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The Exorcist is a horror drama film about a twelve-year-old girl who is demonically possessed by a mysterious being, so her mother, a film actress, seeks out help from two priests who attempt to save her daughter. The film begins by showing the two priests problems with their own lives and the beginning of the girl's struggle with her demon. The girl is first suspected of having a lesion on her temporal lobe, but X-rays show that nothing is wrong. The girl is then sent to a psychiatrist, but still nothing changes and she is growing more violent. After paranormal events occur and all medical explanations have been exhausted, the mother seeks out to have an exorcism on her daughter. Directed by William Friedkin. Starring Linda Blair, Ellen Burstyn, and Max von Sydow. Based on the novel of the same name by William Peter Blatty.

The Exorcist received only mixed reviews upon its release, but it saw enormous success at the box office and at the Academy Awards. The movie won the Oscars for Best Sound and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium. However, it was also nominated for either other Oscar awards, including Best Picture. Continue reading for some quotes from the fantastic horror film The Exorcist.


Father Merrin: Especially important is the warning to avoid conversations with the demon. We may ask what is relevant but anything beyond that is dangerous. He is a liar. The demon is a liar. He will lie to confuse us. But he will also mix lies with the truth to attack us. The attack is psychological, Damien, and powerful. So don't listen to him. Remember that - do not listen.
Psychiatrist: Is there someone inside you?
Regan MacNeil: Sometimes.
Psychiatrist: Who is it?
Regan MacNeil: I don't know.
Psychiatrist: Is it Captain Howdy?
Regan MacNeil: I don't know.
Psychiatrist: If I ask him to tell me, will you let him answer?
Regan MacNeil: No.
Psychiatrist: Why not?
Regan MacNeil: I'm afraid.
Father Dyer: Listen, if you ever go up there again will you take me along?
Astronaut: What for?
Father Dyer: First missionary on Mars.
Demon: What an excellent day for an exorcism.
Father Damien Karras: You would like that?
Demon: Intensely.
Father Damien Karras: But wouldn't that drive you out of Regan?
Demon: It would bring us together.
Father Damien Karras: You and Regan?
Demon: You and us.
Father Damien Karras: There isn't a day in my life when I haven't felt like a fraud. I mean priests, doctors, I've talked to them all. I don't know anyone who hasn't felt that.
Demon: Your mother's in here, Karras. Would you like to leave a message? I'll see that she gets it.
Father Damien Karras: Take me. Come into me. God damn you. Take me. Take me.
Father Merrin: I cast you out! Unclean spirit!
Demon: Shove it up your ass, you faggot!
Father Merrin: In the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ! It is he who commands you! It is he who flung you from the gates of Heaven to the depths of Hell!
Demon: Fuck him!
Father Merrin: Be gone...
Demon: Fuck him, Karras! Fuck him!
Father Merrin: ...from this creature of God! Be gone! In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit!
Father Merrin, Father Damien Karras: The Power of Christ compels you!
Sharon Spencer: I should have known better. I'm sorry.
Chris MacNeil: Yeah, I guess you should have.
Sharon Spencer: How were the tests?
Chris MacNeil: We have to start looking for a shrink.
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