Director: William Friedkin
Writer(s): William Peter Blatty
Cast: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow and Linda Blair
Awards: Won the Academy Award for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (1974)
Controversial and popular from the moment it opened, THE EXORCIST endures as a defining classic that influenced movies afterward and still shocks and haunts today. The frightening and realistic tale of an innocent girl inhabited by a terrifying entity, her mother’s frantic resolve to save her and two priests – one doubt-ridden, the other a rock of faith – joined in battling ultimate evil always leaves viewers breathless.