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Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)

R | | Horror | 17 June 1977 (USA)
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A teenage girl once possessed by a demon finds that it still lurks within her. Meanwhile, a priest investigates the death of the girl's exorcist.

Director:

John Boorman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Blair ... Regan MacNeil
Richard Burton ... Father Philip Lamont
Louise Fletcher ... Dr. Gene Tuskin
Max von Sydow ... Father Merrin
Kitty Winn ... Sharon Spencer
Paul Henreid ... The Cardinal
James Earl Jones ... Older Kokumo
Ned Beatty ... Edwards
Belinda Beatty Belinda Beatty ... Liz (as Belinha Beatty)
Rose Portillo ... Spanish Girl
Barbara Cason ... Mrs. Phalor
Tiffany Kinney Tiffany Kinney ... Deaf Girl
Joey Green Joey Green ... Young Kokumo
Fiseha Dimetros Fiseha Dimetros ... Young Monk
Ken Renard ... Abbot
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Storyline

Dr. Gene Tuskin works with troubled children, perhaps none more troubled than Regan MacNeil, who suffers from bad dreams and repressed memories. The memories she represses are of the time she was possessed by a demon. Dr. Tuskin's invention, a device that hypnotizes two persons and links their minds together, reveals that the demon, named Pazuzu, still lurks within her. It is desperate to emerge again and wreak havoc. Meanwhile, Father Philip Lamont is ordered by his cardinal to investigate the death of Father Merrin, the priest who died while performing an exorcism on Regan. Father Lamont undertakes his task reluctantly. He feels unworthy of his assignment. He also feels that Evil is literally an entity and that this entity is winning the battle over Good. His investigation takes him to Africa where he locates another recipient of Merrin's exorcising and learns something fascinating and terrible about locusts. Written by J. Spurlin

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It's four years later...what does she remember? See more »

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Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Spanish

Release Date:

17 June 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Exorcist 2: The Heretic See more »

Filming Locations:

Kayenta, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,735,000, 19 June 1977, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$30,749,142
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (VHS)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

William O'Malley was contacted to reprise his role as Father Joseph Dyer from the first film. However, O'Malley was busy and could not take up the part, and the character of Father Dyer was changed to Father Philip Lamont. See more »

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The institution where Regan receives treatment has glass offices in which you can see the patients and their counselors with the only privacy being offered is by audio. Glass rooms in actual institutions usually have blinds/ curtains to provide visual privacy. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[theatrical version]
Possessed Woman: Father! Agh! Agh! Oh, Father!
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Crazy Credits

Tap Dance Routine Choreographed by Daniel Joseph Giaghi See more »

Alternate Versions

The Japanese NTSC Laserdisc contains the recut 110-minute version of the film. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Lullaby of Broadway
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played on the saxophone while Regan is tap dancing
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Don't Believe Everything You See...
5 January 2001 | by cchaseSee all my reviews

I was fortunate enough to see the extended, three-hour plus cut of this movie in its original preview run, and what I saw took my breath away. In its complete state, EXORCIST II: THE HERETIC could have very well been one of the best sequels ever made, worthy of mention in the same vein as ALIENS, GODFATHER 2 and even TERMINATOR 2. But in their corporate "wisdom," I have to assume that Warner Brothers figured that audiences were too impatient or too stupid to 'get' everything that the movie was trying to say, so they yanked creative control away from John Boorman, and recut it into the disjointed monstrosity that most moviegoers have had the enormous misfortune to see.

I dream that someday Mr. Boorman will be able to restore it and release a deluxe DVD edition that will leave both film buffs and critics alike absolutely speechless...and I mean in a GOOD way. Assuming, of course, that the vital footage has not been lost forever. Until then, this version deserves every bit of the ridicule it has received and then some. Die hard fans of the featured actors may still want to catch it, because the discerning eye will be able to tell from the performances of Burton, Blair, Fletcher and Kitty Winn that there's a lot of "between-the-lines" material that is missing, thereby rendering great performances from everyone involved into massive attacks of something resembling cinematic Tourette's Syndrome.

And even with the way it was wrecked, regardless of popular opinion, I still consider the score to be among the best that Morricone has ever composed for any film, (with his absolute best a tie between ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST and THE UNTOUCHABLES.)


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