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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dean Corso
... Boris Balkan
... Liana Telfer
... The Girl
... Baroness Kessler
... Victor Fargas
José López Rodero ... Pablo & Pedro Ceniza / 1st & 2nd Workmen (as Jose Lopez Rodero)
Tony Amoni ... Liana's Bodyguard
... Bernie
Willy Holt ... Andrew Telfer
... Witkin
... Old Man
... Old Man's Son
Rebecca Pauly ... Daughter-In-Law
Catherine Benguigui ... Concierge
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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 fly 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, but ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Every book has a life of its own... See more »

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

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10 March 2000 (USA)  »

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La última puerta  »

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Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,622,518, 12 March 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$18,661,336

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$58,401,898
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Roman Polanski: The taxi cab driver that drops Corso off at the airport. See more »

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Even though Liana viciously bites Corso's upper chest during their post-sex fight scene, Corso's chest does not show any bite marks when he is seen shirtless in the hotel scene which takes place less than one week after the bite occurred. 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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Referenced in Edición Especial Coleccionista: Underground (2013) See more »

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Havanaire
by Camille Saint-Saëns
Published by The Boston Music Company - Boston Mass.
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Great movie, no Hollywood cheese.
28 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

Excellent movie. I've seen it about 10 times now. The soundtrack rocks, with all sorts of 3's, 6's and 9's in it. (9 note melodies, melodies repeated 6 times, thirds for intervals...) Nearly flawless editing, I can't find any plot mistakes. Great film noir atmosphere. Excellent acting by Johnny Depp and Frank Langella.

Roger Ebert gave it 2 stars, because he didn't like how vague the ending was. The vague ending is one of the things that I think makes it excellent.

The title sequence is one of my favorites ever, right up there with Se7en.


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