Ninth Gate, The (1999): Polanski’s Mystery Thriller, Starring Johnny Depp

Roman Polanski directed, produced, and co-wrote The Ninth Gate, a middling mystery thriller, starring Johnny Depp.

The Ninth Gate
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Theatrical release poster

An international co-production between the U.S., Portugal, France, and Spain, the film is loosely based upon Arturo Pérez-Reverte’s 1993 novel The Club Dumas.

The plot centers on attempts to authenticate a rare ancient book, which contains a magical secret for summoning the Devil.

The movie was critically and commercially unsuccessful in North America, largely due to the mixed (and negative) response of critics, who compared it unfavorably with Polanski’s supernatural film Rosemary’s Baby (1968).

Even so, The Ninth Gate was a moderate success internationally, earning a worldwide gross of $58.4 million against a $38 million budget.


Directed by Roman Polanski
Produced by Roman Polanski
Screenplay by John Brownjohn, Roman Polanski, Enrique Urbizu

Based on The Club Dumas by Arturo Pérez-Reverte

Music by Wojciech Kilar
Cinematography Darius Khondji
Edited by Hervé de Luze

Production company: Canal+

Artisan Entertainment (US)

Release date: March 10, 2000 (US)

Running time: 133 minutes