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The Rite (2011)

PG-13 | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 28 January 2011 (USA)
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American seminary student Michael Kovak (Colin O'Donaghue) travels to Italy to take an exorcism course.

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Mikael Håfström

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Michael Petroni, Matt Baglio (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Hopkins ... Father Lucas Trevant
Colin O'Donoghue ... Michael Kovak
Alice Braga ... Angeline
Ciarán Hinds ... Father Xavier
Toby Jones ... Father Matthew
Rutger Hauer ... Istvan Kovak
Marta Gastini ... Rosaria
Maria Grazia Cucinotta ... Aunt Andria
Arianna Veronesi ... Francesca
Andrea Calligari Andrea Calligari ... Vincenzo
Chris Marquette ... Eddie
Torrey DeVitto ... Nina
Ben Cheetham ... Young Michael
Marija Karan ... Sandra
Rosa Pianeta Rosa Pianeta ... Woman in Exorcism Video
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Storyline

Michael Kovak (Colin O'Donaghue), the son of a funeral director grows indifferent to his father and joins a Seminary. On his way to the course completion, he is overwhelmed by a strong lack of faith. His religious beliefs are further jolted when he sees a young girl haplessly dying in a road accident for whom he reluctantly performs the ritual to absolve her sins. His mentor still believes in him and urges him to go to Italy to take an exorcism course hoping that he it would strengthen his faith in Christianity. In Italy, he attends a session from Father Xavier (Ciarán Hinds), who soon becomes aware of his skepticism. As a result he sends him to an eminent Jesuit exorcist, Father Lucas Trevant (Sir Anthony Hopkins), whose ways though questionable are quite effective. He witnesses the exorcism of a sixteen year old girl but still seems unconvinced. Father Lucas explains to him that it takes multiple sessions over a long stretch of time to completely free a victim from the demon. ... Written by who knows

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We all have our demons. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic material, violence, frightening images, and language including sexual references | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Hungary | Italy

Language:

English | Welsh | Italian | Latin | Russian | Hungarian

Release Date:

28 January 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El rito See more »

Filming Locations:

Blue Island, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$37,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,789,393, 30 January 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$33,047,633

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$97,143,987
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The language Istvan Kovak (Rutger Hauer) speaks is Hungarian. It can be translated as: "My love, my flower, my bliss." See more »

Goofs

After the exorcism scene, from the moment Colin O'Donoghue plays with the nail, he looses his American accent and Irish accent takes over for the whole scene when he talks with Anthony Hopkins. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Man#1: Don't be afraid.
Man#2: Do you believe in sin?
Woman: [whispering] There's nothing to believe.
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What follows is inspired by true events. The opening credits evaporate. The T in Rite is shaped like a Christian cross. The t's in the end credits are the same. See more »

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Damnable
1 February 2011 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"There's not a day in my life that I don't feel like a fraud. Other priests, doctors, lawyers - I talk to them all. I don't know anyone who hasn't felt that." Father Damien Karras, from The Exorcist (1973)

As a Jesuit-trained, fallen–away Catholic, I approach The Rite, starring Anthony Hopkins, with reverence. Then I revert to agnosticism because I can't believe this is a serious movie. Not only does it not bring anything new to understanding exorcism or demonic possession, its screenplay is tepid and its special effects hellaciously undercooked. The "argument-from-ignorance" fallacy (that no proof is actually proof, or something like that) is the basis for showing that the devil exists but is never explored enough to make that psycho-philosophical basis of the film interesting.

Young deacon Michael Kovak (Colin O'Donoghue) is sent to Father Lucas Trevant (Hopkins) in Rome to gain faith as he is about to abort his theology training for lack of it. Meeting Alice Braga's journalist Angeline (the film is never subtle) could test his faith once more, but he's devoted to getting out of his seminary contract and dissing the devil. Just another opportunity lost since the temptations of a woman could generate far more thrills than the lame, exorcist knock-off routine.

That Kovak is uncommonly handsome and Braga of the Sonia-Braga (Alice is her niece) sensuality is amusing while I recall the less-than-cinematic looking prelates and journalists I have known.

Hopkins, however, is easy to watch as always, here playing a veteran exorcist Jesuit, Father Lucas Trevant. In fact you can see Hannibal Lecter creep out now and then, and with the Rome setting get nostalgic for the Silence of the Lambs sequel failure.

I want to find something good to say because I tumbled the Exorcist steps at Georgetown with dates regularly, but I must cling again to agnosticism because I just don't know what's good about this film.


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