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Col. Vincent Kane (Stacy Keach) is a military psychiatrist who takes charge of an army mental hospital situated in a secluded castle. Among Kane's many eccentric patients is Capt. Billy Cutshaw (Scott Wilson), a troubled astronaut in the midst of an existential crisis. Although Kane's own grasp on sanity is questionable, he manages to engage Cutshaw in a series of thoughtful conversations about science and faith that deeply affect the lives of both men.

Cast & Crew

Stacy Keach
Col. Vincent Kane
Scott Wilson
Capt. Billy Cutshaw
Ed Flanders
Col. Richard Fell
Jason Miller
Lt. Frankie Reno
Neville Brand
Maj. Marvin Groper
George DiCenzo
Capt. Fairbanks
Moses Gunn
Maj. Nammack
Robert Loggia
Lt. Bennish
Barry De Vorzon
Original Music
Gerry Fisher
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Critic Reviews for The Ninth Configuration

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (3)

Audience Reviews for The Ninth Configuration

  • Dec 01, 2010
    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.
    Derek D Super Reviewer
  • Jun 21, 2009
    It's a considerable struggle to sit through this movie and the rewards don't really justify the trip, but for some reason I enjoyed it in all its tedium. This is probably to the credit of the magnificent Stacy Keach, who turns in an incredible performance here, and the fascinating premise. William Peter Blatty's unsure direction is a little bit threatening, as he can't really anchor the movie into realism (and despite its surreality it requires a presence in the normal world). The initial mystery stays compelling even when the movie itself doesn't and has just enough life to push you through. If you enjoy a good psychological twist but find them too overdone nowadays, The Ninth Configuration should satisfy.
    Drew S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 07, 2008
    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.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 12, 2007
    A Marx Brothers movie, with theology.
    Pierluigi P Super Reviewer

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