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

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$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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SGD 90,000 (Singapore) (8 December 2000)
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German actress Hildegard Knef was supposed to play the part of "Baroness Kessler", but had to drop out of the film because of illness. See more »

Goofs

Inconsistency regarding the engravings that Corso claims to be genuine (signed LCF) and forged (signed AT). In an early scene he discovers the LCF signatures on 1) an engraving of an old man holding keys in his right hand and 2) a maze that has no exit. But in a later scene he says the genuine engravings show the keys in the left hand and that the maze has an open exit. See more »

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[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 MASH (1970) See more »

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Performed by Santinho
Arranged by Wolfgang Gerhard
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an expertly paced thriller
13 February 2001 | by (hayward, california) – See all my reviews

The Ninth Gate is an expertly paced thriller that relies more on intrigue and subtlety than it does on gross out scenes. Johnny Depp plays a "book detective" who must authenticate a Satanic text that is reputed to conjure the devil. Early scenes feature a battle of sarcastic insults between Depp and Frank Langella's character, a multimillionare who hires Depp to authenticate the book. As Depp traverses Europe to acquire information, he is assisted by Emanuelle Seigner, who is coy when Depp interrogates her on her role in Depp's quest. Seigner's help is needed, as other forces jostle for possession of the book. The ending is not particularly explosive as a film involving the Devil would suggest, but there is enough intrigue and plot twisting to make The Ninth Gate an enjoyable film.


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