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The Ninth Configuration (Twinkle, Twinkle, Killer Kane)

The Ninth Configuration (Twinkle, Twinkle, Killer Kane) (1979)


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Release Date: Feb 29, 1980 Wide



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William Peter Blatty, author of The Exorcist, proved a workmanlike producer/director for 1979's The Ninth Configuration. Army psychiatrist Col. Kane (Stacy Keach) (teetering on the sanity brink himself) tries to minister to the patients in a military mental hospital. The fact that the hospital is located in a brooding old castle is hardly conducive to speedy recoveries. Nor does the mid-film barroom brawl indicate that Kane's approach to mental health is all that workable. Blatty adapted the


Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy

William Peter Blatty

Sep 17, 2002

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unusual dark comedy, with stacy keach at his best.

January 24, 2005
Classic Film and Television

At its worst, it is supposed to be profound; at its best it's amusing

June 30, 2003 Full Review

Should be the centerpiece of a Stacy Keach shrine somewhere . . . should one ever be erected.

March 18, 2003 Full Review Source:

Brilliant, funny, moving examination of faith from Blatty.

December 29, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

An allegory that's so impossibly overstuffed that it can't help but explode

July 15, 2002 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for The Ninth Configuration (Twinkle, Twinkle, Killer Kane)

A Marx Brothers movie, with theology.
May 2, 2011

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The satirical first half is funny in a tremendously weird and surreal way. I loved all the stuff with Jason Miller (who gives the films best performance) attempting to adapt Shakespeare for dogs. But as the film progresses, the theological ideas that William Peter Blatty puts forth are no doubt interesting, but they are handled all wrong. Blatty should have kept to writing the screenplay, a better director would have made the final act less predictable and boring.
November 7, 2008
Alec Barniskis

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