The movie and its publicity did their best to pretend the prior sequel never existed -- a sign of bad (or at best, conventional) taste. And odd, because this one is much less a sequel than II, despite the reappearance of Father Karras (Jason Miller) in a mental ward, an hour after the start. Otherwise it's a talky and slow-moving detective story, with two or three small thrills, and a career highlight for George C. Scott: the "I Believe" speech while he's pinned to a wall in a crucifixion pose, four feet off the floor. The cast members in general, not counting ex-Georgetown basketballer Patrick Ewing as the Angel of Death, boast impressive credentials from the world of theater (Ed Flanders, Lee Richardson, Nicol Williamson, Zohra Lampert, Viveca Lindfors -- and isn't that Colleen Dewhurst, formerly Mrs. Scott, as the uncredited Voice of the Devil?); and they create little eddies of interest. Written and directed by William Peter Blatty. (1990) — Duncan Shepherd
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