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.

INTERIOR- MACNEIL HOUSE- HALLWAY-EARLY HOURS

Chris walks through the dark hallway toward her daughters room,

as she passes the attic hatch she hears the noise again and it

appears to be coming from the attic. She walks into Regan's (her

daughter)

room and sees that the window is wide open and she is on top of

her bed covers. Chris walks in and shivers because of the cold

night air which enters through the open window. As Chris

approaches the window another scratch is heard from the attic.

Chris takes no notice and closes the window. She then walks round

Regan's bed and puts the covers back over her, she tucks her in

and strokes her face.

CHRIS:

(Whispering)

I sure do love you.

Chris kisses Regan and turns away.

INTERIOR- MACNEIL HOUSE- KITCHEN- MORNING

Chris walks into the kitchen in her robe, with a pen in her mouth

and her script in her hands. She is greeted by Willie an ageing,

Swiss house maid.

CHRIS:

Morning.

WILLIE:

Good morning Mrs. MacNeil.

CHRIS:

How are you today?

WILLIE:

Fine thank you.

CHRIS:

That's good.

Chris puts the script and pen on the table and lifts the coffee

pot to pour her self a mug. Willie offers to do it for her but

Chris refuses.

CHRIS:

It's okay I got it, thanks.

Willie returns to making breakfast as the ageing, Swiss, butler

Karl walks in.

KARL:

Good morning Madame.

CHRIS:

Good morning Karl. Oh Karl, we've got rats in the attic you

better get some traps.

KARL:

Rats?

CHRIS:

Uh huh. 'Fraid so.

Chris walks to the fridge with her cup of coffee.

KARL:

But it's clean?

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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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