Exorcism of Emily Rose, The (2005, USA) C-119m. SCOPE *** D: Scott Derrickson. Starring Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson, Campbell Scott, Jennifer Carpenter, Colm Feore, Joshua Close, Mary Beth Hurt, Henry Czerny. Top-notch lawyer Linney takes up case of priest Wilkinson, who must stand trial for causing the death of 19-year-old Emily Rose during an exorcism ritual. The agnostic lawyer and the public doubt the stories of demonic possession, but Wilkinson maintains his viewpoint. In flashbacks we are told the story of Emily's exorcism. Unsettling, exciting mystery horror is well-written and brilliantly scored by Christopher Young. Based on a real case that happened in Germany in 1970! Needs not shy comparison with the classic 1973 EXORCIST. Unrated version runs 122m.

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