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Everyone was so helpful last time...
Topic by: nhunter
Posted: May 31, 2005 - 12:20 PM PDT
Last Reply: June 6, 2005 - 9:16 AM PDT

author topic: Everyone was so helpful last time...
nhunter
post #1  on May 31, 2005 - 12:20 PM PDT  
There was a movie which came out in the late 70's or early 80's that I used to obsess about, until I actually saw it a few years later when it finally became available on VHS. Now I can't even remember the title.

Just about all I can remember about it is that it was set in an insane asylum--I think the premise was that the guy who everybody thought was crazy might not be so crazy after all--maybe a "homage" to One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest?--and it had a number in the title. It might have been called something like the Forty Seventh Protocol, although needless to say there is no film with that title in the imdb.

Any clues?

Thanks again!
woozy
post #2  on May 31, 2005 - 1:50 PM PDT  
Well, there's The Fifth Floor movie. And The Ninth Configuration. Got these by do IMDB power searches on American movies excluding TV and videos between 1970-1989 and doing plot words "mental hospital" "mental institution" "asylum" and "insane" and scanning results for numbers. Anything else? male protagonist? color, bw? Large cast, small cast?
dpowers
post #3  on May 31, 2005 - 2:47 PM PDT  
i know it doesn't have a number but it could be man facing southeast from 1986.
DLeonard
post #4  on May 31, 2005 - 3:57 PM PDT  
I bet Woozy got it with Ninth Configuration.
Right time period, number in title, takes place in an asylum.
Cosplayer
post #5  on May 31, 2005 - 5:52 PM PDT  
Terminator 2
woozy
post #6  on May 31, 2005 - 6:45 PM PDT  
> On May 31, 2005 - 3:57 PM PDT DLeonard wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I bet Woozy got it with Ninth Configuration.
> Right time period, number in title, takes place in an asylum.
> ---------------------------------


Maybe. Configuration ~ Protocal. 9th ~ 42nd. The description sounds odd. Set in a gothic castle; that'd be memorable wouldn't it? The fifth floor sounds like the plot but... only nhunter can verify for sure.

Remember, the game isn't come up with *a* movie that satisfies all criterea but come up with *the* movie that may or may not be described accurately.
vanjac
post #7  on June 1, 2005 - 6:53 AM PDT  
> On May 31, 2005 - 6:45 PM PDT woozy wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On May 31, 2005 - 3:57 PM PDT DLeonard wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > I bet Woozy got it with Ninth Configuration.
> > Right time period, number in title, takes place in an asylum.
> > ---------------------------------
>

On the general topic of remembering things from about 30 years ago (in the 1970s), does anyone recall the name of an unusual soap opera, that had a wife-beater husband
and the wife reminds me of Diane Keaton of Lily Tomlin,
for some reason.

I think it was around the time of 'Dark Shadows', and
'All in the Family'.

Van
woozy
post #8  on June 1, 2005 - 11:04 AM PDT  
Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman?

The "funny" soap opera by Norman Lear starring Louise Lasser (Woody Allen's pre-Keaton girlfriend and co-star in "bananas" and "take the money and run")? It explored topical issues and had a wife beater minor character (I *think* played by Martin Mull). His wife got fed up and shoved him in a closet once and accidently killed him by stabbing him with a christmas tree branch. After Louise Lasser quit it spun of "Forever Fernwood" and then spun off a satire of the late night talk show genre called "Fernwood Tonight" (hosted, I *think* by Martin Mull's character being a twin brother of the wife beater)

> On June 1, 2005 - 6:53 AM PDT vanjac wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On May 31, 2005 - 6:45 PM PDT woozy wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > > On May 31, 2005 - 3:57 PM PDT DLeonard wrote:
> > > ---------------------------------
> > > I bet Woozy got it with Ninth Configuration.
> > > Right time period, number in title, takes place in an asylum.
> > > ---------------------------------
> >
>
> On the general topic of remembering things from about 30 years ago (in the 1970s), does anyone recall the name of an unusual soap opera, that had a wife-beater husband
> and the wife reminds me of Diane Keaton of Lily Tomlin,
> for some reason.
>
> I think it was around the time of 'Dark Shadows', and
> 'All in the Family'.
>
> Van
> ---------------------------------

