|Directed by||Ciccio Ingrassia|
|Written by||Ciccio Ingrassia|
|Starring||Ciccio Ingrassia |
|Music by||Franco Godi|
L'esorciccio (internationally released as The Exorcist: Italian Style and The Exorciccio literally "The Exor-Chuck, as 'Ciccio' is the Italian diminutive for 'Francesco' (Frankie), as Chuck/Chuckie in English) is a 1975 Italian horror-comedy film written, directed, produced and starring Ciccio Ingrassia.
In Iran at an archaeological site, a small head of Beelzebub is recovered.
The trinket is then lost and unearthed, in a small rural town near Rome, by a kid during a football match. The kid immediately manifests signs of possession, felling a tree with the football and then forcing himself on a peasant girl in a nearby field. The following day the girl's parents ask for a reparation marriage but the kid's father (the town's mayor seeking re-election) dismisses their claims as a set-up to damage his reputation.
However, later, he is shocked to find evidence of the uncontrollable urges of the possessed boy; after having called the doctor (to no avail) he is forced to ask for the assistance of the notorious "Exorciccio", a lay demon-hunter (due to Italian cultural sensibilities of the time there were no mentions of organized religion and/or the Catholic Church, although the Exorciccio wore clothes vaguely resembling priestly ones).
The Exorciccio, aided by his bumbling assistant 'Satanetto' (lil'Satan) manages to exorcise the boy, his sister and finally the Mayor's wife, who all in sequence come into contact with the diabolical amulet. In the end it's the Mayor himself who ends up under its thrall during the celebrations for his re-election. The man, now possessed, shocks the crowd by urinating on the bystanders and performing a 'satanic' rock song, causing a furore during which the amulet is yet again lost and found, first by Dr. Schnautzer (the Mayor's physician) who briefly turns into an Hitler-esque figure. Finally, the accursed amulet is swallowed by the Exorciccio himself.
In the final scene the Mayor complains that the supernatural events so far occurred must have a diabolical origin; the Exorciccio (now possessed) rebukes putting in doubt the existence of the Devil, before vanishing in a plume of smoke.
- Ciccio Ingrassia as The ExorCiccio
- Lino Banfi as Pasqualino Abate
- Mimmo Baldi as Satanetto
- Didi Perego as Annunziata, Pasqualino's wife
- Barbara Nascimbene as Barbara Abate
- Gigi Bonos as Dr. Schnautzer
- Tano Cimarosa as Turi Randazzo
- Ubaldo Lay as Lt. Sheridan
- Salvatore Baccaro as Satanetto's mother
- Dante Cleri as Antonio Sgrò
- Renato Malavasi as Monsignor Evaristo
- Franca Haas as Margherita
- Ada Pometti as Domestica
- Lorenzo Piani as Armando
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