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497 Ratings

The Ninth Configuration

Directed by William Peter Blatty
United States, 1980
Comedy, Drama, Horror
  • English
  • English, Spanish


In the final days of the Vietnam War, a military psychiatrist, Col. Kane, takes charge of an experimental army mental hospital situated in a secluded castle. Among his many eccentric patients is Capt. Cutshaw, a troubled astronaut in the midst of an existential crisis.

Our take

AKA Twinkle, Twinkle, “Killer” Kane—William Peter Blatty’s psychological dramedy may have always been overshadowed by the success of the Exorcist but has, over time, received its due. Disarming, disturbing and divisive, critical reevaluation rightfully posits the film as a cult classic.

The Ninth Configuration Directed by William Peter Blatty

Awards & Festivals

Golden Globes (USA)

1981 | Winner: Best Screenplay - Motion Picture

1981 | 2 nominations including: Best Motion Picture - Drama

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