The Exorcist script
The Exorcist (1973)
Synopsis: One of the most profitable horror movies ever made, this tale of an exorcism is based loosely on actual events. When young Regan (Linda Blair) starts acting odd -- levitating, speaking in tongues -- her worried mother (Ellen Burstyn) seeks medical help, only to hit a dead end. A local priest (Jason Miller), however, thinks the girl may be seized by the devil. The priest makes a request to perform an exorcism, and the church sends in an expert (Max von Sydow) to help with the difficult job.

EXTERIOR - IRAQ- NINEVEH- DAY

The old man arrives back at that dig site in a small jeep. As he

pulls up two armed guards rush out. When they see who it is the

old man gives them a wave and they slowly walk back to there

quarters. The old man walks up the rocky mound and sees a huge

statue of the demon Pazuzu, which has the head of the small rock

he earlier found. He climbs to a higher point to get a closer

look. When he reaches the highest point he looks at the statue

dead on. He then turns his head as we hear rocks falling and sees

a guard standing behind him. He then turns again when he hears

two dogs savagely attacking each other. The noise is something of

an evil nature. He looks again at the statue and we are then

presented with a classic stand off side view of the old man and

the statue as the noises rage on. We then fade to the sun slowly

setting as the noises lower in volume.

EXTERIOR- GEORGETOWN- CITY STREETS- EARLY HOURS

We are transformed from the blazing suns of Iraq to the dusk of

Washington. As the cross fade is made, the caption GEORGETOWN

appears at the bottom of the screen. We slowly zoom in on a house

in the distance.

INTERIOR- MACNEIL HOUSE- CHRIS' BEDROOM- EARLY HOURS

A small light is switched on by Chris MacNeil, a woman in her mid

thirties, mother and famous actress. She is clad in her night

clothes lying in bed, examining lines from a script. She is

disturbed by a scratching noise that seems to be coming from

outside her room. She looks over her shoulder to hear for it

again. When it does happen again she climbs out of bed and puts

her robe on. She walks toward the bedroom door and exits to the

hall.

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William Friedkin

William Friedkin (born August 29, 1935) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter best known for directing The French Connection in 1971 and The Exorcist in 1973; for the former, he won the Academy Award for Best Director. Some of his other films include Sorcerer, Cruising, To Live and Die in L.A., Jade, Rules of Engagement, The Hunted, Bug, and Killer Joe. more…

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