Nine (2009) Poster



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."
After Catherine Zeta-Jones left the project, actresses Amy Adams, Gwyneth Paltrow and Anne Hathaway were considered for the part of Claudia.
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.
Nicole Kidman began rehearsals just four weeks after giving birth to her daughter.
Anne Hathaway and Sienna Miller both auditioned for the role of Stephanie Necrophuros, a part which eventually went to Kate Hudson.
Katie Holmes was keen on Luisa's part. She auditioned, but Rob Marshall felt she was not the better choice, choosing Marion Cotillard instead.
Renée Zellweger was the first choice for Carla. After several auditions, Penélope Cruz took the role.
The performance lengths of all 7 of the ladies:
  • Marion Cotillard: 17 Minutes & 16 Seconds

  • Penelope Cruz: 12 Minutes & 26 Seconds

  • Judi Dench: 11 Minutes & 28 Seconds

  • Nicole Kidman: 10 Minutes & 16 Seconds

  • Kate Hudson: 8 Minutes & 41 Seconds

  • Fergie: 7 Minutes & 39 Seconds

  • Sophia Loren: 4 Minutes & 11 Seconds

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).
The title song "Nine" was cut from the movie.
Kate Hudson mentioned in an interview with Oprah 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 [her] best experience to date".
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).
The number Nine refers to Fellini's 8 1/2, 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.
One of the more famous songs "Only With You" was cut. It is featured in most collections of music for low voices.
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.
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.
Javier Bardem turned down the role of Guido, being 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).
When Carla meets Guido at the train station, she says that she stayed at 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.
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.
Pre-production had to be delayed due to the writer's strike in 2007/08.
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.
The original Broadway musical opened May 9, 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 Apr 10, 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.
Guido's license plate is '4329'. Adding all of the numbers together equals 18. Adding those digits together (1 + 8) equals 9, the title of the movie.
In the hot springs, when Guido is confiding to the cardinal, the cardinal promptly announces his admiration for the Charlie Chaplin. This is a reference to a song which was cut called "Not Since Charlie Chaplin".
In the scene where Kate Hudson's character Stephanie meets Guido at the hotel bar, Stephanie confesses her love for Guido's films to which Guido says: "Grazie" and Stephanie replies "Prego." This is a reference to the stage version of the song "Folies Bergère".
"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.
Lindsay Lohan expressed interest in a role, but was turned down after producers felt she looked "too young".
Original release date of the movie was November 2nd, 2009. The Weinstein Company moved it to December 18th, 2009.
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