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The Ninth Configuration (1980)

A new commanding officer arrives at a remote castle serving as an insane asylum for crazy and AWOL U.S. Army soldiers where he attempts to rehabilitate them by allowing them to live out ... See full summary »

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(novel), (screenplay)
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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Lt. Frankie Reno
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Maj. Marvin Groper
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Capt. Fairbanks
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Maj. Nammack
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Lt. Bennish
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Lt. Spinell
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Lt. Gomez
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Sgt. Krebs
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1st Cyclist (Stanley)
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2nd Cyclist (Richard)
Gordon Mark ...
Sgt. Gilman
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Highway Patrolman
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Storyline

A new commanding officer arrives at a remote castle serving as an insane asylum for crazy and AWOL U.S. Army soldiers where he attempts to rehabilitate them by allowing them to live out their crazy fantasies while combating his own long-suppressed insanity. Written by Matt Patay

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How Do You Fight A War Called Madness? See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 February 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Twinkle, Twinkle, Killer Kane  »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-issue) | (combined extended) | (1982)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording) (5.0) (L-R)

Color:

(Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

According to his diaries, Charlton Heston was interested in playing Killer Kane in the early seventies. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Frankie Reno: Why are you teaching the dogs Shakespeare?
Colonel Kane: Someone's got to do it.
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Connections

References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

San Antone
Written by Barry De Vorzon
Performed by Denny Brooks
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William Peter Blatty's Twinkle, Twinkle Killer Kane!!
14 August 2005 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

The Ninth Configuration (1980) was William Peter Blatty's directorial debut. He adapts his own novel for the big screen in this bizarre film about an astronaut (Scott Wilson) who's reached his breaking point and a military doctor (Stacy Keach) who's trying to reach out to him. The cast has a who's who of Hollywood cast-offs (William Peter Blatty has a cameo himself as one of the patients).

This is a strange film that'll cause you to think (if you don't enjoy these type of films then I suggest you look elsewhere). An interesting movie about things that aren't as they seem, soul searching and seeking redemption through honor and self sacrifice. I liked the way these people have to look into themselves and see who or what they really are. I wished that William Peter Blatty made more movies and Hollywood should have gave Stacy Keach more film roles like these. He was quite impressive.

I have to to highly recommend this movie. But if you're expecting some mainstream popcorn nonsense then look elsewhere.


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