The Exorcist (1973)
Theatrical release poster
Directed by William Friedkin
Produced by William Peter Blatty
Noel Marshall
Screenplay by William Peter Blatty
Based on The Exorcist by
William Peter Blatty
Starring Ellen Burstyn
Linda Blair
Max von Sydow
Jason Miller
Lee J. Cobb
Mercedes McCambridge
Music by Jack Nitzsche
Mike Oldfield (Theme)
Cinematography Owen Roizman
Editing by Norman Gay
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) December 26, 1973 (1973-12-26)
Running time 122 minutes
132 minutes (Director's cut)
Country United States
Language English
Budget $12 million
Box office $441,071,011

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

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