The Ninth Configuration (Twinkle, Twinkle, Killer Kane) Reviews
November 9, 2014
***Due to the recent RT changes that have basically ruined my past reviews, I mostly only giving a rating rather than a full review.***
October 12, 2014
Darkly funny movie that becomes progressively depressing.
October 3, 2014
A remarkable film that grew on me as I watched it. At times I was afraid the attempts at lunacy and madness were aping then-contemporary and successful classics such as M*A*S*H and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, but I realized over time that the script was genuine, original and not blatantly ripping off those aforementioned classics. Still, it's the only weakness in the film. Blatty is inspired in his direction and makes perfect use of Panavision's 2.40:1 aspect ratio, and the acting, especially Stacy Keach's, is nothing short of astounding. A wonderful ending to answer the age-old question: How can there be a God if such evil exists in the world?--How can there not be if such goodness exists as well? A great film, which makes it very sad, both that it is so unknown and that Blatty hasn't done more writings and directing. The many different versions of the film are very confusing, but I was able to watch the director's cut, which has a nice six-minute discussion on the DVD, plus Blatty's commentary and all the deleted scenes.
September 10, 2013
I really don't understand why this needed to be almost 2 hours. There's about 60 minutes worth of actual material here at best. I think this is alittle overrated and under uses alot of the best character actors of the 70's. The ending and the bar fight scene are worth sticking around for the whole running time though. So if you don't mind a slow burn 2 hour movie then give this a shot.
May 1, 2013
I saw this movie years ago when I was a child and it has never left me. I was a firmly entrenched Christianity at the time, but now I am a confirmed Atheist. I believe this movie helped to lay a foundation for my eventual realization that the mystery or God is founded in the need for absolution and comfort rather than any rational concept as Capt Cutshaw comes to realize. I am truly grateful that "Twinkle, Twinkle Killer Kane" (the title I always knew it by) started me on my path.
As to the actual movie, I have seen it several times and remarkably the dialogue and story holds up. The direction could be a little heavy handed at times, and the editing is a jumpy, but well worth a late night watch. Again though, I found it to be metaphysically profound about the age of 12. Don't know that it would be as substantial now. Lastly, Stacy Keach is phenomenal in this role. He has been sidelined in much of his acting career and his talent has been under-appreciated, but in this movie he portrays an impressive blend of perfect blank affect coupled with sociopathic undertones. This is how Hannibal Lector should have been played in "Silence of the Lambs." This movie is worth a watch for the humor alone, but also worth it for the esoteric idealism.
September 20, 2007
One of the most underrated movies of all time. I recommend it to so many people, but because its not the new "MTV" / fast cutting action movies, that are ruining hollywood today, no one wants to see it. oh and i will also add, that alot of younger people today don't want to put in an effort to try and understand the humor. well i had no problem 15 years ago when i was only 15 years old. well, they get to lose out!
March 6, 2013
based on william peter blatty's classic novel. with tom atkins from creepshow.
January 11, 2013
The bar scene is what made this not completely suck for me. The cast is good too but aside from a few good images I wasn't into this.
August 15, 2007
Very trippy film. How trippy, you ask? It's directed by William Peter Blatty.
November 7, 2012
Interesting. I gave it a shot, but it's too dense with so little plot. My recommendation: after the first hour the movie picks up. Stick with it.
October 8, 2012
Strange film from William Peter Blatty. A meditation on faith, reason, and sanity. It works best in it's most outlandish moments, but it wastes a good cast (particularly Jason Miller) by dropping most of them for the second half of the film. Still, an unusual and interesting film that more people should see.
October 2, 2012
i cant say with confidence my review is accurate because i don't fully understand this film
August 27, 2012
30 years before the disappointing Shutter Island took viewers to a remote mental asylum with a world-turned-upside-down storyline, William Peter Blatty gave us this supremely fucked-up account of a Marine Corp Colonel (played rather brilliantly by the passive Stacy Keach) that is assigned to take over an asylum housing insane soldiers. Col. Kane is especially tuned to the story of a USMC Captain that went nuts right before NASA was supposed to send him to the moon. Throughout all this, Kane recounts how his brother was a sadistic mass-murderer in Vietnam and the backstory only comes to him (and us) in dreams. If you've seen Shutter Island, then you know where this one is going. After halfway through this movie, I hypothesized that this movie was either too fucking brilliant to be understood or too simple to enjoy. Towards the end, I knew it was the former one. VERY quotable, but not for everyone. My wife hated it. I loved it.
July 1, 2012
An unconventional movie that doesn't quite fit into genre definitions. It starts off as a hilarious satire, but changes tone in last third and becomes something entirely different.
January 8, 2012
Uneven, but featuring many fun scenes. As it gets more serious I thought it occasionally dabbled into slightly pretentious territory, but it works more often than not, and is certainly interesting. I wish William Peter Blatty made more films.
January 19, 2012
How did this get under my radar and stay there for so long? A thought provoking and brain-tickling examination of faith and humanity wrapped in a bizarre mix of comedy and tragedy. Wow.
December 11, 2011
Bizarro film set in a remote castle where the patients of a mental hospital receive unorthodox care from a man on the verge of losing it himself. Interesting visuals and philosophical questions abound, making this one well worth tracking down.
Give it a rental.
September 25, 2011
I'm thinking that Blatty could easily sue both Martin Scorsese and Dennis Lehane for stealing his entire plot.
September 3, 2011
It's the best film you've never seen.