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The Ninth Configuration (1980) ( O enatos shimatismos (The 9th Configuration) ) ( Twinkle, Twinkle, Killer Kane )

Stacy Keach , Robert Loggia , William Peter Blatty    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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Netherlands released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Mono ), Dutch ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: A large castle is being used by the US Government as an insane asylum for military personnel. Among the many patients there is a former astronaut, Billy Cutshaw, who aborted a moon launch and was dragged screaming from the capsule. Colonel Kane, a former member of a United States Marine Corps special unit, arrives at the castle to take over the treatment of the patients. He meets Colonel Fell, who helps Kane acclimate himself to the eccentricities of the patients. Kane pays special attention to Cutshaw, repeatedly asking him why he didn't want to go to the moon. Cutshaw refuses to answer, but instead gives him a St. Christopher medal... SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Golden Globes, ...The Ninth Configuration (1980) ( O enatos shimatismos (The 9th Configuration) ) ( Twinkle, Twinkle, Killer Kane )

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotton gem 18 April 2001
I came across this movie when at college many years ago and was wowed by its story and a particularly memorable scene which takes place in a cafe when the main protagonist, played by Stacy Keach (and us the viewers) get a startling revelation about his forgotten past . The movie is essentially a gothic mystery set in a castle which houses psychiatrically disturbed service men, traumatised by there experiences of war. Into this insanity and into the psyche of the characters comes a new doctor Colonel Kane. Can he help these tormented casualties of war ? What can he bring of himself to offer a measure of salvation? This is the mystery which keeps you guessing throughout this gothic tale of the human condition and the need for salvation or personal redemption. Stacy Keach is better than you'll ever see him or imagine him able to be and is supported superbly by a supporting cast with Scott Wilson providing the catalyst for revealing the heart of darkness at the core of the story. Don't hesitate I've waited patiently for this film to come out on DVD and wasn't disappointed on watching it again. Buy it now
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I will not write much about this film because I don't think I would be able to express myself sufficiently about how powerful and touching it is. The plot has been described before so I will not indulge in it, but I will say that the imagery, and the amount of communication conveyed through one single facial expression, delivered by the magnificent cast is astounding. After I watched it I was speechless for hours, and I thought I was relatively desensitized. I guess I got the same treatment Cutshaw did. In fact this is a film i would describe as therapeutic. To whoever has the opportunity to see this film, I say "sit down, pay attention and enjoy".
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Real Life? Or Military Madness? 26 Oct 2003
I think you have to persevere with this movie. But if you do, you will find haunting connections to your own private demons. Its clever with lots of Mash type jokes hidden within its script. As it evolves, it becomes clear that curing this one person will take Biblical sacrifice.
I felt the maker of this movie had a strong message. I cannot tell you what it was except it has a piece of us all within it. If you are the open minded type you will not be disappointed. I found this movie remarkably enjoyable with lots of thought required at its end. Surely a sign of " message received"
But understood? Thats up to the individual.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Andy B
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I have seen so many different versions of this film I was wondering if there ever was a true definitive version out there.

Well the wait is no more Blue Dolphin with the help of Mark Kermode & William Peter Blatty have give us at last the definitive cut of the movie.

Clearly taken from different elements as the ratios to the side shift at several points, this letter box copy truly is as good as it gets.

An interesting film on the points of mental illness and human sacrifice, I have been a fan since it's release, all be very limited in movie theaters.

Based on a short story, it is superbly acted & at places the outrageous brings laughter to tears.

Like most of Blatty's work, can be viewed on many levels.

Fine performances given by all & some terrific extras, which I don't often bother with, but in this case really add extra value to a great movie.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
For the first three-quarters of this film, it's a surrealist comedy about a bunch of Vietnam crazies, with some truly bizarre ideas and some absolutely excellent performances from Stacey Keach, Scott Wilson and a particularly stern Neville Brand as Major Groper, the 'Straight Man' lost in the asylum.

Then, just as you're settling into the madness, there's a shift from screwy comedy to a totally different fable of sacrifice and redemption, in which Killer Kane can bring death to redeem rather than just to destroy.
In truth, this sea-change is one of the reasons why it has become a forgotten gem, as it's so difficult to categorise, and for many the change in tone sits uncomfortably with the whimsy, slapstick and throwaway one-liners of earlier in the film. I, however, feel that there is a dark undercurrent all the way through, and the final confrontation between Kane and the Hell's Angels is a reflection of the madness within the asylum to that within society.

And the end - well, it just fills me with hope and belief in humanity every time I watch it.

Do watch this film - it should not remain a forgotten gem!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true lost classic... 19 July 2008
Directed in 1980 by William Peter Blatty, "The Ninth Configuration" still remains one of the true lost classic films... A mix of comedy, drama and an exploration of faith set around a military hospital for the insane, this film works both the brain cells and the funny bone!

Yes i'm leaving this review vauge as this really is a movie that the viewer must make their own mind up about!

Dvd wise the widescreen transfer could be a little better but a decent set of extras and audio com make up for that...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a Great Film. 29 Mar 2011
The majority of people that have reviewed this DVD have got it spot on, this is a very black comedy with fantastic performances from everyone involved in it, there's very funny off the wall laugh out loud dialog and also very touching scenes of human kindness, it starts slow but turns into a Rollercoaster ride where everything is revealed at the films conclusion, there is a scene in the film that portrays just how much someone can take before they have enough of their tormentors and take the Law into their own hands!...very Powerful. It's a strange film with twists that are unexpected, don't forget this film is based in a experimental mental health facility in an old Gothic castle run by the U.S Military, I cannot recommend this DVD enough. Thank You
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Maybe we are just fish out of water...
A new commanding officer arrives at a remote castle serving as an insane asylum for the ill and AWOL U.S. Army soldiers. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
I saw this many years ago and until recently, it has been very expensive and hard to find. I was delighted to discover this at such a good price.
Published 9 months ago by Vanessa Gent
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ninth Configuration DVD
I have this on VHS and loved it. I liked the antics of the patients, the castle, the surprise twist (that may not have been a surprise to some), and Stacey putting the bikers in... Read more
Published 18 months ago by DenO
4.0 out of 5 stars A cult classic lost in time, if only a good print was available
Blatty isn't the best director and neither does he have any luck, you need look no further than the mess that was Legion/Exorcist III. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Rob Simpson
4.0 out of 5 stars A great near miss
Two thirds of a great film, let down by a final act that gets a little too didactic and simplistic in it's ideas,
and too obvious in its twists. Read more
Published 23 months ago by K. Gordon
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprise - Stacey Keach not Mike Hammer...
Seen last mid 1980's. I remember this being a "fun" movie. Fine cast. The lines from the astronaut and the action - the entertainment. This - my view as a youngish man then. Read more
Published on 27 Mar 2012 by Man from poundstretcher
4.0 out of 5 stars A hidden and surprising gem of a movie
This is now showing it's age a bit and it didn't garner a lot of acclaim when it came out (was renamed to Killer Kane at one point to make it more palatable to the American public... Read more
Published on 5 Feb 2012 by D. Hull
1.0 out of 5 stars I cannot see how this film has such high reviews
I like slow movies. I like strange movies. I like psychological movies. I have patience with movies. I am happy to allow a film time to work it's magic & make it's point. Read more
Published on 17 Nov 2010 by Malak
5.0 out of 5 stars Read the reviews, then purchase.
I love William Peter Blatty. 'The Exorcist'we all know. His 1983 literary sequel, 'Legion' is the best horror novel, and one of the best novels I'v ever read. Read more
Published on 20 July 2010 by Anthony Nesbitt
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