discovery of an amulet representing the demon Pazuzu and his subsequent gruesome hallucinations. Meanwhile in Washington, the house of famous actress Chris MacNeil is troubled by weird phenomena: she is awakened at night by mysterious scratching noises coming from the attic while her daughter Regan complains that her bed is moving.
William Friedkin - Director
William Peter Blatty - Screenplay
William Peter Blatty - Producer
Owen Roizman - Director of Photography
Norman Gay - Editing
Evan A. Lottman - Editing
Linda Blair - Regan
Ellen Burstyn - Chris MacNeil
Max Von Sydow - Father Merrin
For sheer cinematic punch, it’s hard to equal the films of William Friedkin. In 1971, THE FRENCH CONNECTION was released to critical acclaim and won five Academy Awards, including for Best Picture and Best Director. Friedkin followed up with 1973’s THE EXORCIST which was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. Other films include SORCERER, TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A., RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, THE HUNTED, BUG, AND KILLER JOE.