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  • Actors: Stacy Keach, Scott Wilson, Jason Miller, Ed Flanders, Neville Brand
  • Directors: William Peter Blatty
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Blue Dolphin Film and Video
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Aug. 2003
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005BJFE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,769 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Deep in a forest of pine trees near the coast of Washington State lies a grotesque Gothic mansion commandeered by the Pentagon for use as a special psychiatric hospital for the military. Those elite personnel who know of its existence and the nature of Project Freud refer to it as Centre Eighteen. Confined to the centre are high-ranking military officers who are undergoing treatment for mental breakdowns which are unaccountable by their service experiences. Determined to establish the true nature and origin of the men's mental illness, the Pentagon enlist the services of Colonel Hudson Kane, a brilliant, yet strangely unorthodox psychiatrist. Kane s unusual approach helps him to withstand the tests that a wildly eccentric fringe inflicts on all the new medical officers. Typical of their number is Captain Cutshaw, an astronaut who aborted a space probe. He is convinced that God is a fraud and that the man in the moon tried to take advantage of his sister. His fellow inmates are similarly consumed with inner torments they fear the evil within themselves and are afraid that, within a Godless universe, man is alone in leading a purposeless existence. Slowly, through the love he possesses for his fellow man, Colonel Kane is able to break down the lunatic façade of the inmates and of Captain Cutshaw in particular but, as he leads the way back to a world of reality, the dividing line between sanity and madness assumes an increasingly vague definition so much so that Kane s colleagues pose the question of who is the therapist to whom with real urgency. The Ninth Configuration is a taut and gripping tale, which mixes theology and psychology in a search for God and the answer to the mystery of Kane s true identity. It is a film that director, producer and writer William Peter Blatty had wanted to make for a long time. Based on one of Blatty s earlier novels entitled 'Twinkle, Twinkle Killer Kane', the film had been in the planning for a number of years. 'I d wanted to do this film for quite a while' noted the creator of The Exorcist. 'I always knew that eventually I would get it made. It is a very special story. I m happy that I never gave up'.

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The lunatics are running the asylum in The Ninth Configuration--but are they really lunatics? Is Colonel Kane (Stacy Keach) really a noted psychiatrist assigned to supervise patients in an experimental government clinic or is he really "Killer" Kane, a decorated US Marine who committed atrocities in Vietnam before going insane? These are just some of the puzzles that will eventually be solved in this giddy and often brilliant drama created by William Peter Blatty, who wrote The Exorcist before going on to direct this adaptation of his own novel, Twinkle, Twinkle, Killer Kane. A satirical study of war's traumatic aftermath, the film uses battle psychosis as the springboard for a delirious and scathingly intelligent human tragedy, laced with some of the wittiest dialogue you're ever likely to hear. The film boasts a veritable menagerie of crazy characters, all brought vividly to life by a stellar supporting cast. One patient is preparing a production of Shakespeare with an all-dog cast. Another is convinced he's Superman and the resident doctor can't seem to find his trousers. But there's a method to this madness and it takes a barroom brawl--one of the most memorable in film history--to provide the harsh slap of reality to Blatty's elaborate group therapy scheme. When the true purpose of The Ninth Configuration is revealed, the film (and particularly the fine performances of Keach and Wilson) offers a depth of compassionate sanity that may well take you completely by surprise. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Colin Mcwilliams on 18 April 2001
Format: DVD
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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 18 Feb. 2008
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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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By The Big Onion on 26 July 2007
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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andy B on 31 Jan. 2010
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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 By R. A. Tasker on 19 July 2008
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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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gary M. Gibson on 26 Oct. 2003
Format: DVD
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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By Arvinder on 21 Nov. 2014
Format: DVD
One of the greatest movie ever made,the movie appears to be humorous but there is a very deep meaning hidden beneath the surface,it's a kind of movie that makes u think,dilemma that we face in our day to day life,are we really fish out of water or mere animals living on instinct,should we respond to violence with violence,yes we are certainly fish out of water because law of diminshing marginal utility applies to whatever we accomplish in life,there is a saying in Sikhism that those that are loved by god are never born,we are born to overcome the five evils that reside within us ie Sex,Anger,Greed,Affection,and Ego the ending of this movie is not right,kane commits suicide after rescuing cutshaw, all modes of addressing the wrong having failed then raising of the sword is pious and just(Shri Guru Gobind Singh tenth sikh Guru)
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