The Ninth Configuration (Twinkle, Twinkle, Killer Kane)
The Ninth Configuration (Twinkle, Twinkle, Killer Kane) (1980)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: February 29, 1980
DVD Release Date: September 17, 2002
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Adam Lowes

A resolutely offbeat film which offers a richly rewarding and affecting viewing experience if you're willing to embrace it's esoteric flourishes.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

unusual dark comedy, with stacy keach at his best.

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Brilliant, funny, moving examination of faith from Blatty.

Anton Bitel
Little White Lies

Like the Gothic castle (festooned with gargoyles, crucifixes and posters of Bela Lugosi) in which The Ninth Configuration is predominantly set, Blatty's film is something of a grand folly, by turns uproariously funny and deadly serious....

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Shane Burridge

At its worst, it is supposed to be profound; at its best it's amusing

Jeremy Heilman

An allegory that's so impossibly overstuffed that it can't help but explode

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Obtuse thriller.

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Brian Mckay

Should be the centerpiece of a Stacy Keach shrine somewhere . . . should one ever be erected.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Pierluigi Puccini
A Marx Brothers movie, with theology.
Alec Barniskis
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)… More
Derek Daniels
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… More
Christopher Brown
Willaim Peter Blatty's masterpiece, one of the few movies that are better than the source novel. Great performances from the ensemble cast and a superb… More
Drew Smith
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… More