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Ninth Configuration, The

Written, directed and produced by William Peter Blatty of Exorcist fame, this stars Stacey ‘Hammer’ Keach as a psychiatrist who comes to a remote castle and sets about helping former soldiers interned there as seemingly hopelessly insane cases. With music by Leslie Bricusse and choreography by Bob Fosse this enchanting musical…only joking! As Keach grapples with both his and his patient’s internal demons there is much darkness on show here, and much acting on the part of Keach who is always excellent anyway. Called by some a cinematic masterpiece (notably one WP Blatty), though not by us we must admit.

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