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Remembering the First Time: 'The Exorcist'

Exorcist: The Beginning was the number one film at the box office last weekend. It made $18 million, despite reviews that said the story behind the film was more interesting than the story told on screen. NPR's Bob Mondello has a few Exorcist stories of his own.

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Bob Mondello, who jokes that he was a jinx at the beginning of his critical career — hired to write for every small paper that ever folded in Washington, just as it was about to collapse — saw that jinx broken in 1984 when he came to NPR.