Closed Capationed Starring: Timothy Dalton Director: Steven E. de Souza
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  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 51 minutes
  • Video: Color
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  • Originally Released: 2000
  • Label: Showtime Ent.
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Stereo - English
  • Interactive Features:
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In the Showtime original movie POSSESSED, based on actual events that took place in St. Louis in 1949, Timothy Dalton stars as Father William Bowdern, a seminary priest who takes to his flask because of his war nightmares. Desperate to do what's right, he fights the police to defend black people and battles the system every chance he gets. But when bizarre events start to occur around 11-year-old Robbie Mannheim, Father Bowdern must reexamine his own faith while trying to save the boy.

A real-life version of THE EXORCIST, POSSESSED includes all the requisite ghost-story elements--flying objects, blood messages burned into flesh, screaming Latin phrases and obscenities, and church skeptics. While Father Bowdern sees saving the boy as a "moral imperative," the archbishop (Christopher Plummer) is more concerned about the church's public reputation. Dalton is excellent in a complex, well-written role, helping make POSSESSED more than a few cuts above standard horror fare--and all the more terrifying because it's true.

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Production Notes:

  • Cable premiere: October 22, 2000.
  • Filmed in Toronto, Ontario.
  • About the film, Timothy Dalton wrote in an online chat, "I am personally a believer in or at least I have a personal faith in the fact that there is a great deal presently unknown that will one day be open to explanation. I do not believe in the Devil. Since researching this event and playing in this movie it certainly became clear to me that the rite of exorcism is in fact a forceful and sometimes brutal form of psychotherapy."
  • Piper Laurie starred as the mother in the horror classic CARRIE, as well as in the not-quite-as-successful RUBY.
  • The film begins with the following line: "The following is based on the true story of the only documented Exorcism performed by the Catholic Church in modern-day America."
  • The film was based on Thomas B. Allen's book as well as Father Bowdern's
    secret diary and the eyewitness accounts of Father Walter Halloran.
  • Steve Edwards contributed additional music and lyrics to the soundtrack.

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  • UPC: 758445104523
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