vanjac
post #9  on June 1, 2005 - 12:22 PM PDT  
> On June 1, 2005 - 11:04 AM PDT woozy wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman?
>
> The "funny" soap opera by Norman Lear starring Louise Lasser (Woody Allen's pre-Keaton girlfriend and co-star in "bananas" and "take the money and run")? It explored topical issues and had a wife beater minor character (I *think* played by Martin Mull). His wife got fed up and shoved him in a closet once and accidently killed him by stabbing him with a christmas tree branch. After Louise Lasser quit it spun of "Forever Fernwood" and then spun off a satire of the late night talk show genre called "Fernwood Tonight" (hosted, I *think* by Martin Mull's character being a twin brother of the wife beater)
>
> > On June 1, 2005 - 6:53 AM PDT vanjac wrote:

> > On the general topic of remembering things from about 30 years ago (in the 1970s), does anyone recall the name of an unusual soap opera, that had a wife-beater husband
> > and the wife reminds me of Diane Keaton of Lily Tomlin,
> > for some reason.
> >
> > I think it was around the time of 'Dark Shadows', and
> > 'All in the Family'.
> >
> > Van
> > ---------------------------------

Right. That is it.

Thanks, Van

woozy
post #10  on June 1, 2005 - 1:56 PM PDT  
> Right. That is it.
>
> Thanks, Van
>
Yeay! *woozy does his victory dance, and chants "on a roll! on a roll". He likes being helpful but its pretty rare when he is lobbed a slow pitch right in his zone that all he has to do is whack it. It helps being *exactly* the right age in high school to rebel by watching late night tv in high school in *just* the right two years.*
kohnfused1
post #11  on June 2, 2005 - 11:11 AM PDT  
> On June 1, 2005 - 1:56 PM PDT woozy wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > Right. That is it.
> >
> > Thanks, Van
> >
> Yeay! *woozy does his victory dance, and chants "on a roll! on a roll". He likes being helpful but its pretty rare when he is lobbed a slow pitch right in his zone that all he has to do is whack it. It helps being *exactly* the right age in high school to rebel by watching late night tv in high school in *just* the right two years.*
> ---------------------------------

Woozy, you're a roll with no butter. Get down with yo' bad self.
woozy
post #12  on June 2, 2005 - 12:53 PM PDT  
> Woozy, you're a roll with no butter. Get down with yo' bad self.
> ---------------------------------

My good self is nice but fairly weak. (No habitats for the homeless here. Just compliments to friends and charming conversation and a passion for trivia.) But for some reason people I know always want me to explore my bad side. What they don't realize is my bad side is exceedingly angry and mean and nasty and will bite their heads off for invoking him and then never ever forgive them. My bad side is best left alone. It last surfaced six days ago and I still feel kind of bad about it.

underdog
post #13  on June 3, 2005 - 12:26 PM PDT  
Ahem, we do have The Ninth Configuration here by the way.

I'm sure that's the one, too.

Or was it Nine Facing Southeast?

I wish Mary Hartman would come out on DVD. It should, given all the true crap from TV land that has come out on disc...
woozy
post #14  on June 3, 2005 - 6:06 PM PDT  
> On June 3, 2005 - 12:26 PM PDT underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Ahem, we do have The Ninth Configuration here by the way.
>
> I'm sure that's the one, too.
>
Wow! Cool. It's on my list. Anyone seen it by the way?
DLeonard
post #15  on June 4, 2005 - 11:59 AM PDT  
> On June 3, 2005 - 6:06 PM PDT woozy wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On June 3, 2005 - 12:26 PM PDT underdog wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > Ahem, we do have The Ninth Configuration here by the way.
> >
> Wow! Cool. It's on my list. Anyone seen it by the way?
> ---------------------------------

Yes, very recently.
I wouldn't say that it's a movie I recommend, but it's not bad. It's a little aimless, but Stacey Keach puts in a solid performance.

There was a recent film called Session 9 that takes place in an abandoned asylum. It's a rather effective and creepy thriller. Nothing like Ninth Configuration, just similar settings.
nhunter
post #16  on June 6, 2005 - 9:16 AM PDT  
> On May 31, 2005 - 1:50 PM PDT woozy wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Well, there's... The Ninth Configuration...
> ---------------------------------

That's the one. Phenomenal performance from woozy! I tried searching imdb but I wasn't able to turn it up for some reason. Guess I'll have to rent it now...

Thanks again!

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