Regan is an adolescent girl, living with her mother in Georgetown in Washington. She exhibits strange symptoms, including levitation and great strength. When all medical possibilities are exhausted, her mother is sent to a priest who is also a psychiatrist. He becomes convinced that Regan is possessed and he and a second priest experienced in exorcism try to drive the spirit from Regan before she dies.
Whichever way you slice The Exorcist it stimulates and rewards, time and time again. Indeed, the kind of young male who raves about the pea soup and the masturbation scene is probably missing the whole point.
Reviewed by Andrew Collins
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