The Exorcism of Emily Rose

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6.71 h 59 min2005X-RayPG-13
A thrilling horror film about a lawyer (Linney), who takes on a negligent homicide case involving a priest (Wilkinson) who performed an exorcism on a young girl.
Directors
Scott Derrickson
Starring
Laura LinneyTom WilkinsonCampbell Scott
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DramaHorrorSuspense
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English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Supporting actors
Jennifer Carpenter
Producers
Tom RosenbergGary Lucchesi
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Rating
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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Drug usefoul languageviolence
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4.5 out of 5 stars

4480 global ratings

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  2. 12% of reviews have 4 stars
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Bootradr / COMMSCANReviewed in the United States on March 1, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Movie Excellent, Blu-ray Not so Great
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I love the movie and I've seen it numerous times. I've had the DVD for many years. That's what made me decide to get the Blu-ray due to the Dolby DTS TrueHD audio and expectations that the 1080p full HD picture would be a superior product.

I do not think that the video is any sharper than what is on the DVD and the audio is definitely nothing special. Not much use of surround capabilities and they left off the superimposed subtitles where Emily Rose is speaking in Aramaic. So you don't know what she is saying or the priest during one of the most important parts of the movie.

I had thought that maybe there was an option I needed to turn on but there was absolutely no option for any subtitles in the menu or anything related. I did some online looking and saw other people reporting the same thing in various forums. The DVD puts the text on the screen so you know what it said but they totally skipped doing it on the Blu-ray and that kind of gives an indication I think as to what was put into this Blu-ray production of an excellent movie!

I'm not going to get into talking about the movie because that's been overdone already. This is a review of the product itself and the movie is the only reason I gave it a high rating. I was expecting to give it a 5-star rating because it is such a great movie in my opinion. But don't waste your money on the Blu-ray if you already have the DVD or you want to see what is being said during the Aramaic conversations. They didn't do anything to make the sound or picture any better. It's nothing major and it still looks fine and sounds fine. But it could have been so much better when transferred to Blu-ray. But things like the dark blacks and bright scenes do not look any sharper or clearer than the DVD copy.

I thought about returning the Blu-ray since I already have it on DVD but I'm just going to keep it.
15 people found this helpful
alliecatReviewed in the United States on February 28, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Adult Christian Movie
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Don't let your kids watch it. That said for adults it's a must watch.

Emily Rose is based on a true story of a devout Christian woman who loved God until death. She is remembered as a Saint by some. This movie presents the story of her without exploitation and is primarily a Christian film that will strengthen your faith in God.

Quote: "people say God is dead. How can they say that, when I've shown them the Devil?"
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AvenReviewed in the United States on March 19, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Controversial, but Definitely Scary
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The Exorcism of Emily Rose, (or, to be more accurate, the Exorcism of Anneliese Michel), is a American dramatization of the famous 1978 trial concerning the aforementioned German woman, Anneliese Michel. Despite being a controversial case, it remains well embedded in worldwide discussion and judiciary surrounding religious rights. (SPOILERS ahead)

In the movie, the defense, primarily in the form of Laura Linney's character Erin Bruner, attempts to convince judge and jury that Father Richard Moore, (portrayed by Tom Wilkinson), was blameless in Emily's apparently demon-infested death. The opposition, on the other hand, calls on the scientific testimony of doctors indicating that Emily's death was a tragic combination of epileptic seizures, malnutrition, and a lack of medical attention - believed to be intentional - on the part of Father Moore.

Interspersed throughout the trial are recollections of Emily's worsening conditions from the perspective of family members and Father Moore himself. However, when the movie moves away from courtroom scenes, the underbelly of the beast is revealed. Erin's part in the trial takes on a more significant role out of the court when demons - the very ones that haunted Emily - doggedly toy with her everyday life. The entire defense is under fire as the case opens into a scientific debate over the topic of Emily's supposedly supernatural demise.

Unlike many scary movies, The Exorcism of Emily Rose follows an alternation of eyewitness and professional accounts - with varying religious and scientific convictions - recalling Emily's final days. As each account is relived, the audience is exposed to a number of perspectives on Emily as she slowly but surely succumbs to a unpleasant affliction.

