The Rite

Release January 28, 2011 (Wide)
Cast Anthony Hopkins, Colin O'Donoghue, Alice Braga, Ciarán Hinds, Toby Jones
Director Mikael Håfström
Writer Michael Petroni
Genres Fantasy, Thriller
Studio New Line Cinema
Length 112 mins.


American seminary student Michael Kovak (Colin O'Donoghue) is reluctantly enrolled in a new exorcism course at a Vatican-affiliated university in Italy that teaches priests how to distinguish between a genuine possession and mental illness. While there, Michael meets an unorthodox priest, Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins), who teaches him about the darker side of his faith. Inspired by true events.

The true story of an American priest who studied at an exorcism school in Italy. The film is based on the nonfiction book by Rome-based journalist Matt Baglio. Baglio was allowed to follow a young priest during months of training with a senior exorcist at a school affiliated with the Vatican.

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