The Ninth Configuration (Twinkle, Twinkle, Killer Kane) Reviews
I'm not saying there isn't craft to admire in this film, I'm saying that it's a bit dated and ptsd Vietnam vet trope has been thoroughly exhausted in this type of story telling, so it's just a great mind who made a film that could have been decent if not for its mixture familiar & worn out tropes.
PS: it was fun to see Blatty himself on the screen. It appears I remember his face very well :)
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.