Picks and Pans Review: The Exorcist

UPDATED 02/11/1980 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 02/11/1980 at 01:00 AM EST

CBS (8:30-11 p.m. ET)

It won Oscars in 1974 for screenplay and "best achievement in sound" (mostly bloodcurdling screams and growls). Linda Blair is possessed by the devil, and her dithered mother, Ellen Burstyn, asks priest Max von Sydow to make a house call. You can tell how well that treatment worked since Richard Burton tries his hand in the driveling 1977 Exorcist II sequel (airing on Wednesday). CBS advises viewer discretion for both "due to the mature theme." That's one way to put it.

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