William Keck
October 06, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

They’re billing it as ”The Version You’ve Never Seen” — a fresh cut of 1973’s The Exorcist with 11 minutes of unused footage. But there’s one clip of stars Linda Blair and Ellen Burstyn that’s still trapped in eternal damnation: ”We attempted to put back the scene where Ellen takes Linda all around Washington” on her birthday, screenwriter William Peter Blatty tells EW. ”They go to the Lincoln Memorial — very light and airy. Then, at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Linda turns hollow and sad — giving us the first hint of what’s to come.” But Blatty and director William Friedkin made a scary discovery in the editing room last year: ”We couldn’t find the dialogue at the end of the scene,” says Friedkin. ”It was lost.” Burstyn and Blair can’t even summon a memory of shooting it. ”We’re talking 27 years ago,” Burstyn says. Could it be … Satan?

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