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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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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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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: Can you prove there's a foot?
Colonel Kane: There are some arguments from reason.
Captain Cutshaw: Are those the things we use to justify dropping atomic bombs on Japan?
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References Spellbound (1945) See more »

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There's a Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder
Written by Al Jolson, Billy Rose, Dave Dreyer
Performed by Al Jolson
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Blatty not so tatty
27 September 2000 | by (Port Seton, Scotland) – See all my reviews

After seeing the excellent job William Peter Blatty did with Exorcist 3, I was intrigued to see what other films he had directed ('The Ninth Configuration' turned out to be the only other). The movie popped up on late-night TV here in the UK last week, so I gave it a shot. What can I say? What starts out as an extremely bizarre black-comedy, takes the viewer through a whole range of emotions before spitting him out on the other side, dazed but somewhat lifted. I can't recommend this movie enough to anybody lucky enough to get the chance to watch it. It is most definitely difficult viewing in it's first hour, with it's barrage of (eminently quoteable) one-liners and strange behaviour. Once a major change in story hits you, you are sucked in until the end which will leave you feeling....well, I'll leave it to you to find out. Great performances all round from great (either dead or forgotten) actors like Joe Spinell, Jason Miller, Neville Brand & Tom Atkins. Indeed, it's probably the best performances of their careers (at least up till 1980). WATCH THIS NOW! A life-affirming experience. Guaranteed. 9/10


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