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

Director:

Shane Acker

Writers:

Pamela Pettler (screenplay by), Shane Acker (story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Christopher Plummer ... #1 (voice)
Martin Landau ... #2 (voice)
John C. Reilly ... #5 (voice)
Crispin Glover ... #6 (voice)
Jennifer Connelly ... #7 (voice)
Fred Tatasciore ... #8 / Radio Announcer (voice)
Elijah Wood ... #9 (voice)
Alan Oppenheimer ... Scientist (voice)
Tom Kane ... Dictator (voice)
Helen Wilson Helen Wilson ... News Caster (voice)
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Storyline

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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(7) To Defend Us... See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

NĂºmero 9 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,740,446, 13 September 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$31,743,332, 29 November 2009

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$48,428,063, 14 February 2013
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Martin Landau, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer; and one Oscar nominee: John C. Reilly. See more »

Goofs

When 1 marks 2's number off on the calendar, it is under Thursday. 3 and 4 (also marked off) are on Friday and Saturday. Sunday's number on the next week cannot be seen, but then Monday is numbered 5, and the numbers continue from there, ending on 10 for Saturday. The following week follows the same pattern, skipping Sunday, then starting on Monday with 11, then 12, 13 before the calendar can no longer be read. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

Featured in This Morning: Episode dated 28 October 2009 (2009) See more »

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Dies Irae
Traditional
Performed by Crispin Glover
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A true great, if it had just chosen an audience!
18 July 2010 | by tnt80808See all my reviews

First things first. DO NOT SHOW THIS MOVIE TO VERY YOUNG CHILDREN!! This is a very dark and often scary animation. I would recommend it as an 8 years and up movie, minimum!

And this is also this movies biggest problem. It just didn't pick a target market. It is neither cuddly enough for kids or smart enough for adults. Many reviewers have said how they were confused by the plot or that there didn't seem to be a reason for anything??? I found the opposite, this movie is very straight-forward, a little too so maybe. It is a simple tale of good versus evil in a post apocalyptic, alternative earth. (I fear the suits holding the money may have had something to do with the "dumbing down" of the story however and not the writers).

All this being said, it is beautiful to look at, with some fantastic set pieces and atmosphere and despite it's simple story, it is a sweet tale. The voice acting is solid (special mention goes to John C Riley for his ever-so-sweet portrayal of "5") and the action scenes are tense and well thought out. As I said earlier, the monsters in this really are quite creepy, even by grown-up standards, add to that the post-war setting and occasional images of (albeit CG) dead bodies/death and this really puts this movie out of the young kids film bracket.

"9" could have been so much more. In my opinion, it would have worked better as a grown-up animation with a slightly meatier script and the peril ramped up a little. As it is, it sits somewhat uncomfortably in limbo between kids and grown-ups, fully satisfying neither. Now, your thinking, "he gave this 7/10 and all he has done is complain!" well, it is a good movie and I did enjoy it a lot. It is haunting, thought provoking and beautifully animated and would have scored a 10/10 if it had just been written more towards older viewers.

A fantastic idea, lovingly animated. could have been a classic if it had just been a little braver in the writing phase.


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