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From Rob Marshall, the director of CHICAGO comes NINE, a vibrant and provocative musical filled with love, lust, passion and glamour. A world famous film director reaches a creative and personal crisis of epic proportion, while balancing numerous women in his life. With its incredible all-star cast, amazing performances and stunning visuals, this razzle-dazzle extravaganza will make you long to BE ITALIAN.


"Be Italian!" comes the thundering command from one of the catchiest songs in Nine, and the movie version of this Broadway musical hit is undeniably solid on that point. It's drenched in cool cars, glamorous Italian threads, and cozy Roman neighborhoods, all circa 1962. That, you will note, is the vintage of Federico Fellini's classic film 8 ½, the source for both the stage show and Rob Marshall's frantic musical picture. As in the Fellini, the story revolves around film director Guido Contini, a glamorous public genius who's expected to begin shooting his expensive new movie in a few days. The only problem is, the maestro has no idea what his next film will be about, and he spirals through a week of mistresses, cigarettes, and robust fantasy as he avoids the subject. Marshall's approach to musicalizing this massive case of writer's block is to shunt the songs off into the giant studio where the sets for Guido's new movie have been built; the idea, presumably, is to frame them so the audience isn't perturbed by the old-movie convention of characters breaking into song in the middle of a scene. Fair enough, maybe, but did the numbers themselves have to be so aggressively vulgar? All of Guido's women have their turn to vocalize (and invariably writhe around in slutty underwear): Marion Cotillard plays his faultless wife, Penélope Cruz a hot-tempered mistress, Nicole Kidman his elegant star, Kate Hudson a horny journalist, Black Eyed Peas member Fergie the voluptuous beachside prostitute of Guido's childhood. And that's not the end of Guido's feminine carousel; Judi Dench plays his loyal costumer, and Sophia Loren lends her iconic stature to the role of Guido's mother. The man himself is played by Daniel Day-Lewis, who doesn't have the sheer movie-star presence of Mastroianni in 8 ½, even if he creates an intriguing visual figure--all bony intensity and nicotine jags. The film's empty flash is quickly numbing, and even fans of the original musical will likely find it a chore sorting through the glitz. On the upside, it may make you want to watch 8 ½ again. --Robert Horton

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Special Features

Take a look behind the curtain of Nine, meet the glamorous women , see the dazzling sets and costumes.
Commentary with Director Rob Marshall and Producer John DeLuca
8 featurettes
3 music videos

Product Details

  • Actors: Daniel Day-Lewis, Penelope Cruz
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: May 4, 2010
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001FB55OE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,285 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Nine" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

Overall, the musical numbers are very good.
I just felt this movie was so bad that I want to warn anyone who is skeptical of the movie musical genre not to waste their time or money.
Stephen Larner
I also thought that Marshall is not yet the great film maker that Fellini was and could in no way come up to the Maestro's standards.

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121 of 145 people found the following review helpful By thornhillatthemovies.com VINE VOICE on January 15, 2010
Format: DVD
I am a little upset with people who are fans of musicals. There isn't enough product to satisfy our desire and when a very good example of this genre is released, we stay away in droves. I simply don't understand why "Nine", the new musical, not to be confused with "9", the recent animated film from Tim Burton, s getting pretty unanimously bad critical reviews. I don't understand why fans of the genre are staying away.

Directed by Rob Marshall ("Chicago"), "Nine" is an adaptation of a very successful Broadway musical adapted from the Fellini film "8 ½". The film contains some very good performances and some amazing vocals and dancing from actors I didn't know could sing or dance. Add to that a beautiful and romantic period setting and you have a film that is a fitting companion piece to "Chicago".

Are fans of this genre waiting for the next Gene Kelly or Fred Astaire? Is that why they are staying away? Do you secretly desire "An American in Paris II" or a remake of "Singin' In The Rain"? That won't happen (I pray to God). As we continue to evolve and our tastes become more modern, the genres we love have to adapt and change along with us. For a long period of time, the only musicals we could see on the big screen were animated. Many of these were great and provided an avenue for talented people. Then, Baz Luhrmann managed to convince 20th Century Fox to let him make "Moulin Rouge". "Chicago", "Mamma Mia", "Hairspray" and more than a few films that should be forgotten followed this. A lot of people didn't like "Moulin Rouge" because of the frantic visual style. I loved it. "Chicago" is a bit more traditional than "Moulin Rouge", allowing the viewer to get involved in the story and characters because they take a moment (every so often) to breath.
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38 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Craig Whittle on March 6, 2010
Format: Blu-ray

STARRING: Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Judi Dench, Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman, Sophia Loren and Stacy Ferguson

WRITTEN BY: Michael Tolkin and Anthony Minghella; based on the Broadway musical "Nine" by Arthur Kopit, Maury Yeston and Mario Fratti

DIRECTED BY: Rob Marshall

Rated: PG - 13
Genre: Musical / Drama
Release Date: 25 December 2009

If Nine wasn't one of the ten best films of 2009, it sure was close. I'm not a big fan of musicals in general, but if a film is good, then it's good. Rob Marshal, the Academy Award nominated director of Chicago, has created another unique and glorious musical with a banging soundtrack.

Daniel Day-Lewis stars as Guido Contini. He's a guy who isn't very optimistic despite having Marion Cotillard for a wife and Penelope Cruz for a mistress. He is a successful filmmaker and is having trouble producing the material for his latest film. But due to his accredited past, he is able to have an entire production put into motion without even so much as a rough copy of a screenplay.

The film opens with a huge musical number that was not the least bit cheap. We meet all the leading ladies, and Guido. These leading ladies consist of Marion Cotillard, Kate Hudson, Judie Dench, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Sophia Loren and Stacy Ferguson (aka `Fergie' for you MTV folks).

They are all leading ladies in Hollywood and the characters they portray are leading ladies in the mind and or life of Guido. Sophia Loren is his mother, Judi Dench is his costume designer, Nicole Kidman is his friend as well as a famous actress, and Stacy Ferguson plays a seductive woman of his past that he found attractive at a very young age.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Marcos E. Milla on March 22, 2010
Format: DVD
I kinda knew that someone made at some point a musical about Fellini's 8&1/2, but by the time I went to the theater to see 9, I totally forgot about it. It took me one minute to realize what this movie was about, as the Maestro was given access into one of the sets of Cinecittá and the lights and the voices and the muses started to light-up the place. From there on, it was total bliss: this was all about 8&1/2.

Rob Marshall has done a truly outstanding job at capturing the essence of Federico Fellini's 8 & 1/2 conflicts and dreamy visions. He has made a movie that has always been hard to follow accessible, yet at the same time, the his approach to the musical has given this classic a fresh, interesting and highly engaging approach. The camera work is beautiful; for instance, the grainy black and white treatment given to the "Cinema Italiano" piece is quite simply a delight to watch, truly reminiscent of the Italian movies from the Fifties, their unquestionable Golden Age. The acting is truly amazing, especially Marion Cotillard (hard to understand why she was not considered for an Oscar).

I am in total disbelief at the cold reception by critics, and deeply annoyed by all the snobs' comments about how this movie does not stack up to 8 & 1/2; c'mon, give me a break! How many of those pseudo-connoiseurs stayed awake through 8 & 1/2? Don't get me wrong: 8 & 1/2 is in my opinion one of the top 5 movies of all time, certainly the crown jewel of Italian cinema and Fellini's unquestionable masterpiece, the movie every director has lifted from, and tried to imitate unsuccessfully, ever since. And yet, it takes a lot of pedaling to absorb it, to make sense of it, and yes, to enjoy it.
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