Ellen Burstyn as Chris MacNeil
Max Von Sydow as Father Merrin
Lee J. Cobb as Lt. Kinderman
Kitty Winn as Sharon
Jason Miller as Father Karras
Jack MacGowran as Burke Dennings
Linda Blair as Regan
William O'Malley as Father Dyer
Barton Heyman as Dr. Klein
Rudolf Schündler as Karl
Robert Symonds as Dr. Taney
Gina Petrushka as Willi
IRAQ - EXCAVATION SITE - NINEVEH: Pickaxes and shovels weld into the air as hundreds of excavators tear at the desert. The camera pans around the area where hundreds of Iraqi workmen dig for ancient finds. The caption Northern Iraq appears at the bottom of the screen as the digging continues.
The camera then follows a young boy running bare foot over the rocky mounds. He comes to a stop and the camera is positioned in between the boys legs looking at and aging man also digging.
YOUNG BOY (In Iraqi language): They found something... small pieces.
MERRIN (In Iraqi language): Where?
YOUNG BOY (In Iraqi language): At the base of the mound.
The boy runs off and the old man pulls himself to his feet to follow. The old man walks to the base of the mound where another man who looks in command is there to greet him.
MAN (In Iraqi language): Some interesting finds. Lamps, arrow-heads, coins...
The old man picks up an old pendant and holds it up.
MERRIN (In Iraqi language): This is strange!
The man dusts the pendant and takes a look.
MAN (In Iraqi language): Not of the same period.
The old man reaches into a hole in the rock, moving and re-arranging small rocks to see what he can find. He grabs a pickaxe and scrapes out a small sculpted piece of rock crushed into another. The man takes a dust brush from the man's pocket and brushes some dust from the sculpted rock.
As the dust is swept we see that it is a face. The old man recognizes it and looks worried. He brakes the sculpted rock away from the ordinary rock and takes a good look at it.
MARKET PLACE: An Iraqi man walks through the noisy crowd with a tray and up to the old man's table. He puts the drink on the table and watches as the old man opens a small pendant full of pills and puts one into his mouth. The old man is trembling with fear as he downs his drink. He puts the glass down and looks at the people around him. The man with the tray comes back to the old man's table and picks up the glass.
MAN WITH TRAY (In Iraqi language): Something else?
MERRIN (In Iraqi language): No. thank you.
The old man stands up and looks at the bus boy.