The Ninth Gate

The Ninth Gate

Roman Polanski (1999)

127min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This largely successful return to the horror genre by Roman Polanski features sardonic wit, subtle suspense tricks and razor-sharp irony. Johnny Depp plays the rare books expert hired by billionaire Frank Langella to authenticate his copy of an ancient tome that was supposedly written in conjunction with the Devil. Based on Arturo Pérez-Reverte's bestseller El Club Dumas, this satisfying gothic chiller has moody atmosphere, a stunning score (from Wojciech Kilar) and sinister unease to spare as it leads the viewer up numerous garden paths to a disappointing hallucinatory climax.

Summary

A book dealer is hired by a wealthy collector to locate the two remaining copies of 17th-century work The Nine Gates to the Kingdom of Shadows. His search takes him to New York, Madrid and Paris as he becomes increasingly curious about rumours that the book's author collaborated with the Devil. Roman Polanski's horror, starring Johnny Depp, Emmanuelle Seigner, Frank Langella and Lena Olin.

Cast & Crew

Dean Corso Johnny Depp
The girl Emmanuelle Seigner
Boris Balkan Frank Langella
Liana Telfer Lena Olin
Baroness Kessler Barbara Jefford
Victor Fargas Jack Taylor
Rodero Bernie James Russo
Pablo Ceniza/Pedro Ceniza Jose Lopez Rodero
Director Roman Polanski
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: Violence, a sex scene and nudity. Available on: video and DVD
Drama