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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.
Kane becomes very interested in a man named Cutshaw (Scott Wilson), a military astronaut who bailed out of a shuttle launch after having a breakdown in the moments leading up to the launch.
The film does feel like it goes a bit overboard in the last act, and it requires a bit of a suspension of disbelief, but Blatty more than makes up with the way he handles his main themes while pairing it with interesting visuals and a strong emotional core, anchored in Wilson's character, who is the....