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Actors: Timothy Dalton, Henry Czerny, Jonathan Malen, Michael Rhoades, Shannon Lawson
Director: Steven E. de Souza
Genres: Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Timothy Dalton stars as Father Bowdern, the priest who battled the devil for the soul of a child. Suffering unspeakable horrors and witnessing incredible evil, he must overcome his doubts and face his fears. Based on the a... more »
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Robbi C. (silverscreensilent22) from WEBSTER GRVS, MO
Reviewed on 4/9/2011...
I'm sure the real-life priests weren't that polished or good-looking or capable of such witty dialogue, but these guys sure were fun to watch. "Possessed" is an entertaining dramatization of the famous 1949 exorcism of a young boy in St. Louis, MO. The filmmakers took some liberties with the real story, but I guess that's to be expected of an enjoyable Showtime movie.
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Better than expected tale of demonic possession
F. J. Harvey | Birmingham England | 11/04/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Possessed is based on the same book which inspired William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist and the classic Friedkin movie .It is not a classic ,unlike the Friedkin movie ,but it struck me as a notch or two above the usual TV movie treatment of supernatural themes.
Timothy Dalton plays the war veteran priest,a man who bears both physical and emotional scars from his world war 2 experiences in the Ardennes,and who is called upon to do battle with Satan for the soul of a possessed boy,Robbie.He does so in the face of official scepticism from the Archbishop -played with silky insouciance by the always reliable Christopher Plummer-a man more obsessed by the political (Conservative)role of the Church than by matters spiritual.
The exorcism scenes are a tad below the emotional intensity of similar scenes in The Exorcist but do carry a frisson or two and the movie is decently acted and directed.I was struck by the links made between the possession of the boy and the political climate of the time with the paranoia of McCarthyism being explicitly invoked in one brief scene.The movie takes place against the rise of the Civil Rights movement and we glimpse the beginnings of television evangelism and the concern of the Church with Nielsen ratings and image.If the truth conflicts with image ,bury the truth-or so runs the official line as seen in the movie
It wont replace The Exorcist or The Omen in the pantheon of classic possession movies but its sturdy second string material and engages interest throughout."
THE REAL DEAL!
F. J. Harvey | 01/12/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A scrupulously faithful dramatization of Thomas B. Allen's outstanding book!As a Catholic familiar with the St. Louis exorcism, I deeply appreciated the honesty and integrity of this film and the fact that it eschewed the histrionics and inaccuracies of William Friedkin's The Exorcist."
Find more of what was needed in The Exorcist here.
J. A., Lieder | Warwick, Rhode Island, USA | 05/28/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I enjoyed this film a lot more than any or all of the Exorcist films, primarily because it tends to stick a little closer to the facts in the case (yes it still throws hollywood tricks in to make it more exciting) and details more of the innner life of the priests. Timothy Dalton is great and his camaraderie with the other priest in the story is terrific. When I saw any version of The Exorcist I was always fascinated by the priests and wanted more of their stories and their struggles. This movie gives you more of that and shows them realistically faltering on their own to learn about and perform the exorcism rite. No exorcism film comes closer to the real facts (internet study shows it was not quite so fantastic as this film or any makes out) or is more entertaining than this one."