The movie is sure to provoke heated discussions if one entertains an audience with mixed opinions and standpoints. I spent a fair amount of time debating family and friends about exorcism, and many of our conversations were poignantly heated. However, in the end, every person I speak with agrees the movie certainly provides a good spook, no matter their religious perspective. If you enjoy a thought-provoking, poop-your-pants inducing movie as much as me, then you'll love The Exorcism of Emily Rose.
20 people found this helpful
Deanna NaceReviewed in the United States on August 15, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Major scary horror movie that tells the true story of Emily Rose.
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This movie scares me so bad I cannot watch it alone right before bed. The lead actress who gets possessed is so good in this. An excellent court room drama is also played out alongside the scary possession story of Emily Rose. I fell in love with all the characters in this movie. The wonderful Attorney for the lovable & caring priest who only wants Emily's story told. An excellent movie that scared the daylights out of me! You might not want to watch this by yourself if you live alone. This movie will make you want to read the bible & pray afterwards.
7 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on November 2, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
If The Devil Exists, There Must Also Be A God
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Warning: Lots of spoilers! Well written and acted out movie about a devout Christian girl who becomes inhabited by 6 demons as she attends college far from home. The movies delves deep into the argument of spiritualism vs science when she dies from a ritualistic exorcism. Things become interesting when the lawyer for her priest, played by Laura Linney, has to defend the family's beliefs in the spiritual world against the American justice system, which is wholly incapable of understanding spiritual practices. The law believes that Emily is suffering from severe medical conditions that can be treated with drugs. The family believes she is possessed by demons. The movie contains vivid and frightening imagery as Emily is drawn into the very scary world of the demons that live inside her, when they manifest themselves in her, her behavior becomes unmanageable as she twists and contorts her body into positions that are nearly incapable for a human, her voice changes drastically and she becomes destructive, eating insects and shouting nonstop in ancient languages. I believe the court case represented both sides to an extent, but I would've liked to hear the testimony of Dr. Cartwright who was a certified psychiatrist, his realization that: crazy people don't know that they are crazy, but Emily knew there was something wrong with her, was startling and would have caused a lot of uproar in the court. He died too suddenly and inexplicably. A simple 'not guilty' verdict would have been a better result of the trial, as the priest didn't do anything wrong, and the drug Emily was supposed to be taking to help her treat her conditions made absolutely no difference for her health, as they stated that she did continue taking it. The part that was most important, in my humble opinion, is when Emily meets the Virgin Mary in her dream and decides to STAY and take the pain and suffering so that people would know that 'IF THE DEVIL EXISTS, THERE MUST ALSO BE A GOD'.
3 people found this helpful
Vanessa CReviewed in the United States on December 6, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Go big or go home, right?
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I am not a movie person. I cannot sit still long enough to enjoy a full movie. I get lucky if i can sit through a 1 hour tv show, with commercial breaks. Purchased this DVD for my boyfriend. HAD to go all in and get the Special Edition because if it's going to be the first time I watch, I want it to leave an impression. Boy was I right. Not going to ruin the movie if you haven't already watched it.. but if you are not a believer, just know this is based off of a true story, and you will see why some of us do believe!
4 people found this helpful
Steve_MReviewed in the United States on April 6, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
One of the better Exorcism stories
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I've liked this film for a long time and was very glad to see it on Blu-ray.

For those who are not familiar, this was inspired by a true story. Emily Rose was a girl seemingly possessed by demons who underwent an exorcism by the family priest. She didn't survive the ordeal, so the priest was put on trial for Negligent Homicide with the argument that Emily needed medical attention, not an exorcism and the priest somehow prevented her from receiving that attention. The majority of the film focuses on the trial with flashbacks to Emily and the horror she went through.

The film is unique among other exorcism films in that it is a combination of demonic possession story and courtroom drama. It brings up interesting questions on faith and science without firmly concluding in either direction.

Blu-ray package is fine, but there are some issues in the presentation. The menu is noisy and loud and gives the impression that this is a straight up gory horror movie. It's not, really. While there are scary moments, this is a pg-13 movie, so there is really not a lot of gore or bloody moments. As said before, a lot of this movie takes place in a courtroom, so less than half of the film is scary. I don't think the people who designed the menu interactions really watched the film. Either that, or somebody intentionally tried to pull a bait and switch. You almost have to turn down the volume just to navigate the menu. Once you get past that, however, the film itself is fine.

If you like stories of exorcism but also like the religion vs science debate, you will like this film.
WALTReviewed in the United States on April 4, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
NEXT TO THE ORIGINAL, THE ABSOLUTE BEST
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NO SPOILERS. EXCEPT FOR THE ORIGINAL.....EXORCIST.......WITH LINDA BLAIR , I AM GENERALLY NOT A FAN OF THIS GENRE. HOWEVER, THE
PLOT WAS PHENOMENAL, THE SCRIPT WAS EXCELLENT, THE DIRECTION WAS SUBLIME. THIS WAS INDEED A BREATHTAKING FILM . EVERY
ACTOR PLAYED THEIR PART TO PERFECTION AND EVEN THE SOMETIMES TEDIOUS COURTROOM SCENES WERE SO INTRINSIC TO THE STORY
YOU COULD NOT IGNORE A SECOND. I HAVE HEARD OF THIS FILM SINCE ITS INCEPTION AND FOR NO OTHER REASON THAN AMAZON’S
FOUR STAR RATING AND THE REPUTATION OF LAURA LINNEY, AND THE STARTLING PERFORMANCE OF JENNIFER CARPENTER, I GAVE IT A SHOT. THIS HAS OSCAR MATERIAL WRITTEN ALL OVER IT. WHETHER YOU ARE A PERSON OF FAITH OR NOT, THIS IS A MOVIE INVOLVING
THE MOST GRAVE OF HUMAN EMOTIONS. I BELIEVE I LEARNED A GREAT DEAL ABOUT LIFE AND MYSELF FROM THIS MASTERPIECE.
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