Directed by William Friedkin

Directed by William Friedkin

5 Episodes

One of the brashest auteurs to emerge from the New American Cinema, William Friedkin jolted new life into some of Hollywood’s most popular genres—from crime thriller to horror to action—with a gritty, documentary-like immediacy and a fearless approach to controversial subjects. While early triumphs like THE EXORCIST made him one of the most successful directors of the early 1970s, Friedkin’s often-overlooked later career is studded with fascinating personal projects—including SORCERER, a white-knuckle remake of THE WAGES OF FEAR; and the infamous, enigmatic policier CRUISING—that display his edgy stylistic verve and bold, uncompromising vision.

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Directed by William Friedkin
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    Episode 1

  • The Exorcist

    Episode 2

    Directed by William Friedkin • 1973 • United States
    Starring Jason Miller, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

    One of the most terrifying and influential movies ever made, William Friedkin’s groundbreaking, controversial mix of body horror and religious iconography still shocks. When a charming twelve-ye...

  • Sorcerer

    Episode 3

    Directed by William Friedkin • 1977 • United States
    Starring Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer, Francisco Rabal

    William Friedkin takes Henri-Georges Clouzot’s classic palm-sweater THE WAGES OF FEAR and transforms it into a blood-and-guts opera of existential delirium. The setup is familiar: four desper...

  • Cruising

    Episode 4

    Directed by William Friedkin • 1980 • United States
    Starring Al Pacino, Paul Sorvino, Karen Allen

    One of the most notorious films of the 1980s, this controversial thriller directed by William Friedkin (THE EXORCIST, THE FRENCH CONNECTION) stars Al Pacino as Steve Burns, an NYPD officer who goes ...

  • Jade

    Episode 5

    Directed by William Friedkin • 1995 • United States
    Starring David Caruso, Linda Fiorentino, Chazz Palminteri

    In the wake of the massive success of BASIC INSTINCT, screenwriter Joe Eszterhas returned to erotic-thriller territory with this strikingly perverse noir mystery, directed with atmospher...