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The Ninth Configuration

The Ninth Configuration is an often confusing story concerning the effects of a new 'doctor' on an institution for crazed military men which manages to effectively tie itself together in the end. Problem is the William Peter Blatty film takes entirely too long to explain itself.

With:
Stacy Keach Scott Wilson Jason Miller Neville Brand Moses Gunn Robert Loggia

The Ninth Configuration is an often confusing story concerning the effects of a new ‘doctor’ on an institution for crazed military men which manages to effectively tie itself together in the end. Problem is the William Peter Blatty film takes entirely too long to explain itself.

Blatty makes his directorial debut here in addition to performing, producing and writing from his own novel.

Stacy Keach limns an army colonel who has been brought Stateside to play psychiatrist to a compound of disturbed military men. From the beginning it’s apparent Keach is infinitely more disturbed than any of the men he is supposed to be treating, making the actor’s monotone, robot-like state unbearably grating on the nerves only minutes after his appearance.

The Ninth Configuration

Production: Warner. Director William Peter Blatty; Producer William Peter Blatty; Screenplay William Peter Blatty; Camera Gerry Fisher; Editor T. Battle Davis, Peter Lee-Thompson, Roberto Silvi; Music Barry DeVorzon; Art Director Bill Malley, J. Dennis Washington

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1980. Running time: 105 MIN.

With: Stacy Keach Scott Wilson Jason Miller Neville Brand Moses Gunn Robert Loggia

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