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The Ninth Gate (1999)

R  |   |  Mystery, Thriller  |  10 March 2000 (USA)
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A rare book dealer, while seeking out the last two copies of a demon text, gets drawn into a conspiracy with supernatural overtones.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Taylor ...
José López Rodero ...
Pablo & Pedro Ceniza / 1st & 2nd Workmen (as Jose Lopez Rodero)
Tony Amoni ...
Willy Holt ...
Jacques Dacqmine ...
Old Man's Son
Rebecca Pauly ...
Catherine Benguigui ...


In New York, the money-driven dealer Dean Corso is a rare-books expert and partner of Bernie, who owns a bookstore. He is contacted by the renowned collector of books about the devil Boris Balkan, who has just acquired the rare The Nine Gates of the Kingdom of Shadows from the collector Andrew Telfer, to verify whether his book is authentic or a forgery. Balkan explains that the book was written by the writer Aristide Torchia, in 1666, with Lucifer and he was burned at the stake with his entire work. There are only three exemplars of The Nine Gates and in accordance with the legend, its nine engravings form a riddle to conjure the devil. The skeptical Corso accepts the assignment and has to flight to Sintra, Portugal, and Paris, France, to contact the owners Victor Fargas and Baroness Kessler and find the genuine exemplar for Balkan. Meanwhile, he asks Bernie to hide the rare book. Before traveling to Europe, the widow Liana Telfer wants to retrieve the book and has sex with Corso, ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Leave the unknown alone See more »


Mystery | Thriller

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Rated R for some violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 March 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La última puerta  »

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$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,622,518 (USA) (10 March 2000)


SGD 90,000 (Singapore) (8 December 2000)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The book of the nine gates, they say was written in 1666. See more »


Even though Liana viciously bites Corso's upper chest during their post-sex fight scene, Corso's chest does not show any bite marks when he is seen shirtless in the hotel scene which takes place less than one week after the bite occurred. See more »


[first lines]
Dean Corso: It's an impressive collection. You have some very rare editions here. Are you sure you want to sell them all?
Old Man's Son: They're of no use to father. Not anymore. Not since he's been this way. His library was his whole world. Now it's just a painful memory.
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References Bitter Moon (1992) See more »


by Camille Saint-Saëns
Published by The Boston Music Company - Boston Mass.
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User Reviews

A Great Film - Highly Underrated
31 July 2003 | by (Calgary, Canada) – See all my reviews

The Ninth Gate is a great film and one of Roman Polanski's most underrated films. Twenty years from now people will give this film the respect it deserves and hail it to be the great film that it is.

Fist of all The Ninth Gate is not an action film. It's a slow-paced psychological thriller very similar in tone and style to Polanski's earlier films Chinatown and Frantic. Johnny Depp and Frank Langella both give great performances. Darius Khondji's photography is amazing and it has an even more amazing score by Kilar. The majority of the film was shot on location and is like a guided tour through Europe.

Ignore the negative reviews and comments from people who've been brainwashed and blinded by the current Hollywood fast-food style of film making with the intention of only appealing to the lowest common denominator. A review doesn't make a good film better or a bad film worse. A superb film. Rating 10 out of 10.

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