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The Ninth Gate (1999)

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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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Box Office


$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Chateau Puivert is first pictured in a painting behind Boris Balkan while in his penthouse office towards the beginning of the film. See more »


Any time The Girl floats down to save the day, the wires supporting her are very visible in the shots. 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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Referenced in Francisco Maltes (2008) See more »


Sete saias
Performed by Santinho
Arranged by Wolfgang Gerhard
Courtesy of LaserLight Digital by Arrangement with Source/Q
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It keeps getting better...
9 June 2004 | by (Husum, Sweden) – See all my reviews

What I like most about this movie, is that there are new things to be amazed by everytime one sees it. The first time I watch it, I was captivated by the music ( and Johnny Depp, gotta love him...) I also really liked the story and most of the actors' performances. The second time I watched it I started to pick up on the details, like the engravings, the real purpose of the mystery woman and the excellent work on the scenery and lightning. Now, I think I have watched it maybe 7 or 8 times, and it keeps getting better and better. This film is really has a life of it's on, and a life filled with passion, that is. It really has it's dark moments as well as uplifting ones. Everyone should see this movie. Unfortunately, I don't think everyone can't or won't take the time to just sit down and appreciate it. This isn't an action movie, the latest Hollywood production or one of those romantic comedies "everybody" love. Sometimes it's kinda slow, but that's part of it's charm. Great things doesn't have to be rushed, filled with explosions and have naked women running around with their breast flip-flopping all over the scene. This is, one brilliant film and those who doesn't agree just can't understand it.

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