Exorcist: The Beginning

Exorcist: The Beginning

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Director: Renny Harlin

Cast: Renny Harlin, Stellan Skarsgård, Izabella Scorupco, James D'Arcy

     
 

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Planned for years, but plagued by problems such as the death of director John Frankenheimer before production had even begun and the exiting of star Liam Neeson, the fourth installment of the Exorcist saga finally got off the ground with Paul Schrader (Affliction, Auto Focus) behind the camera and Stellan Skarsgård filling the shoes left empty bySee more details below

Overview

Planned for years, but plagued by problems such as the death of director John Frankenheimer before production had even begun and the exiting of star Liam Neeson, the fourth installment of the Exorcist saga finally got off the ground with Paul Schrader (Affliction, Auto Focus) behind the camera and Stellan Skarsgård filling the shoes left empty by Neeson. But the pitfalls didn't stop there, as Morgan Creek decided against their initial approach assigned to Schrader after seeing his finished cut, and hired Renny Harlin to reshoot the film with extra gore and head-spinning nastiness. The first prequel in the series, Exorcist: The Beginning is based upon events occurring before the first film. Playing the character made famous by Max von Sydow in the earlier films, this entry finds Skarsgård as a young Father Merrin facing true evil for the first time in Africa in the wake of World War II. When a young local boy begins to behave strangely, it becomes more and more apparent to Merrin that the child is a victim of demonic possession. Boasting a first-time screenplay by best-selling novelist Caleb Carr (The Alienist), Exorcist: The Beginning features a supporting cast headed by Izabella Scorupco (GoldenEye) and James D'Arcy (Master And Commander).

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/01/2005
UPC:
0085392467426
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:53:00
Sales rank:
47,951

Special Features

Commentary by director Renny Harlin; Behind-the-scenes featurette; Theatrical trailer; Subtitles: English, Français, Español

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stellan Skarsgård Father Lankester Merrin
Izabella Scorupco Sarah
James D'Arcy Father William Francis
Remy Sweeney Joseph
Julian Wadham Major Granville
Andrew French Chuma
Ralph Brown Seargent Major
Ben Cross Semelier
David Bradley Father Gionetti
Alan Ford Jeffries
Antonie Kamerling Lieutenant Kessel
Eddie Osei Emekwi
Israel Adurama Jomo
Patrick O'Kane Bession
James Bellamy James
Cecilia Amati Little Dutch Girl
Matti Ristinsen Medieval Priest
Lidia Darly Sebutuana's Wife
James Paparella Boy in Market
Silvio Jimenez Hernandez Stricken Turkana Worker
Yemi Ajibade Turkana Shaman
Michel Leroy Tribesman in Hospital
John Sesay Turkana Warrior #1
Sayoh Lahai Turkana Warrior #2
Alessandro Casula Preacher with Pazuzu
Roberto Purvis Corporal Finn
Lizzy Vocalist
Indiana Woodward Little Girl Vocalist
Herbert Beckir Conductor

Technical Credits
Renny Harlin Director
Mohamed Ali Stunts
Davide Ambrosi Stunts
Giorgio Antonini Stunts
Herbert Beckir Musical Arrangement
Mark Berger Musical Direction/Supervision
Alfredo Betro Camera Operator
Danilo Bollettini Special Effects Supervisor
Alessandro Borjese Stunts
Caleb Carr Original Story
Aaron Dem Executive Producer
Pam Dixon Casting
Bruce Franklin Asst. Director
Giovanni Gebbia Camera Operator
Mark Goldblatt Editor
Alexi Hawley Screenwriter
Akouala Cristel Julien Stunts
Professor Geoffrey Kahn Consultant/advisor
Bonnie Kanner Executive Producer
Jeff Kleiser Executive Producer
Tom Leeser Producer
Paul Linford Score Composer
Guy McElwaine Executive Producer
Todd E. Miller Editor
Michael C. Moore Sound/Sound Designer
Jerome Morin Executive Producer
Wayne Morris Co-producer
Alessandro Novelli Stunts
Stefano M. Ortolani Production Designer
Wilson Peres Stunts
Trevor Rabin Score Composer
Luke Reichle Costumes/Costume Designer
David C. Robinson Executive Producer
James G. Robinson Producer
Tatiana Romanova Stunts
Enrico Salamon Stunts
Vittorio Storaro Cinematographer
Paolo Susani Stunts
Sync Or Swim Action Director
Diego Tomassini Stunts
Gary J. Tunnicliffe Makeup Special Effects
Eugenio Ulissi Art Director
Claire Jane Vranian Makeup Special Effects
Diana Walczak Executive Producer
William Wisher Original Story

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Prologue: Evil's Grasp [3:22]
2. Where no Church Should Be [5:43]
3. Evil Spirits? [4:25]
4. Excavation Site [4:30]
5. Pointed Downward [5:08]
6. Best View of God [3:49]
7. God is not Here Today [2:33]
8. Hyenas Attack [2:53]
9. Bession Frees Himself [4:49]
10. He's Coming for You [3:10]
11. Drawn to Each Other [4:29]
12. Cursed Event [4:24]
13. Pazuzu's Chamber [2:22]
14. Facing Horror [2:54]
15. Nothing Left to Bleed? [4:49]
16. Calling in the Military [4:10]
17. Exorcism Frenzy [1:31]
18. Choose, Priest [3:08]
19. Where Lucifer Fell [2:15]
20. The Evil Inside [3:05]
21. Taking Wings [2:50]
22. Truly Possessed [2:21]
23. Rampant Slaughter [5:54]
24. Forgive My Disbelief [2:43]
25. Tunnel of Blood [4:23]
26. The Whore is Mine [2:28]
27. I Cast You Out [4:00]
28. With God [2:29]
29. Father Merrin [4:11]
30. End Credits [1:10]

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