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The Ninth Gate (1999)

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

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10 March 2000 (USA)  »

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$38,000,000 (estimated)

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$6,622,518 (USA) (12 March 2000)

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$18,661,336 (USA)
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The New York City sequences were shot in Paris, as Roman Polanski could not set foot into America, because he was still wanted for his 1977 pedophilic sex crime charges, for drugging and raping the thirteen-year-old Samantha Gailey. The exterior locations were re-dressed with American-related details, and the skyscraper seen in the opening, and in Balkan's office, were Translite material taken from Manhattan. See more »

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Upon Corso's first visit to the Ceniza brothers, one of the brothers says "I would never have believed she would part with it. Never." When saying 'never' the second time, his mouth is not moving. 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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Havanaire
by Camille Saint-Saëns
Published by The Boston Music Company - Boston Mass.
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Great, but not for everyone...
7 February 2000 | by (Poland) – See all my reviews

After watching this brilliant masterpiece I came to the conclusion that Roman Polanski is one of the best directors in the history of the cinema. The people, who claim that "Ninth Gate" sucks probably don't know or don't understand his movies. You don't need tons of computer-generated special effects to make a good movie. "Ninth Gate" is so creatively made in every technical sense that it will stay in your mind forever. Wonderful music by Wojciech Kilar, outstanding sets(especially the castle at the end), nice cast, neat cinematography. OK,just go and enjoy this treasure.


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