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The Exorcist

The Exorcist is a influential and successful 1973 horror film directed by William Friedkin[?] and starring Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Jason Miller[?], Lee J. Cobb[?] and Linda Blair[?] (voice by Mercedes McCambridge[?]).

Based on a 1971 novel by William Peter Blatty[?] and adapted by him the film was a huge international hit, the most successful horror film ever. It was nominated for ten Academy Awards (won two) and also won four Golden Globes. For its time the film had a number of graphic and disturbing effects.

The plot is supposedly based on a true story. A young girl living in Georgetown, Washington becomes possessed by Pazuzu and undergoes a series of physical changes, as well as gaining certain malevolent powers. Chris MacNeil, Regan's mother, failed by medicine, turns to religion -- the girl is examined by a priest, Father Damien Karras, who is convinced of the diabolical nature of the case and turns to a second priest, Father Lankester Merrin, to perform an exorcism.

There were two sequels and innumerable rip-offs. A number of tales have also arisen from the making of the film, regarding accidents and deaths amongst the cast and crew.

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