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Possessed (2000)

Timothy Dalton , Henry Czerny , Steven E. de Souza  |  NR |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Timothy Dalton, Henry Czerny, Jonathan Malen, Michael Rhoades, Shannon Lawson
  • Directors: Steven E. de Souza
  • Writers: Steven E. de Souza, Michael Lazarou, Thomas B. Allen
  • Producers: Barbara Title, Jane Bartelme
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Showtime Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: October 2, 2001
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005MM5Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,515 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Possessed" on IMDb

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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 actual case that inspired The Exorcist, nothing before has been a shockingly terrifying as the one and only true story!

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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 actual case that inspired The Exorcist, nothing before has been a shockingly terrifying as the one and only true story!

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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected tale of demonic possession November 4, 2002
Format:DVD
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.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE REAL DEAL! January 12, 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
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.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Christ Compels You February 20, 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Edited review: it has been only three months, apparently, since I reviewed this ridiculous film. I think enough time has passed to be able to critique the movie at length--and boy, does it need some critiquing!

This film, first off, is Timothy Dalton at his best, no doubts there, but he does get unnecessarily operatic. This is the true story of "Robbie", a man presently in his 60s with a family, and is the true story behind "The Exorcist". So, the subject in question can never be named publicly.

Dalton plays Father Bill Bowdern, real name, the tough WWII veteran turned priest who was called in to perform the series of Exorcism Masses for "Robbie". Though the script is rather silly, it does show a great deal of truth in exorcism, and also shows us the basic outline of the true story of this poor boy who seemed possessed by several demons.

A real problem I have with this movie is the truly stupid tone. It has ridiculous music and songs; it has some of the worst acting I've ever seen in my life; there are times when it is palpable that the actors are either scene-chewing or trying to sound like they are in that era. Well, people sounded pretty much the same in the 1940s and 1950s as they do today, so....

Another odd and disturbing thing is the attempt at humor throughout the film. Clearly it is a profound and religious drama--I'm pretty touchy about the way those things are handled. We all recall Linda Blair's head-spinning in THE EXORCIST. This didn't need any of that, but it did not need the weird levity the writers and director introduced here.

The subject of the exorcism, little freckle-faced Jonathan Malen, is also not particularly skilled as an actor.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars S.O.S. October 13, 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I have long been an admirer of Timothy Dalton, and this film shows the actor at his dramatic best. It is a powerful telling of a strong story, and all the cast live up to the drama. The backgrounds are suitably grim and the effects perhaps overdone at times, but, most of all, it is the story of a battle by one tormented soul to save two souls, his own and that of the boy. If you do not believe in the battle between good and evil in the world, then this video will probably seem just gruesome!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating case, terrible movie November 7, 2008
Format:DVD
In this Showtime TV-movie, based upon a supposed real case of exorcism, Timothy Dalton plays a priest who becomes drawn into a situation with a young boy supposedly possessed.

The performances are stone serious or absurdly childish, there is no suspense to be found in the writing, effects or production design, and it left me disappointed that no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't take the film seriously. It isn't delivered in a believable way, and becomes lost in mediocrity.

I can't recommend the film, but I can somewhat recommend the book, which is at least a somewhat interesting, if not all too convincing read.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting story on the supposed 'original' Exorcist.
I really like Timothy Dalton, and the other actors were good in this too. The little boy who plays the 'possessed' does quite a good job. Read more
Published 8 months ago by In Lak'ech
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie.
I lived in St. Louis for a long time. This movie was based there, and came out while I was still living there. Great movie that originally aired on Showtime.
Published 12 months ago by DANIEL A PRUETT
1.0 out of 5 stars This is so fake
If you are an exorcist fan and expect this to come close to it >>>>>> SAVE YOUR MONEY !
Incredibly fake and boring. Read more
Published 16 months ago by C. Hodges
5.0 out of 5 stars Wife Loves This Movie
Based on the true story of first recorded American exorcism. We didn't know of this movie before we saw it online but now my wife has watched it many many times.
Published 20 months ago by M. Lakey
5.0 out of 5 stars better then the excorcism
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Better then the excorcism movie ! I watched it once on showtime and I could never find it I finally found it on amazon. Read more
Published 24 months ago by angelica (california)
2.0 out of 5 stars Hilariously bad; Dalton's stellar performance cannot save it
"Possessed" may have been a well intentioned attempt to honor the memory of dearly departed Jesuit priest Fr. Read more
Published on October 21, 2010 by J from NY
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Exorcist Movie
There's no priest who dies because of transference of spirits. There's no victim who thinks that she's doing this for Mother Mary.
Published on February 3, 2010 by Adrian Ng
4.0 out of 5 stars An intelligent film about exorcism with scare power.
I had only seen about 7-8 minutes of the film's finale and then I went out and purchased this film. I had some knowledge of the real case on which the film, The Exorcist was based... Read more
Published on November 8, 2009 by Jaime Contreras
1.0 out of 5 stars Please tell me this is a joke!
I've got to agree with 'Historical Fiction Fan' on this one, and then some. I recorded this, hoping that Timothy Dalton's presence would lend some credence to the subject of the... Read more
Published on December 4, 2008 by D. House
1.0 out of 5 stars Underwritten and Overacted
I started watching this movie, knowing nothing about it, and having missed the first 5 minutes or so, and I kept trying to figure out if it was a comedy or not. Read more
Published on October 2, 2007 by Historical Fiction Fan
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