During the exorcism, Damien's faith and patience are tested over and over and he even listens again the “voice” of his defunct mother. That sound that once meant love and joy is now a bizarre sequence of words coming from the father of lies himself.
There are also those elements that make of this all-time classic an even more enjoyable experience: the representation of true friendship and loyalty (Chris and her assistant Sharon, played by Kitty Winn). The search for eternal peace (Damien’s wordless confession while dying as being held by his best friend, Father Joseph Dyer). And finally the presence of Detective Kinderman at the end, asking Father Dyer (Father William O'Malley) to go to the movies with him.
But appearances can be deceiving: the idea of evil represented in a possessed girl tied to her bed is also kind of naïve. So it is time to know about real evil: let’s find out about the most powerful nations promoting and supporting wars in Middle-East countries in order to own their natural resources and killing thousands of innocent men, children and women in the process.
That is the real face of evil. And this is the kind of wickedness that should be wiped off the face of the Earth, once and for all.
The Exorcist, 1973
Distributed by Warner Bros
Written and produced by William Peter Blatty
Directed by William Friedkin
Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair, Jason Miller, Lee J. Cobb, Kitty Winn, Jack MacGowran, Father William O'Malley
Cinematography: Owen Roizman
Edited by Norman Gay, Jordan Leondopoulos, Evan A. Lottman, Bud S. Smith
Music by Jack Nitzche