The Ninth Gate

Dean Corso (Johnny Depp) with the aid of 'green eyes' tracks down Lana Telfer in her mansion still clutching the book, her blonde black assassin shows up and in the ensuring scuffle Lana whips out a concealed gun from her dressing drawer. Blondie takes over and leads them down sone stone stairs whereupon Dean flings him down the steps and batters him to death with a shoe before pocketing his gun. As Dean slips into the group Boris Balkan (Frank Langella) then burts into the room interrupts this weird ritual thing mocking them over their secret mass; she dies during a struggle over the book whereupon he impales her necklace into her throat as Dean is forced to look on in shock. Balkan steals her Book of Nine Gates. Dean follows Balkan by car until he breaks down into a river, despite this he picks up Balkan's trail back to an ancient castle where Balkan attempts to gain power with the nine pages. Dean pulls his gun and both sruggle over the gun for the pages...until Dean partially falls through a wooden floor Balkan proceeding to push him down through the floor with his foot until Dean is stuck there. Having mocked Dean and stuck a gun in his face, he performs a cerimony believing he has done the ritual correctly he torches himself (believing that he now himune to the flames). He fails since one of the pages is fake. Corso observes him barbecuing for a few moments before taking pity on Boris and putting a bullet into his head as he leaves the castle seeing the turets ablaze and makes love with the mysterious lady (an agent of hell, perhaps?) as the castle continues to burn down. The authentic ninth page was in the twin brothers' bookstore, on top of an old shelf. Corso returns to the castle and the scene of Boris' demise and passes through the doors...entering the gates of Hell...


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.

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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: 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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