The Ninth Gate

The Ninth Gate (1999)

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Corrected entry: Throughout the film, the supposed rare book experts smoke over and around the books and always handle the books with their bare hands, instead of cotton gloves. Either one of these could destroy the extemely rare books.

Correction: This isn't a factual error, it's a constant and deliberate running joke throughout the film that the characters have such disrespect for the books.

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Corrected entry: At the end of the movie, the authentic page falls from atop the bookcase. This page appears to be a doubled sized, stapled page - not possible when it was created.

Correction: No staples are seen in the "double-sized" page, a type of page that actually DID exist when the book was created. Instead of being held with staples, the pages were sewn in. Multiple pages sewn together are called "signatures."

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Corrected entry: Towards the beginning of the film when Dean Corso first goes to meet Boris Balkan he walks through a set of doors where Balkan is giving a speech. Corso passes a sign to his left as he opens the door. The sign mistakenly spells 'Literature' as 'Litterature'.

Correction: That is not a complete error. 'Litterature' is Literature in French. The class overseas in Europe.

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Corrected entry: Throughout the movie they show Johnny Depp with non filter Lucky Strike cigarette packages. Throughout the film you can see clearly that he is smoking cigarettes with white filters then sometimes with brown filters and again sometimes without filters.

Correction: He could be using different cigarettes throughout the film, or even put different ones in the same box. I do that, put lots of different brands in one box. One is not restricted to smoke just one brand of cigarettes their entire life.

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Corrected entry: In the scene where Corso and The Girl are in a stolen sports car following Liana Telfour to her country estate, there is a 'stop' sign visible on the driver's side (just after they exit off the highway) but they're in France, so shouldn't the sign say 'arret' instead?

Correction: No, French stop signs use the English word "Stop". This is because of a standardization of stop signs in the European Union. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stop_sign.

Andreas[DK]
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Corrected entry: At the end of the film, when Depp returns to the Cenzia Brother's shop, the last engraving that slides off the top of the bookcase is at first not visible because it is coated in gray dust. When Depp picks it up, however, it is spotless.

Correction: Untrue. When Depp picks it up he wipes his hand across it to remove the filth.

RLN
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Corrected entry: In the Sintra Hotel, after talking to Balkan on the phone, Corso again picks up the receiver and places it on the nightstand, the earpiece resting in the ashtray. This to ensure a peaceful night's sleep. The following morning, as Corso is awoken by knocks on the door, the receiver lies next to the ashtray, obviously relocated between shots.

Correction: There are also a glass and some bottles from the minibar on the nightstand when he wakes up. So he must have had a drink before going to sleep, and probably a smoke as well, which means he has taken the receiver out of the ashtray.

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Corrected entry: When Dean is packing to go on the journey his shirt is unbuttoned however when he lets Telford's wife in and they sit down his shirt is buttoned up despite never seeing him do it.

Correction: It is easy to see that he is buttoning his shirt as he walks away from the door.

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Corrected entry: Corso is sitting on his bed in the Sintra Hotel and he notices the cloth (which he had wrapped the book in before he hid it behind the mini-bar fridge) lying on the floor. It makes no sense that after pulling out the mini-bar fridge from the cupboard to find the book, the thief would have bothered to put the mini-bar fridge back and the tray of glasses etc. back on top, then close the door of the cupboard.

Correction: Character decision, not a movie mistake. The thief probably did not want Corso to realize the book was gone immediately, but forgot about the cloth.

wizard_of_gore Premium member

Corrected entry: Corso is sitting on his bed in the Sintra Hotel and he notices the cloth (which he had wrapped the book in before he hid it behind the mini-bar fridge) lying on the floor. It makes no sense that after pulling out the mini-bar fridge from the cupboard to find the book, the thief would have bothered to put the mini-bar fridge back and the tray of glasses etc. back on top, then close the door of the cupboard, especially as they discarded the cloth on the hotel room floor before they left the room.

Correction: It's likely they intended to keep the book wrapped up and it came off without them noticing.

shortdanzr Premium member

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.

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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: Would the gas station still be called Shell and not the French word? Also, do they drive on the same side of car and street in France?

Answer: Shell is a Dutch petroleum company that may be better known in Europe than in America - its logo is the same worldwide. French cars have the steering wheel on the left, and you drive on the right in France.

Sereenie
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