William Friedkin

USA, 1973 / 122 min / English OV with French subt. / Horror

William Friedkin Retrospective

When a 12-year-old girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her.

Chris McNeil, a visiting actress in Washington, D.C., notices dramatic and dangerous changes in the behaviour and physical make-up of her 12-year-old daughter, as if she was possessed by a paranormal entity. Meanwhile, a young priest at nearby Georgetown University begins to doubt his faith while dealing with his mother's terminal sickness. And, book-ending the story, a frail, elderly priest recognises the necessity for a show-down with an old demonic enemy. As the condition of the young girl deteriorates, Chris becomes increasingly desperate and, fearing for her life, calls upon two exorcists to save her daughter.


Thu 11/03 18:30 Ciné Utopia EN OV with FR subt. Public
  • Best Sound, Academy Awards, 1974 (USA)
  • Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium, Academy Awards, 1974 (USA)
  • Best Motion Picture – Drama, Golden Globes, 1974 (USA)
  • Best Director - Motion Picture, Golden Globes, 1974 (USA)
  • Best Screenplay - Motion Picture, Golden Globes, 1974 (USA)
  • Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture, Golden Globes, 1974 (USA)
  • Golden Scroll – Best Horror Film, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, 1975 (USA)
  • Golden Scroll – Best Writer, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, 1975 (USA)
  • Golden Scroll – Best Make-Up, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, 1975 (USA)
  • Golden Scroll – Best Special Effects, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, 1975 (USA)
Cast & Credits
Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb, Kitty Winn, Jack MacGowran, Jason Miller, Linda Blair
William Peter Blatty, based on his eponymous novel
Owen Roizman
Richard King, James Nelson
Billy Malley
Jack Nitzsche, Lalo Schifrin
Warner Bros., Hoya Productions

Born in 1935 in Chicago, William Friedkin started to learn filmmaking on television sets at the age of seventeen. In 1971, he rose to international fame and critical acclaim thanks to the film noir The French Connection, for which he received the Academy Award for Best Director. But he may be best known for The Exorcist (1973), one of the most terrifying films of all time, nominated for 10 Oscars. Besides directing such iconic action thrillers as To Live and Die in L.A. (1985) and Rampage (1988), William Friedkin has also been staging operas since 1998. His productions of Wozzeck, La fanciulla del West, or Samson and Delilah have toured some of the world’s most respected opera houses.

  • 2017 – The Devil and Father Amorth
  • 2011 – Killer Joe
  • 2006 – Bug
  • 2003 – The Hunted
  • 2000 – Rules of Engagement
  • 1997 – 12 Angry Men
  • 1995 – Jade
  • 1994 – Blue Chips
  • 1990 – The Guardian
  • 1987 – Rampage
  • 1985 – To Live and Die in L.A.
  • 1985 – The Twilight Zone: Little Boy Lost/Wish Bank/Nightcrawlers (1 episode of the TV series)
  • 1983 – Deal of the Century
  • 1980 – Cruising
  • 1978 – The Brink’s Job
  • 1977 – Sorcerer
  • 1975 – Fritz Lang Interviewed by William Friedkin (documentary)
  • 1973 – The Exorcist
  • 1971 – The French Connection
  • 1970 – The Boys in the Band
  • 1968 – The Night They Raided Minsky’s
  • 1968 – The Birthday Party
  • 1967 – Good Times