The Exorcist Movies & Media Adaptations

William Peter Blatty
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While The Exorcist was already a best-selling book, the motion picture version made it a cultural phenomenon.

The motion picture, scripted and produced by Blatty and directed by William Friedkin, debuted the day after Christmas, 1973. Controversially released with an R rather than an X rating, it was picketed by churches, while people lined up for hours to get in. Reports spread—no doubt exaggerated, but based on reality—of people fainting and vomiting in the theaters; soon, there was also a rash of people fearing that they themselves were possessed. Commentators such as Father Richard Woods and others toured campuses, lecturing on exorcism and the supernatural, while theology was revived as a popular topic.

The acting drew general praise, even from critics who disliked the movie as a whole. The most controversial casting, of course, was allowing a young girl to act in a motion picture that...

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Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults
The Exorcist from Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
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