The Exorcist | 1973

Directed by: William Friedkin

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Main Plot

When a young girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.


  • Ellen Burstyn's character, Chris MacNeil, is the mother of a girl who becomes possessed by a demonic entity.
  • Max von Sydow plays the role of Father Merrin, an experienced and wise exorcist who is called to save a possessed girl.
  • Linda Blair's character, Regan, is possessed by a demon and her exorcism becomes the central focus of the film.

Ending Explained

In the ending of The Exorcist, Father Karras sacrifices himself by inviting the demon possessing Regan to enter his body instead. As the demon takes over Karras, he jumps out of the window, falling to his death. Regan is then freed from the possession and returns to her normal self. The film concludes with a shot of Father Dyer, a friend of Karras, standing at Karras's grave, indicating the lasting impact of the exorcism.

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William Friedkin Ellen Burstyn Max von Sydow Linda Blair