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The Exorcist - 1973 | Complete Story and Screenshots

Directed By William Friedkin - Screenplay by William Peter Blatty, Based on his own novel


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MERRIN: I would like you to go quickly across to the resdence, Damien, and gather up a cassock for myself, two surplices, a purple stole, and some holy water, and your copy of The Roman Ritual. The Large one. I believe we should begin.

KARRAS: Do you want to hear the background of the case, first?

MERRIN: Why?


We cut to Sharon sitting at a table listening to a radio. The noises from Regan's bedroom are making her jumpy. She place an earphone in her ear.


We then see Merrin holding a and praying. Chris approaches him quietly with a cup of coffee, (or tea, or something), trying not to disturb him. She steps over to the fireplace to get a fire going.

MERRIN: Thank you very much.


CHRIS: Would you like some brandy in that, Father?

MERRIN: Well, the doctors say I shouldn't. But thank God, my will is weak.

She takes the cup to add brandy.


UNIVERSITY STEPS: Karras is running down the steps carrying a the cassocks and a large case.

MERRIN (voice over): Especially important is the warning to avoid conversation with the demon.

STUDY: Karras and Merrin are dressing in vestments taken from the case.

MERRIN: We may ask what is relevant, but anything beyond that is dangerous. He,s a liar, the demon is a liar. He would lie to confuse us.


As Merrin talks, we see Chris sitting, staring intensely at nothing and then our view approaches Regan's bedroom door.

MERRIN: But he will also mix lies with the truth to attack us. The attack is psychological, Damien. And powerful. So don't listen, remember that, do not listen.

KARRAS: I think it would be helpful if I gave you some background on the different personalities Regan has manifested. So far, I'd say there seems to be three. She's convinced-

MERRIN (interrupts): There's only one.


SECOND FLOOR LANDING: Merrin and Karras, fully vested, Roman Rituals in hand, slowly ascend the stairs in single file. We can hear the demon making horrible, growling noises in the room. The priests approach Chris and Sharon, bundled in sweaters . The priests halt, and look at Chris.

MERRIN: What is your daughter's middle name, Mrs. MacNeil?

CHRIS: Teresa

MERRIN: What a lovely name.


REGAN'S BEDROOM: Merrin opens the door and sees Regan staring at him with burning eyes. Merrin steps into the room followed by Karras. Karras closes the door on Chris before she walks in. Merrin walks to the side of the bed and Karras halts at the foot. The room is freezing. Breath is condensing throughout. Merrin lays his holy water on the bedside table, takes a crucifix out of a leather case.


He then traces the sign of the cross at Regan. She looks up.

REGAN/DEMON: Stick your cock up her ass! You mother fucking, worthless cocksucker!

MERRIN: Be silent!


Merrin sprinkles some holy water on her. She throws her head back and cries in pain. Merrin leans down beside her and opens up The Roman Ritual.

MERRIN: Our Father who art in heaven...


Regan spits and hits Merrin in the eye with a yellowish glob of mucus that slowly oozes down his cheek. Karras starts to move towards Merrin then pauses as Merrin pulls out a handkerchief and unhurriedly wipes away the spittle.

MERRIN: Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day, our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation.

KARRAS: But deliver us from the evil one.

Regan is coughing and groaning as the two priests continue with the ritual.


MERRIN: Save me o' God by thy name, by thy might defend my cause, proud men have risen up against me, men of violence seek my life, but God is my helper, the Lord sustains my life and every need he has delivered to me, glory be to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

KARRAS: As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end, amen.

MERRIN: Save your servant.

KARRAS: Who places her trust in thee, my God.

MERRIN: Be unto her o' Lord a fortified tower.

KARRAS: In the face of the enemy.


Regan raises her head and screams at Merrin several times.

MERRIN: Let the enemy have no power over her.

KARRAS: And the son of iniquity be powerless to harm her.

REGAN/DEMON: Your mother sucks cocks in hell Karras, you faithless slime!

MERRIN: O'Lord hear my pray.


KARRAS: And let my cry come unto thee.

MERRIN: The Lord be with you.

KARRAS: And also with you.

MERRIN: Let us pray. Holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who once and for all consigned that fallen tyrant to the flames of hell. Who sent your only begotten son into the world to crush that roaring lion.


Regan's bed begins to jump up and down, crashing onto the floor. Regan continues to scream at the two priests.

MERRIN: Hasten to our call for help and snatch from ruination and from the clutches of the noonday devil, this human being made in your image and likeness. Strike terror Lord, into the beast, now laying waste in your vineyard, let your mighty hand cast him out of your servant, Regan Teresa MacNeil, so he may no longer hold captive this person, whom it pleased you to make in your image.


Merrin sprinkles more holy water on Regan. She falls back crying in pain.

MERRIN: ...and to redeem through your son. Who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the holy spirit, God forever and ever.

KARRAS: Amen

MERRIN: O'Lord hear my prayer.


To Karras' amazement the bed begins to rise. Merrin waits for Damien's reponse, but Karras is frozen with shock as the bed rises past his face.

MERRIN: Father Karras? Father Karras? Damien? The response please, Damien!

KARRAS: And let my cry come unto thee.


The bed crashes back to the floor. Regan still screams and writhes in pain. The image of Captain Howdy flashes on Regan/Demons' face for a fleeting moment.

MERRIN: Almighty Lord, word of God the father Jesus Christ, God and Lord of all creation, who gave to your holy apostles the power to tramp underfoot serpents and scorpions. Grant me, your unworthy servant pardon for all my sins...


REGAN/DEMON: Bastards! Stop!

Regan stares at Father Karras and snakes her abnormaly long tongue in and out at him.

MERRIN: ...and the power to confront this cruel demon.

KARRAS: Amen.


Regan falls back on her pillow and begins to groan. Both priests trace the sign of the cross. Merrin holds his purple stole to Regan's cheek as green vomit slowly oozes from her mouth. Regan turns her head and vomits on the stole.

MERRIN: See the cross of the Lord. Be gone you hostile power. O'Lord hear my prayer.

KARRAS: And let my cry come unto thee.


MERRIN: The Lord be with you.

KARRAS: And also with you.

Merrin takes the bile covered stole from around his neck and hands it to Karras who quickly washes it in Regan's bathroom. We hear banging, as cupboard doors open against the wall.


Regan is flat on her back laughing wickedly. Merrin holds his hands to his ears because of the noise. Karras hands the stole back to Merrin, who kisses it before applying around his neck.


Regan continues to laugh as Merrin begins to cough violently.


MERRIN: I cast you out!!! Unclean spirit...!

REGAN/DEMON: Shove it up your ass, you faggot!


The room begins suffering structural damage, the ceiling cracks, items fall off the wall, the I.V. stand smashes to the floor, and the bathroom door slams shut with a splintering crack.

MERRIN: ...in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ!!! It is he who commands you! He who flung you from the heights of Heaven to the depths of hell!





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