The Devil and Father Amorth

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The Devil and Father Amorth
The Devil and Father Amorth.jpg
Promotional Poster
Directed by William Friedkin
Produced by Mickey Liddell
Pete Shilaimon
Francesco Zippel
Written by William Friedkin
Mark Kermode
Starring Gabriele Amorth
Edited by Gary Leva
Distributed by The Orchard
Release date
August 31, 2017 (Venice Film Festival)
April 20, 2018 (USA)
Running time
68 mins
Country United States
Language English

The Devil and Father Amorth is a 2017 documentary film directed by William Friedkin showing the ninth exorcism of an Italian woman in the village of Venafro[1] referred to as "Cristina", this time performed by Father Gabriele Amorth.


Mark Kermode, a British film critic and long-time admirer of Friedkin, was invited to assist in writing narration.[2]


The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival on August 31, 2017.[3] It had a wide release in the United States on April 20, 2018.


Robbie Collin of The Telegraph wrote that the film "feels amateurish and arguably also exploitative [...] although perhaps that lends it credibility: in this context, too much polish would almost certainly be cause for suspicion."[4] Owen Gleiberman of Variety called the film "a rather tawdry charade."[5]


  1. ^ Friedkin, William. "The Devil and Father Amorth: Witnessing "the Vatican Exorcist" at Work".
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  3. ^ "William Friedkin on Twitter".
  4. ^ Collin, Robbie (31 August 2017). "The Devil and Father Amorth, Venice Film Festival review: William Friedkin's exorcist documentary doesn't give the Devil his due" – via
  5. ^ Gleiberman, Owen (21 September 2017). "Film Review: William Friedkin's 'The Devil and Father Amorth'".

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