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A rag doll that awakens in a postapocalyptic future holds the key to humanity's salvation.



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Cast overview:
#1 (voice)
#2 (voice)
#5 (voice)
#6 (voice)
#7 (voice)
#8 / Radio Announcer (voice)
#9 (voice)
Scientist (voice)
Dictator (voice)
Helen Wilson ...
News Caster (voice)


In a world destroyed in a war between man and machine, a hand-stitched doll with the number 9 written on its back comes to life. The world he has awakened in is frightening, but he quickly learns that he is not alone and that there are others like him, also with a single digit written on their back. The first one he encounters is 2 who tells him something of what happened to the world. 2 is also thrilled with the disk 9 is carrying, one with three unique symbols on the front. 9 soon learns that the disk and some of the other dolls who are prepared to die for the good of humankind may be the last hope for man's salvation. Written by garykmcd

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence and scary images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 September 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Número 9  »

Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,740,446 (USA) (11 September 2009)


$31,743,332 (USA) (27 November 2009)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first ten minutes have almost no dialogue -- much like the dialogue-free 11-minute short film that this movie is based upon, 9 (2005). See more »


When 5's map blows away, it gets caught on a piece of wood, but then blows away further when 5 and 9 approach it. However, when 5 and 9 are in the cave, 7 knows that they are in there because she sees the map caught on the piece of wood. See more »


[first lines]
Scientist: We had such potential. Such promise. But we squandered our gifts, our intelligence. Our blind pursuit of technology only sped us quicker to our doom. Our world is ending. But life must go on.
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Crazy Credits

Some of the end credits emerge from 9's talisman. See more »


Referenced in Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: Gnomeo and Juliet (2011) See more »


Over the Rainbow
Written by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg
Performed by Judy Garland
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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User Reviews

9 is a 6
10 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

9 is better than average... but only barely.

The movie is carried by a unique visual style and a great sense of "place." The sack-men (and woman) are refreshingly odd and fun to watch. The post-apocalyptic city is consistently beautiful and dangerous. Desolate without feeling dull.

Unfortunately, the story and characters ARE dull. Not crushingly so... but enough to frustrate. Frequent, obvious plot holes and violations of established world-rules pulled me out of the movie over and over again. Tired clichés abound. I wasn't able to shake the feeling that I'd seen and heard this all before.

And that's a shame because there's a lot of potential here. If only the writer had taken more chances. Why not challenge the audience and defy expectations? Why make a movie that's too scary for kids but too simplistic for adults? Who is expected to enjoy it?

I would watch another Shane Acker movie if one is made (hopefully after he's picked a target audience). But 9 is not a classic.

... that said, it's probably worth watching on the big screen just for the sights and sounds.

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