The Ninth Gate

Visible crew/equipment: Near the end of the film after Depp leaves the castle after shooting Balkin and gets into his car you can see a crew member in the side view mirror as Depp opens and closes the driver side door.

Audio problem: After the part where Johnny Depp finds his bookstore friend dead, he gets back in the cab. After driving for a while, he tells the cab driver to pull over to the phone booth. The cab driver says "No problem, sir" but you can see the cab driver's lips in the rear view mirror, and they never move.

Visible crew/equipment: In the scene where the man in the suit and the woman wearing all black are fighting, if you look closely you can see the string used to pull the podium holding the book.

Joe Campbell

Continuity mistake: As Corso leaves Quinta Fargas, he barely dodges a speeding car aiming to ram him. Clasping his canvas bag tightly, never dropping it, he presses his back against a large tree. As the camera cuts to a close-up, the bag is suddenly a yard away from him, on the ground.

Other mistake: Toward the end of the movie, as Johnny Depp and his leading lady are being led down into the dungeon, you can actually see the camera bouncing and shaking and hear it hitting the stairs as it moves down the stairs.

Continuity mistake: At the very end of the movie when Depp is fighting his employer, Depp falls through the floor with his glasses falling to the tip of his his nose. But in the next shot when his employer looks at him, his glasses are all the way up by his eyes. His arms are tied by the floor meaning he couldn't have done it himself.

Audio problem: While Depp is at 'P y P Ceniza Restauracion De Libros', one of the bookstore owners (man on right side of frame wearing blue apron) says, "I would never have believed she'd parted with it, never." He obviously did not say this. He actually appears to either ask his brother a question or make an entirely different statement. (00:38:30)

Factual error: In Sintra, when Depp and the girl go to Fargas' house in the morning, they ride the motorbike and turn left. However, from Hotel Central to this house you must turn right, it's the road that climbs to the manors, the other way you'll get to Central Village.

Factual error: Depp descends from the long-journey train (you can see it's the same train) from Toledo in Sintra. However, no long-journey trains stop in this station, just suburban trains: a direct travel Toledo-Sintra is impossible.

Continuity mistake: There are four versions of the ninth engraving. Three are intentional, and one is a goof. In the three intentional versions, the female figure resembles the Girl, and is shown with her hand raised, in front of the castle from the film. The unintentional version (the original illustration from the novel, before Polanski decided to make the figures resemble the actors) shows an anonymous female figure with her hand down, touching the beast, in front of an unfamiliar castle which is on fire. The three intentional versions are as follows: 1) The "correct" LCF version found at the end of the movie, showing with the woman with upraised hand, castle matching the one the characters visit, well shaded, and a star/sunburst coming over the wall in the middle. 2) The "forged" LCF version, showing the woman with hand raised and the castle on fire. 3) The AT version, showing the woman's hand up and the correct castle unmarked, with neither flames nor starburst. The goof is visible in the library scene, when Corso compares the Ninth Gate with the reference book. In one shot the ninth engraving is visible in both books and it is the unintentional Version 1: the woman with her hand lowered, and a different style of building in the background. However, in the zoomed shot ~8 seconds later, the castle has changed to the one later seen in the film and on the genuine engraving, and the woman's hand is raised again. In most of the scenes where the ninth engraving is visible, it is the wrong castle/lowered hand version.

Continuity mistake: When Johnny Depp is being shown into Baroness Kessler's room he pulls the strap of his book bag over his head to the other shoulder. Then when he is seen next, it is no longer over his head.

Other mistake: When Corso returns to Baroness Kessler's office he places his photocopy of the first engraving next to her book and you can see that the captions are not the same, yet neither of them notices. (01:24:15)


Audio problem: In the very first scene where we see Corso, in the high class apartment, giving his false estimate to the yuppies. He walks over to the disabled man in the wheelchair, and as he turns from the window he says "I understand." But upon closer inspection, his lips never move.

Visible crew/equipment: When Corso discovers his employer's copy of the book has been stolen from behind the minibar he heads outside to catch a taxi. When he steps into the middle of the road it's obviously not Johnny Depp as the hair is thicker and skin tone is darker.


Continuity mistake: Corso has reached Paris, checked into the hotel, and is sitting by a desk in his room to examine the charred remains of the Fargas copy. Look at the tumbler of scotch in this shot. It contains almost an inch of whisky, with ice cubes, and it's standing directly on the wooden desk. Now, as the angle changes and we see Corso from behind, the glass contains very little whisky, no ice cubes, and is standing on a white napkin. It's also more to the right of the book than it was. We can also see several scraps of paper, and what looks to be crumpled tissue, that wasn't there in the previous shot. (01:02:05)

Continuity mistake: Near the end, when Frank Langella performs the (flawed) satanic ritual, he pours a ring of gasoline and ignites it, then kneels down to pass his hands through the fire. They digitally inserted the reflection of the fire ring in his eyeglasses for about 10 seconds. Thereafter, his glasses do not reflect the flames, even after he douses himself with gasoline and self-immolates.

Charles Austin Miller

Continuity mistake: While comparing the Kessler copy with the Balkan copy, the engraving with the chess board signed with LCF is white. In order to have the devil appear in the castle, Balkan needs all 9 LCF signed engravings. When Corso appears in the tower, the engravings laid down on the table contain a black chess board. It's the one the middle, and quite distinctive. (01:23:00 - 01:53:44)

Revealing mistake: When Corso is being pushed through the floorboards (into his proper niche) we can see for a good second or two that it is certainly not Johnny Depp. (The stunt-double is Dominique Fouassier). (01:59:25)

Boris Balkan: Look around you, all of you, what do you see? A bunch of buffoons, in fancy dress. You think the prince of Darkness would actually deign to manifest himself before the likes of you? He never has and he never will. Never.

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Trivia: Probably the most impressive visual effect in this film is when Corso consults the twin brothers Pablo and Pedro Ceniza (rare book experts). Both Ceniza twins were played by actor José López Rodero in the subtle and entirely convincing digital effect sequence. The only flaw was that the elderly twins had identical facial wrinkles, which never happens with real-life twins. Beyond that, José López Rodero additionally played the two nameless workmen that Corso encounters at the end of the film, meaning that Rodero played four digital-effect roles in this movie.

Charles Austin Miller

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Question: Does "the girl" - as she's been called - have a name? And is she a (or the) devil?

Answer: She was not given a name, neither in the film nor credits. She is simply known as "The Girl". As to precisely who she is, it is deliberately left ambiguous. But the last engraving found by Corso does seem to indicate that she is the Whore of Babylon mentioned in the Book of Revelation.


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