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.