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The Ninth Gate (2000)

Johnny Depp , Frank Langella , Roman Polanski  |  R |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (815 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Johnny Depp, Frank Langella, Lena Olin, Emmanuelle Seigner, Barbara Jefford
  • Directors: Roman Polanski
  • Writers: Roman Polanski, Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Enrique Urbizu, John Brownjohn
  • Producers: Adam Kempton, Alain Vannier, Antonio Cardenal
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: July 18, 2000
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (815 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305897786
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,033 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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158 of 176 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Prince of Darkness comes into his own July 20, 2000
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Empty your mind of all preconceived ideas about this film before viewing, and it will be a very worthwhile experience. It is not a horror film. It is definitely an occult film that takes a fresh look at the old theme of His Unholiness making an appearance on earth. The Ninth Gate has a superior cast who perform their parts well under the direction of a director with a worldwide reputation for genius, especially when it comes to depicting the darker matters of the mind. The film is what you would expect from such a combination of human talent. The strictly human characters display themselves in such a way that it becomes possible to read their minds and feel their motives. In so doing, the necessity of the one supernatural character becomes abundantly clear.
Johnny Depp plays Curso, a dealer in and locator of rare books who, as Balkan (Langella's character) points out, is worthy of trust because his loyalty can be bought. Balkan pays the right price to have Depp travel from New York to Lisbon and Paris in search of the two other copies of a rare book Balkan has recently acquired--one that was supposedly co-authored by the Devil and one of his most loyal disciples, the latter of whom was burned at the stake in the 1600's for his own loyalty. Balkan insists that he thinks only one copy of the book is genuine, and he wants to make sure his copy is the one.
It is obvious that Depp has no idea what he is getting himself into, but for all his cynical disregard of humanity, he becomes the "innocent" in this story, because he is the one person who becomes aware and admits early on that he has no idea what he has gotten into. Balkan says he obtained his copy of the book in a true sale from the owner just before the owner committed suicide.
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64 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Film - Highly Underrated! July 31, 2003
The Ninth Gate is a great film and one of Roman Polanski's most underrated films. Twenty years from now people will give this film the respect it deserves and hail it to be the great film that it is.
Fist of all The Ninth Gate is not an action film. It's a slow-paced psychological thriller very similar in tone and style to Polanski's earlier films Chinatown and Frantic. Johnny Depp and Frank Langella both give great performances. Darius Khondji's photography is amazing and it has an even more amazing score by Kilar. The majority of the film was shot on location and is like a guided tour through Europe.
Ignore the negative reviews and comments from people who've been brainwashed and blinded by the current Hollywood fast-food style of film making with the intention of only appealing to the lowest common denominator. A review doesn't make a good film better or a bad film worse. A superb film. Rating 10 out of 10.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One big adventure for Depp into the unknown November 5, 2003
I watched this not knowing what was in store for me, and at the end of the movie, I was completely in awe of this powerful story. Johnny Depp's acting is good, but his somewhat scrawny body and his aged looks just weren't the reason why this movie kept me in my seat throughout. No doubt the story isn't very realistic - its basically about the forces - mainly the evil forces - in life - greed, lust, power... and Johnny Depp plays an underhanded book dealer who is employed by Balkan (Langella) to go on a trip to Europe to research an ancient Satanic book's authenticity. This entire movie is about Johnny Depp taking one long and life-threatening adventure tackling issues beyond what he normally avoids in real life.
Emmanuelle Seigner (and this is just some gossip for you - she's Polanski's wife in real-life!) plays the mysterious woman who appears to help Depp everytime he's faced with a life-or-death situation, and this casts suspicion on her true identity - is she human or is she not? What is she? These are all the questions that Polanski poses to the viewer as you go through the film watching Depp go through his journey which seems to be like a cat-and-mouse chase between him and the greedy people who are after the book's secrets. Seigner is completely mesmerising in her own right. She is very interesting to watch and so charismatic - and rightly so because Polanski filmed her in such a way that drenched her in an even deeper aura of mystery. Olin is good too, she is very convincing in a somewhat shallow role as an out-and-out money-grubbing chic French tramp who bites (literally).
There are certainly loads of questions left unanswered in the movie, but I think this is the intention of the director who wants you the viewer to make out the story how you want to see it.
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An effective mystery; less so as demonic thriller October 8, 2006
I saw Roman Polanski's "The Ninth Gate" -- a horror film often poorly compared to his earlier "Rosemary's Baby" -- on a Saturday night when it began at 10 p.m. It is a good flick for late night on a Saturday -- it's about an unscrupulous rare book dealer (Johnny Depp in an effective role) that makes a deal with a similarly unscrupulous collector (Mr. Overactor Frank Langella) to visit Europe and determine if Langella's first edition book is authentic.

