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The Ninth Configuration

R In Theaters 03/2/2001 , 115min.
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Plot & Details

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" Kane (which also served as the film's title during one of its many releases). It is hard to tell if what you're going to see is the "director's cut," since there are several versions of this film, running anywhere from 99 to 140 minutes.

Awards

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1980 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay William Peter Blatty Won
1980 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Nominated
1980 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Scott Wilson Nominated

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