The Ninth Configuration (1980)


The movie The Ninth Configuration (1980), also known as Twinkle, Twinkle, “Killer” Kane, is a psychological drama film written, produced, and directed by William Peter Blatty. It is the second installment in Blatty’s “Faith Trilogy” after The Exorcist. The film follows a former marine, Colonel Vincent Kane, who arrives at a remote castle that serves as a mental asylum. His mission is to rehabilitate the patients by allowing them to act out their fantasies. As he delves into the minds of the patients, he uncovers deep-rooted traumas and struggles with his own faith and sanity.

The movie The Ninth Configuration (1980) explores themes of identity, faith, and the nature of good and evil. It delves into the complexities of the human mind and the power of belief. As Colonel Kane navigates the challenges of the asylum, he forms connections with the patients and confronts his own inner demons.

The Ninth Configuration (1980) combines elements of drama, psychological thriller, and dark comedy.


  • Stacy Keach as Colonel Vincent Kane
  • Scott Wilson as Captain Billy Cutshaw
  • Jason Miller as Lieutenant Frankie Reno
  • Ed Flanders as Colonel Richard Fell
  • Neville Brand as Major Marvin Groper
  • George DiCenzo as Lieutenant Bennish
  • Moses Gunn as Sergeant Krebs


  • The Ninth Configuration (1980) is based on William Peter Blatty’s 1978 novel of the same name, which was a reworking of an earlier version of his 1966 novel Twinkle, Twinkle, “Killer” Kane!.
  • The film is the directorial debut of William Peter Blatty, who is best known for writing the novel and screenplay for The Exorcist.
  • The Ninth Configuration (1980) is the second installment in Blatty’s “Faith Trilogy,” which explores themes of faith, redemption, and the nature of evil.


  • Decade in Review – YouTube: This video review by Matthew Pejkovic of Matt’s Movie Reviews provides an analysis of The Ninth Configuration (1980) and discusses its themes and performances.
  • BFI: This article from the British Film Institute offers a retrospective look at The Ninth Configuration (1980) and its significance in the career of William Peter Blatty.


Last updated byAnonymous on November 1, 2023