The Ninth Configuration (Twinkle, Twinkle, Killer Kane)
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The Ninth Configuration (Twinkle, Twinkle, Killer Kane)
William Peter Blatty, author of The Exorcist, proved a workmanlike producer/director for 1979's The Ninth Configuration. Army psychiatrist Col. Kane (Stacy Keach) (teetering on the sanity brink himself) tries to minister to the patients in a military mental hospital. The fact that the hospital is located in a brooding old castle is hardly conducive to speedy recoveries. Nor does the mid-film barroom brawl indicate that Kane's approach to mental health is all that workable. Blatty adapted the screenplay for The Ninth Configuration from his own novel Twinkle, Twinkle, "Killer"… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"unusual dark comedy, with stacy keach at his best."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"Brilliant, funny, moving examination of faith from Blatty."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"At its worst, it is supposed to be profound; at its best it's amusing"
‑ Shane Burridge, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"An allegory that's so impossibly overstuffed that it can't help but explode"
‑ Jeremy Heilman, MovieMartyr.com
"Should be the centerpiece of a Stacy Keach shrine somewhere . . . should one ever be erected."
‑ Brian Mckay, eFilmCritic.com