When Chris McNeil begins to notice strange things going on with her daughter, Regan, she takes her to the hospital. However, the doctors can't find anything wrong with Regan. Finally, believing that Regan is possessed by a demon, Mrs. MacNeil asks a priest who used to be psychiatrist, Damien Karras, to exorcise the demon.
Trivia: In the scene where Regan's mother is supernaturally blasted away from the bedside, she is being yanked by the crew by a length of rope. After dozens of takes director William Friedkin was still unhappy with the look of the shot and ordered the crew to haul her more fiercely. The scream in the shot that made the cut was of genuine pain and required no dubbing for effect.
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