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The Ninth Gate

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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

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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
South African Media
The MoviesiteIan Douglas8
Cape ArgusNazma Dreyer5
Cape TimesChristopher Rodriguez15
The StarPeter Feldman8
Die BurgerFrancois Smith15
Sunday TimesBarry Ronge1
TV3 ScreenplayBarry Ronge6
International Media
eye Weekly (Canada)Gemma Files5
Box Office (USA)Tim Cogshell10
Rough Cuth (USA)Don Kaye14
Total Film (UK)Dan Jolin5
Film Review (UK)James Mottram10
IMDB2285 Netizens13
Average .. 44%9
Visitor Ratings
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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