The Ninth Gate


A ''resourceful'' book expert is hired by a rich man to verify which of three copies of a black magic book is the genuine article. His investigations take him to Europe, where his life is frequently in danger. He meets up with a mysterious woman who helps him out, as he slowly uncovers the powerful and deadly secret behind the three books...


133 minutes.
No persons under 16 .
Drama, Thriller
C
C'mon, Lucifer, that's not fair...!

Credits

Cast
Johnny Depp, Frank Langella, Lena Olin, Emmanuelle Seigner, Barbara Jefford
Director
Roman Polanski
ScreenplayJohn Brownjohn, Enrique Urbizu, Roman Polanski, from the novel by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
MusicWojciech Kilar
CinematographyDarius Khondji
Sound formatsDolby Digital
SoundtrackAvailable
Made in1999
Produced byAraba Films, Bac Films, Kino Vision, Le Studio Canal+, Live Entertainment, Origen Productions Cinematograficas, Orly Films, R.P. Productions, TF1 Films Productions, Via Digital

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Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Movies for Africa
Ian Douglas
8
Cape Argus
Nazma Dreyer
5
The Cape Times
Christopher Rodriguez
15
The Star
Peter Feldman
8
Die Burger
Francois Smith
15
Sunday Times
Barry Ronge
1
TV3 Screenplay
Barry Ronge
6
eye Weekly
Gemma Files
5
Box Office
Tim Cogshell
10
Rough Cut
Don Kaye
14
Total Film
Dan Jolin
5
Film Review
James Mottram
10

What the People say

Internet
2285 Netizens
13

Average .. 44%

9

Visitor Ratings

Scale (Max)20
Adrey Botha 10
Andre Swanepoel 14

Average .. 60%

12

Visitor Comments

Ian Douglas: Since I have some knowledge of the occult, I found the subject matter interesting, at least initially. As a thriller, it works okay, while leaving far too many loose ends and ''strange behaviour'' unexplained. The film continues too long, way past it's natural ending, with the required-by-Hollywood ''summon the devil while the hero watches helplessly'' scene, leading to an inconclusive ending. We left wondering, ''so what happened next?''

Andre Swanepoel: Good movie but the ending was really pathetic - as if they ran out of money and had to quickly put something together.






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