Opening Sequence - Contains front cover, opening page, and pages 1 to 6.
During the audio commentary
for The Ninth Configuration DVD, William Peter Blatty mentions his initial
idea for the opening sequence of the film:
"I had devised a Vietnam
War sequence in which a group of refugees are being shepherded away from the
front lines by American soldiers, and one old Vietnamese woman is hobbled
and can't walk; and an American soldier, a young man, picks her up and
carries her on his back for many miles. And when they get to the rest camp,
he puts aside his rifle, turns away from her, and she reaches into her dress
and pulls out a live grenade, and tosses it toward him. And we go then to
the face of the captain of the unit, and his face is spattered with the
blood of this marine; the young marine. And he is Captain Bennish, whom
we'll see as one of the inmates later on."