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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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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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Don't blink for a second, because nothing is what it seems. See more »


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29 February 1980 (USA)  »

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Twinkle, Twinkle, Killer Kane  »

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

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(RCA Sound Recording) (5.0) (L-R)

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2.35 : 1
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William Peter Blatty has said that he considers this movie to be the true sequel to The Exorcist (1973): The Exorcist novel deals with the existence of both good and evil, 9th configuration deals with the mystery of good, and the third novel, The Legion, deals with the human's punishment of evil for original sin. Capt. Cutshaw is the same astronaut whom Regan warns "You're gonna die up there" in "The Exorcist". See more »

Quotes

[Captain Cutshaw stands up, interrupting church services]
Captain Cutshaw: Infinite goodness is creating a being you know, in advance, is going to complain.
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References The Great Escape (1963) See more »

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Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life
Music by Victor Herbert
Lyrics by Rida Johnson Young
Performed by Walter Scanlan
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Aren't the hidden gems wonderful?
22 October 1998 | by (Phoenix, AZ) – See all my reviews

Well, well, well. At last a rating I can fully agree with. Yes, the Shawshank Redemption was very good. But this is a hidden classic. If you're one of those people (like me) who loves to be taken completely by surprise by a movie, this is the one for you. The IMDB rating says it all: VERY few people know about this one, but those who do are nearly unanimous: this is outstanding storytelling. First time viewers, be warned: be patient. Let it happen. You won't know where it's going at first. Your patience will be rewarded, I assure you - it all comes together, culminating in a bar-room brawl that is an absolute textbook piece of tension-building. And then, you'll want to rewind it and watch it all over again, to pick out all the clues that slipped by you the first time through. Quentin Tarantino, eat your heart out: THIS is how it's supposed to be done.


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