Edit
Nine (2009) Poster

(2009)

Trivia

Daniel Day-Lewis and Judi Dench had previously worked together onstage in a 1989 production of "Hamlet", as Hamlet and Gertrude. Day-Lewis infamously broke down during a scene and abruptly left the stage, never to return. Before filming began for "Nine", Day-Lewis sent Dench a note saying, "I promise not to run out on you this time."
Nicole Kidman began rehearsals just four weeks after giving birth to her daughter.
When Judi Dench was cast, her manager (who also manages Daniel Day-Lewis) sent the script to him, and he in turn called up the director Rob Marshall. Marshall stated in an interview that he thinks Day Lewis is the "best" actor around, and that he never considered offering him the part because he didn't think he would take it. Day Lewis himself was keen to take a break after his last film, but said he knew that making the film would be an unbelievable experience.
When it was decided to make a play out of Federico Fellini's (1963), the rights were easy to obtain from Fellini; his only condition was that neither his name nor the title 8 1/2 should be connected to it.
Kate Hudson mentioned in an interview with Oprah Winfrey in November 2009 that it took about six weeks to rehearse her number "Cinema Italiano", and about 2 days to film. She also said that making the movie was "maybe my best experience to date".
The performance lengths of all 7 of the ladies:
The number Nine refers to Federico Fellini's (1963), which was his ninth movie (he directed 7 on his own and co-directed one other). Also, the number 9 refers to the age young Guido is in the flashback.
"Take It All", "Cinema Italiano" and "Guarda La Luna" were specifically written for the movie by composer Maury Yeston. The first one was nominated for an Oscar and the second one for a Golden Globe. They both lost to "The Weary Kind", by T Bone Burnett & Ryan Bingham from Crazy Heart (2009). "Take It All" was originally written as a trio for Nicole Kidman.Marion Cotillard and Penélope Cruz, but just before shooting, rearranged as a solo for Cotillard, according to music supervisor Matt Sullivan. "Heart-wrenching" is how Yeston describes the performance by Cotillard.
Sophia Loren and Marion Cotillard are the only actresses to win a Best Actress Oscar for a foreign-language film; Loren for Two Women (1960) (Italian) and Cotillard for La Vie en Rose (2007) (French). Both received a second Oscar nomination for another foreign-language film: Loren for Marriage Italian Style (1964) and Cotillard for Two Days, One Night (2014).
The title song "Nine" was cut from the movie.
Anne Hathaway and Sienna Miller both auditioned for the role of Stephanie Necrophuros.
The original Broadway musical opened 9 May 1982 at the 46th Street Theater and ran for 729 performances with Raul Julia as Guido. It won five Tony awards, including Best Musical and Best Featured Actress. The latest Broadway production, starring Antonio Banderas as Guido, opened on 10 April 2003 at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre and ran for 283 performances. It won two Tonys: Best Revival of a Musical and Best Featured Actress. Banderas turned down the chance to reprise his role as Guido in the film version.
Katie Holmes was keen on Luisa's part. She auditioned, but Rob Marshall felt she was not the better choice, choosing Marion Cotillard instead.
This is one of four movies released in 2009 which used the number nine in its title. The other three are 9 (2009), $9.99 (2008) and District 9 (2009).
After Catherine Zeta-Jones left the project, actresses Amy Adams, Gwyneth Paltrow and Anne Hathaway were considered for the part of Claudia.
Javier Bardem was set to star as Guido Contini, but dropped out due to exhaustion. He decided to take a full year off to recuperate and was replaced by Daniel Day-Lewis. Both won acting Oscars the same night: Bardem in the supporting category (for No Country for Old Men (2007)) and Day-Lewis in the leading one (for There Will Be Blood (2007)), as did Day-Lewis's costar, Marion Cotillard (Actress in a Leading Role for La Vie en Rose (2007)). Catherine Zeta-Jones turned down the role of Claudia, being replaced by Nicole Kidman. Both also won acting Oscars the same night: Zeta-Jones in the supporting category (for Chicago) and Kidman in the leading one (for The Hours).
The film is set in Italy and all the characters are Italians, but Sophia Loren is the only Italian in the main cast. Italian actors Ricky Tognazzi, Elio Germano, Giuseppe Cederna and Roberto Nobile have small parts.
9 of 9 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
In the hot springs, when Guido is confiding to the cardinal, the cardinal promptly announces his admiration for Charles Chaplin. This is a reference to a song which was cut called "Not Since Charlie Chaplin".
8 of 8 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
"Be Italian" is usually the epilogue to Saraghina's song "Ti Voglio Bene". The song was cut, but the melody can still be heard in the new orchestration for the movie.
8 of 8 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Catherine Zeta-Jones was set to play Claudia but dropped out during negotiations. Jones wanted the role of Claudia enlarged. When Marshall refused, Jones left the project.
