The Ninth Configuration

Synopsis: A new commanding officer arrives at a remote castle serving as an insane asylum for crazy and AWOL U.S.M.C. soldiers where he attempts to rehabilitate them by allowing them to live out their crazy fantasies while combating his own long-suppressed insanity.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Horror
Production: Warner Bros.
  Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
118 min


Aborting the launch.

Aborting the launch.

There is nothing up there!

Nothing, nothing!

Somebody's coming.

Good morning, you fucking Venusians!

You wanna fight me? I'll fight you!

May Day, May day,

Sink the Bismarck!

I'm coming down.

Look out..this looks like a job for superman...

Damn you Mayor Nammack,

get a move on! Move on! Move on you weirdos!

You know I wish you'd douche; sincerely.

Watch your elbow.

Hey mom, could I have a quarter for the movies please?

Damned sun, there is no color in the air.

- What country is this?

- The Bronx.


Hail Caesar!

Towards the end of the war in Vietnam

an unusually high percentage...

... of american servicemen suddenly manifested symptoms of psychosis.

Most of them were in combat...

... and had no prior history of mental disturbance.

These facts,

plus the epidemic scope of the problem

and the controversial nature of the vietnam war...

...led american authorities to wonder whether many...

... if not most of the men, were faking.

To probe the mystery,

the government established a network of

secret study centres and clinics.

The last of these

No. 18 was highly experimental in nature...

... set up in an old abandoned castle in Pacific NorthWest in United States.

Among these inmates was an astronaut,

who during final countdown

had aborted the mission into outer space.

Robert Browning had the clap,

and he caught it from Charlotte

and Emily Bronte.

- Shut your mouth, you crazy bastard!

- You don't want to hear the truth.

- He caught it from both of them...

- Shut up!

Fucking weirdos.

Yellow smartass college pricks...

- that says it.

Who do you think you're kidding, huh?

Well bad news boys.

Tough shit.

Well, guess who's coming to take command next week?

Can you guess boys, huh?

A psychiatrist!

The best. The best in uniform!

The greatest fucking psychiatrist since Jung!

Guessing you're good at,

you slimy snakes...

- Bravo.

- Good image.

- Splendid, Groper.

- Just one more thing sir.


Stick a pineapple up your ass

and pretend you're Hawaiian.


Dammit! Who the hell is coming?

Vincent, vincent...


- Sorry, sir.

- Yes, its alright.

I confess that I love you...

... tell me will you love me too.

I confess that I need you...

Oh yes, I do.

- ... need you every morning.

- Shut up!

What's that in your hand?

A fog horn...chinese junks have

been reported in the area.

Cutshaw, get back in the line.

- Fall in!

- You're supposed to be nice to us, Groper.

Here comes the psychiatrist, Groper..

time to clean up your act!

Yeah, call us pricks now, Groper.

Go ahead.

Hey, lets hear it for the shrink!

Let's have a song "You are my sunshine."

"You are my sunshine, my only sunshine...

... you make me happy,

When skies are grey.

You'll never know, dear,

How much I love you....

Please don't take my sunshine away".

- Boys, would you knock this off.

- F*ck you.

Its very pretty.

Famous lines from famous movies!

"Oh Frankie, your mother forgives me!"

Victor McLaglen in "The Informer"

"We don't need no stinking badges"

"The Treasure of Sierra Madre"

Thank you, sargeant.

- Take care.

- Goodbye, sir.


He's done it again...

My jacket, my shirt and my pants...


Boys, come to attention.

You've go to say "Simon says"

then we'll do it...

Play therapy. What a fine thought!

- Poor bastards.

- Simon says fall in!

You're a psychiatrist, aren't you?


Yeah, I thought so. I'm Fromme,

I'm a medical officer.

Sure as glad you're best.

I can use all the help I can possibly get.

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William Peter Blatty

William Peter Blatty (January 7, 1928 – January 12, 2017) was an American writer and filmmaker best known for his 1971 novel The Exorcist and for the Academy Award-winning screenplay of its film adaptation. He also wrote and directed the sequel The Exorcist III. After the success of The Exorcist, Blatty reworked Twinkle, Twinkle, "Killer" Kane! (1960) into a new novel titled The Ninth Configuration, published in 1978. Two years later, Blatty adapted the novel into a film of the same title and won Best Screenplay at the 1981 Golden Globe Awards. Some of his other notable works are the novels Elsewhere (2009), Dimiter (2010) and Crazy (2010). Born and raised in New York City, Blatty received his bachelor's degree in English from Georgetown University in 1950, and his master's degree in English literature from the George Washington University. Following completion of his master's degree in 1954, he joined the United States Air Force, where he worked in the Psychological Warfare Division. After service in the air force, he worked for the United States Information Agency in Beirut. more…

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