133 min – Mystery | Thriller – 10 March 2000 (USA)
IMDB Rating: 6.6/10 from 101,653 users
Director: Roman Polanski
Writers: Arturo Pérez-Reverte (novel), John Brownjohn (screenplay)
Awards: 1 win & 3 nominations.
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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- Johnny Depp – Dean Corso
- Frank Langella – Boris Balkan
- Lena Olin – Liana Telfer
- Emmanuelle Seigner – The Girl
- Barbara Jefford – Baroness Kessler
- Jack Taylor – Victor Fargas
- José López Rodero – Pablo & Pedro Ceniza / 1st & 2nd Workmen
- Tony Amoni – Liana’s Bodyguard
- James Russo – Bernie
- Willy Holt – Andrew Telfer
- Allen Garfield – Witkin
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,
Balkan asks Corso to verify whether his book is authentic or a forgery. He states 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.
During his journey in Europe, Corso is pursued by Liana and her bodyguard, who belong to the sect The Order of the Silver Serpents, and is protected by a mysterious Girl with supernatural powers.
Meanwhile, the owners of the two other exemplars of The Nine Gates are murdered.
Corso becomes obsessed with the book. But complications, both natural & supernatural, arise at every turn.
- The Ninth Gate 1999 Movie Review (theeradicatorreviews.com)