George Clooney, Johnny Depp and Antonio Banderas (who took Guido's role in 2003 Broadway revival, and was nominated for a 'Tony Award') were considered as possible Guido.
When Carla meets Guido at the train station, she says that she stayed at the hotel with her parents during the war, and there were a lot of Germans there. This references the song "The Germans at the Spa" which was in the play, but not used in the film.
7 of 7 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
The film's cast has an impressive collective Academy Award history with six Academy Award winners and one additional nominee: The crew has also been recognized by the Academy: -Production designer John Myhre was awarded for Chicago (2002) and Memoirs of a Geisha (2005) and nominated for Elizabeth (1998) and Dreamgirls (2006). Well-renowned producer Harvey Weinstein has an Academy Award from when Shakespeare in Love (1998) won Best Picture in 1999. He also produced Gangs of New York (2002) which was nominated for Best Picture in 2003.
Before Nicole Kidman was cast as Claudia, immediately after Catherine Zeta-Jones turned down the part, both Demi Moore and Juliette Binoche were auditioned for that role.
Marion Cotillard's character Luisa, is half-French and half-Italian. In (1963), the character was played by French actress Anouk Aimée. Aimée is the first actress to be nominated for an Oscar for a French-speaking role (A Man and a Woman (1966)), while Cotillard is the first and only actress to win an Oscar for a French-speaking role (La Vie en Rose (2007)).
6 of 6 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Marion Cotillard auditioned for the role of the producer (that ended up with Judi Dench) but was cast as the wife.Penélope Cruz auditioned for the film star (which went to Nicole Kidman) but wound up as the mistress.
6 of 6 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Renée Zellweger was the first choice for Carla. After several auditions, Penélope Cruz took the role.
Pre-production had to be delayed due to the writers' strike in 2007/08.
5 of 5 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
One of the more famous songs "Only With You" was cut. It is featured in most collections of music for low voices.
8 of 9 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Judi Dench and Marion Cotillard have both played Lady Macbeth. Dench on stage in the '70s, and Cotillard in the 2015 film adaptation, Macbeth (2015). They both co-starred opposite an actor who played Magneto in the X-Men franchise; Dench with Ian McKellen and Cotillard with Michael Fassbender.
8 of 9 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Daniel Day-Lewis stayed in character off set, even speaking with an Italian accent at all times.
4 of 4 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
When Stephanie meets Guido at the hotel bar, she confesses her love for his films to which he says: "Grazie" and she replies "Prego." This is a reference to the stage version of the song "Folies Bergère".
5 of 6 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Lindsay Lohan expressed interest in a role, but was turned down after producers felt she looked "too young".
5 of 6 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Producer Harvey Weinstein pushed Marion Cotillard in the lead category for the Oscars, so that she wouldn't get on the way of Penélope Cruz, who was being campaigned in supporting. Only Cruz was nominated as best supporting actress, Cotillard was snubbed despite having more screentime and the most praised performance of the film.
7 of 10 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Marion Cotillard revealed that she studied and looked to Eleanor Coppola for inspiration as a woman who is loyal but trying to find her own identity while working with a creative madman. She also watched Eleanor Coppola's documentary Hearts of Darkness, about the shooting of Apocalypse Now. Her other inspirations for Luisa included Federico Fellini's wife, Giulietta Masina, and photos of Audrey Hepburn gave her the hairdo with the big personality, the thick bangs and the ponytail.
2 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Guido's license plate is '4329', a multiple of 9, the title of the movie.
3 of 5 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
This is the second musical that Rob Marshall has directed that Chita Rivera performed in on Broadway. The first was Chicago (2002) in which Chita Rivera actually makes an appearance. She originated the role of Velma Kelly in the Broadway premier in 1975. In Nine (2009) she doesn't make an appearance, but she did however portray Lilli in the 2003 revival of Nine on Broadway.
1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Penelope Cruz's character, Carla Albanese, is based on Anna Giovannini, the long-time mistress of director Federico Fellini.
1 of 1 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Original release date of the movie was November 2nd, 2009. The Weinstein Company moved it to December 18th, 2009.
1 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink

See also

Goofs | Crazy Credits | Quotes | Alternate Versions | Connections | Soundtracks

Contribute to This Page