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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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Taglines:

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

Believed to be the first appearance of "The Howie Scream," which is most well known as the scream that is heard in the video game Starcraft when the Terran Academy building is selected. See more »

Quotes

Colonel Kane: Maybe we're just fish out of water.
Col. Richard Fell: What was that?
Colonel Kane: I just think about sickness, cancer in children, earthquakes, war, painful death. Death, just death. If these things are just part of our natural environment why do we think of them as evil? Why do they horrify us so?... unless we were meant for someplace else.
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Connections

Spoofed in Dead End (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

There's a Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder
Written by Al Jolson, Billy Rose, Dave Dreyer
Performed by Al Jolson
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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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