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The Ninth Gate Details


An authority on rare books is drawn into a confrontation with the forces of darkness in this thriller directed by Roman Polanski. Dean Corso (Johnny Depp) is a rare book broker who makes his living tracking down valuable items for rich bibliophiles. Corso is hired by Boris Balkan (Frank Langella), a millionaire New Yorker with a vast collection of occult literature and a keen interest in "The Nine Gates to the Kingdom of Shadows." Legend has it that the book was co-written by Satan in the 17th century, and only three copies are known to exist; the owner of one recently sold the book to Balkan a few days before killing himself. Balkan wants Corso to find the other two copies (one owned by a Mr. Fargas in Portugal and the other by a French collector named Kessler) and examine them to determine if they are forgeries. Corso is told to be thorough and spare no expense. He begins by visiting Liana Telfer (Lena Olin), the widow of the man who once owned Balkan's copy of the book, who has an unusually strong desire to get the book back, and confers with his friend Bernie (James Russo), who soon turns up dead, in a manner much like an illustration from the book. Corso learns that the book contains clues to a puzzle that will allow people to call up the devil, and certain people will stop at nothing to find the missing parts of the formula. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:December 24, 1999


Johnny Depp
as Dean Corso
Frank Langella
as Boris Balkan
Lena Olin
as Liana Telfer
Emmanuelle Seigner
as The Girl
Barbara Jefford
as Baroness Kessler
Jack Taylor
as Victor Fargas
Tony Amoni
as Liana's Bodyguard
James Russo
as Rodero Bernie
Jose Lopez
as Pablo and Pedro Ceniza
Willy Holt


Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski
Enrique Urbizu
John Brownjohn
Darius Khondji
Wojciech Kilar
Composer (Music Score)
Hervé de Luze
Dean Tavoularis
Production Designer
Gerard Viard
Art Director
Mark Allan
Antonio Cardenal
Inaki Nunez
Alain Vannier
Adam Kempton
Associate Producer
Wolfgang Glattes
Executive Producer
Michel Cheyko
Executive Producer
Philippe Turlure
Set Designer
Anthony Powell
Costume Designer
Jean-Marie Blondel
Sound/Sound Designer
Michel Cheyko
First Assistant Director
Howard Feuer
Suzanne Wiesenfeld
Line Producer