Conceived as a sequel to The Exorcist, The Heretic was the big commercial disaster of Boorman’s career, disappointing audience expectations of the gruesome effects of the original and providing instead a metaphysical thriller. Science and religion, a psychiatrist and a priest combine efforts to save a sick child while, in the heart of Africa, a magician offers an answer. Shot on spectacular sets, the film is reminiscent of the great German Expressionist cinema.
- John Boorman
- Linda Blair, Richard Burton, Louise Fletcher, Max von Sydow, Kitty Winn, Paul Henreid, James Earl Jones, Ned Beatty, Belinda Beatty, Rose Portillo, Barbara Cason, Joey Green, Fiseha Dimetros, Ken Renard
- 118 min