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The Ninth Configuration (1980)

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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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Cast

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Lt. Frankie Reno
Ed Flanders ...
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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
Joe Spinell ...
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Alejandro Rey ...
Lt. Gomez
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Sgt. Krebs
Steve Sandor ...
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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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

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Comedy | Drama | Thriller

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

Color:

(Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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

Captain Cutshaw: I tried, Sir, see the stars... so cold... so far... and so very lonely. Oh so lonely. All that space. Just empty... space. And so far from home. I've circled round and round this house... orbit... after orbit. Sometimes I wonder what it'd be like, never to stop. And circle lone up there, forever. And what if I got there. Got to the moon. And couldn't get back. Sure... everyone dies... but I'm afraid to die alone, so far from home. And if there's no god, then that's really... really... alone.
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References The Jazz Singer (1927) See more »

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There's a Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder
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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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