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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

Cast overview:
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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(1) To Protect Us... See more »


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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:

Número 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

Elijah Wood was the production's first choice for the voice of 9. See more »

Goofs

Before the Seamstress is attacking, there was a quick shot of 8. His mouth was sewed so he couldn't scream for help. Why didn't the Seamstress sew 1's mouth closed? 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 Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: 9 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Dies Irae
Traditional
Performed by Crispin Glover
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A visual banquet
12 December 2009 | by Juliet StaveleySee all my reviews

As a long-time fan of animation, I like to believe (misguided or not) that I have high standards and am not easily impressed. But this creation blew me away, so much so that I felt compelled to write my first ever review on this site. Please forgive me for the abundance of clichés that may follow.

9 reminded me strongly of my favourite short-work, Joacquin Baldwin's award-winning Sebastian's Voodoo. The detail, backgrounds, colours, forms, the dark 'grubbiness' of the overall look, the minimal but meaningful character expressions and sublime use of light and shadow were pure heaven for the eyes.

Imagine, if you will, a strange but beautiful lovechild of The Borrowers, Voodoo, Alien, Corpse Bride and War of the Worlds; and you have 9.

The atmospheric score and use of imagery from various real political movements and historic events added to the post-apocalyptic, almost Gothic feel. To prevent it from becoming too heavy, it is interwoven with a deliciously subtle humour and creativity - such as the use of ordinary household objects as weapons and items of clothing. You can tell that Tim Burton had more than a sprinkling of input.

Yes, the storyline is simple (which is why I am puzzled that so many viewers found the ending difficult to grasp) and the characters could have done with more development. That said, I immediately fell in love with 2, 4 and 5 with no knowledge of their past - a difficult task to achieve. And it would be hard to create nine full-blooded personalities with back-history involved in a complex plot in only 80 minutes.

Which brings me to timing and the only reason I knocked a star off - I felt it ended too quickly and I just did not want it to.

It is a rare sort of exquisite film-making that makes you want to serve it on a plate and eat it raw, enjoying every last mouthful. Then savour it all over again because you know you've missed so much in all the glorious detail.

It is a film that stays with you long after it ends. I would urge anyone with a love of the unusual to experience it.


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