Burbank: Warner Brothers, 1972. Early version of the final script for the 1973 film, directed by William Friedkin, based on the 1971 novel by William Peter Blatty, written for the screen by Blatty, and starring Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb, and Linda Blair.
One of the great genre films of the 1970s that accomplished the uncommon feat of being an over-the-top sensation upon its release and gaining subsequent status as a classic, with a strangeness and depth supplied by Burstyn and Sydow that only increases with repeated viewings. Another distinction of "The Exorcist" was that it walked away with 2 Oscars (including Best Screenplay for Blatty), along with 8 nominations (including Best Picture), a feat nearly unheard for a horror film.
Yellow studio wrappers with titles in black, stated FINAL, dated April 24, 1972, rubber-stamped copy No. 13, and holograph ink notation reading: "WEST COAST VERSION / SAME AS NEW YORK RE-TYPED VERSION." Distribution page present. Title page present, with a credit for novelist-screenwriter Blatty. 137 leaves, mechanically reproduced, with blue revision pages throughout dated between 6/22/72 and 12/1/72, and some undated with "File Copy Change" noted at the top center. The revisions include a character name memo bound in just after the title page ("Cardinal" to "Bishop"), and a single-leaf Appendix with Merrin's speech to Satan.
Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good plus with some small closed tears and yapping at the wrapper edges, internally bound with two gold screw brads.