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The Ninth Configuration


Stacy Keach, Scott Wilson, Ed Flanders, Neville Brand View All


William Peter Blatty (Screenplay), William Peter Blatty (Director) View All

Release: Feb. 29th, 1980
Runtime: 1 hour, 58 minutes
Col. Vincent Kane is a military psychiatrist who takes charge of an army mental hospital situated in a secluded castle. Among Kane's many eccentric patients is Capt. Billy Cutshaw, a troubled astronaut in the midst of an existential crisis. Although Kane's own grasp on sanity is questionable, he manages to engage Cutshaw in a series of thoughtful conversations about science and faith that deeply affect the lives of both men.
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The film has many confrontations between Kane and Cutshaw.
Author William Peter Blatty went further to channel that evil through what is essentially an innocent creature: a child, while also having the person who is supposed to fight against that evil, a priest, question his own beliefs in The Exorcist.