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Pushing the Boundaries: The Exorcist (1973) 4K Restoration

Opens on August 16

Director: William Friedkin Run Time: 122 min. Rating: R Release Year: 1973

Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Jason Miller, Lee J. Cobb, Linda Blair, Max von Sydow

Country: United States
Language: English, Latin


The 1970s: Pushing the Boundaries

A Film Center retrospective on the most groundbreaking films to come out of the 1970s.


About the film:

William Friedkin directs one of the most horrifying movies ever made. When a charming 12-year-old girl takes on the characteristics and voices of others, doctors say there is nothing they can do.

“‘The Exorcist’ is one of the best movies of its type ever made; it not only transcends the genre of terror, horror, and the supernatural, but it transcends such serious, ambitious efforts”

-Roger Ebert

As people begin to die, the girl’s mother realizes her daughter has been possessed by the devil–and that her daughter’s only possible hope lies with two priests and the ancient rite of demonic exorcism.

About the filmmaker:

William Friedkin is an American film director and television producer. Friedkin began his career working on Documentaries in the 1960s. Some of his notable works include The Boys in the Band (1970), Sorcerer (1977), and The Brink’s Job (1978). He became most known for The French Connection (1971), a crime thriller which won five Academy Awards, and The Exorcist (1973), which earned Friedkin an Academy Award for Best Director.

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