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The Ninth Configuration (1980)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Horror  |  29 February 1980 (USA)
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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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Maj. Marvin Groper
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Capt. Fairbanks
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Lt. Gomez
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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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| (re-issue) | (combined extended) | (1982)

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(RCA Sound Recording) (5.0) (L-R)

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Trivia

Joe Spinell's character of 'Spinell', a patient at the castle-hospital, was not in the novel or original script. Spinell had begged to writer-director William Peter Blatty, a close friend of his, to cast him in a small role as the sidekick to Jason Miller's character of Lt. Reno. Since there was no part for Spinell in the movie, his character was given the same last name. Nearly all of Spinell's dialogue was ad-libbed. See more »

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Col. Richard Fell: [looking at a skull on his desk] Don't blame me, I told them not to operate.
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When You Were Sweet Sixteen
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Arranged & Adapted by Barry De Vorzon
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Excellent, but requires some intellect
23 June 2004 | by (Dallas, TX) – See all my reviews

Like many things that Blatty has done, the more you put into the film, the more you get out of it. I have watched it maybe a dozen times, and every time I get something out of it. If you think a Steven Seagal film is mentally taxing... be prepared to be bored.

This is one of those films that is hard to categorize (Comedy, drama, etc.) There are certainly comedic elements, such as the crazy inmate casting a Shakespeare play entirely with dogs, but I would call it a drama. It is about "crazy" war veterans in an insane asylum, and some of what they do is comedic, other things are tragic.

This movie is certainly on my top 20 list of all time greatest movies, and I would recommend it to those that enjoy a good mind-bender.


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