Only catch is it's a first edition of a book written in the 1500s that portends a visit by the devil from those who read it. Depp takes the case (and a big check with a promise of more to come) and goes on a European travelall to check out the other two books in existence.

Strange things begin to happen, weird people start showing up (including a protective angel) and mayhem begins to break out. Depp's investigation leads to death, fire and some interesting discoveries about the books. Langella shows up for a final scene of devil worship where his overacting takes on a new dimension.

This is an interesting and fun movie, for the most part. The mystery story is very involving and the European travelogue, through Spain and France, is very interesting. The film has many suspenseful moments and Depp is unusually good in his role.

This is a poor man's "Rosemary's Baby", however, and it lacks both the fit and finish of Polanski's other venture into devil worship. Still, it is a pretty good late night horror effort, one you can return to a few times to figure out whether that protective angel is actually a member of the devil's brigade or not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
When I first watched The Ninth Gate, I didn't like it. Then I saw it on TV and decided to give it a second chance...still didn't like it. Read more
Published 5 hours ago by Edward
1.0 out of 5 stars I can't believe I wasted my time watching such a slow
I can't believe I wasted my time watching such a slow, boring, stupid movie! The ending was such a let down. I kept waiting for it to get interesting but it never happened! Read more
Published 10 hours ago by Cindi Gregory
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Theme
Interesting theme of the LCF (Lucifer) story. The search for the clues to join with the devil is not drawn out. The addition of the beauty in the story is a nice touch. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Robert Thomson
5.0 out of 5 stars Depp and Polanski combine for one of the best from each.
Great supernatural thriller that skips the over the top FX and keeps thing focused on the character development. Highly recommend to any mystery film buff.
Published 1 day ago by Barbara Sabiston
3.0 out of 5 stars Obsession
Roman Polanski's obsession with the devil (Lucifer) makes his movies fragmented on the edges breaking the logical connection throughout. Read more
Published 2 days ago by S. Jamali
4.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Depp was excellent
A excellent movie! I kept you on the edge of your! The locations were perfect and customs were also perfect
Published 4 days ago by Lawrence
3.0 out of 5 stars So-so
Some nice location shots but over all a sort of low budget film. Not something I would watch again .
Published 8 days ago by Norman G.
3.0 out of 5 stars Well acted but missing something.
This movie can still hold it's own when it comes to the story and to maintaining the suspense and sense of danger. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Book-bound
3.0 out of 5 stars A little bit slow
For a Johnny Depp movie, I was a little disappointed, This movie dragged on for a long time. Little plot, but I wouldn't fault Depp's acting. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Nev. 4 The Less
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
I was shocked at the bad acting and plot. Usually I can count on Johnny Depp to be in a grey movie - as well as some of the other actors. Seriously disappointing.
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Hi, I bought this DVD a few weeks ago, and it doesn't have Spanish subtitles. It's only close-captioned in English.
Also, the only audio language is English (and NOT English, Spanish, Portuguese,..., as is -incorrectly- stated in the product description).
Apr 19, 2009 by Alvaro Sanz |  See all 2 posts
93 minutes
This is a in-joke for followers of a certain man from London.Look up 93 and crowley to get it.f you are familar with O.T.O. ,Kenneth Grant and Hermeticism you will so get this movie p.s. the girl in the movie is not an angel but" The Whore of Babylon" your find more answers here than... Read more
Feb 27, 2010 by Patrick Von Hyberborea |  See all 8 posts
Ninth gate would load
I have the Samsung 3600 and the Ninth Gate will not play beyond the menu screen for me, either. I have updated firmware, but am not given any options on the menu screen such as play movie, scene selections, or language options. Since we are both experiencing the same problem, I'm thinking it's... Read more
Sep 22, 2009 by Robert P. |  See all 2 posts
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I think it is meant to be ambiguous. It is interesting that Corso (Depp) appears after Balkan's séance to invoke the Devil. But the Devil may be the unnamed woman (Seigner). According to legend, the Devil was an angel, and we are led to believe the unnamed woman is Corso's guardian angel. She... Read more
Jan 16, 2009 by John C |  See all 3 posts
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