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Episode 323: The Ninth Configuration (1980)

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Special Guest: Stacy Keach
Guest Co-Hosts: Samm Deighan, Heather Drain

Written and directed by William Peter Blatty, The Ninth Configuration (1980) has been known at points and was based on his novel Twinkle Twinkle Killer Kane. The film stars Stacy Keach as Col. Hudson Kane, a new psychiatrist at an unusual retreat for men who have cracked up during the Vietnam War. Also at this fog shrouded castle is Captain Billy Cutshaw (Scott Wilson), an astronaut who freaked out before his mission to the moon. The two men are at odds about the world, especially around the question of faith.

Heather Drain and Samm Deighan join Mike to discuss the Blatty, The Exorcist, Legion, and starting a Joe Spinell street gang.

Buy The Ninth Configuration on Blu-Ray
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Buy Demons Five, Exorcists Nothing: A Fable by William Peter Blatty
Buy All in All: An Actor's Life On and Off the Stage by Stacy Keach
Visit the official Stacy Keach website
Hear Tom Atkins's recollections of working on The Ninth Configuration
Read more about Ed Flanders
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