The Exorcist is a 1973 American horror film, adapted from the 1971 novel of the same name by William Peter Blatty, dealing with the demonic possession of a young girl, and her mother’s desperate attempts to win back her daughter through an exorcism conducted by two priests. The film features Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Max von Sydow, Kitty Winn, Lee J. Cobb, Jason Miller and Mercedes McCambridge. Both the film and novel took inspirations from a documented exorcism in 1949, performed on a 14-year-old boy. The Film is one of a cycle of \'demonic child\' movies, including The Omen series and Rosemary\'s Baby.
The film became one of the most profitable horror films of all time and has had significant impact on viewers, grossing $402,500,000 worldwide. The film earned ten Academy Award nominations—winning two, one for Best Sound and Best Adapted Screenplay. Although it did not win, it ran neck and neck with The Sting for Best Picture. Along with the novel on which it was based, Blatty\'s script has been published several times over the years.
Directed by William Friedkin
Produced by William Peter Blatty
Written by William Peter Blatty
Starring Ellen Burstyn
Max von Sydow
Release date(s) December 26, 1973
Running time Theatrical cut