The Exorcist (The version you’ve never seen)

The extended cut of William Friedkin’s epochal classic now in circulation barely extends its original runtime—a few fleeting bits, some of which you might miss. That’s a good thing. If you haven’t seen The Exorcist lately, there are probably a few more scenes than you remember involving people in overcoats and scarves having concerned conversations. But Friedkin summons an air of creeping unease throughout, and once a Georgetown tween (Linda Blair) starts showing signs of demonic possession, the film still unnerves and shocks with considerable frequency and power. -LG

1973 William Friedkin. 1.85:1 Color DCP 121 min.