The Exorcist was released theatrically in the United States by Warner Bros. on December 26, 1973. The film earned ten Academy Award nominations—winning two (Best Sound and Best Adapted Screenplay), and losing Best Picture to The Sting.
When a teenager is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.
- Ellen Burstyn as Chris MacNeil
- Linda Blair as Regan MacNeil
- Max von Sydow as Father Lankester Merrin
- Jason Miller as Father Damien Karras
- Lee J. Cobb as Lieutenant William F. Kinderman
- Mercedes McCambridge as Pazuzu's voice
- Eileen Dietz as Pazuzu's face
- Kitty Winn as Sharon Spencer
- Jack MacGowran as Burke Dennings
- William O'Malley as Father Joseph Dyer
- Arthur Storch as the Psychiatrist
- Andre Trottier as the Priest's assistant