Ninth Gate

Theatrical Release: March 10, 2000
Ninth Gate


Dean Corso (Johnny Depp), a rare-book finder, is hired to locate the last two volumes of an ancient demonic text capable of summoning the devil. Both good and evil agents eager to use the book for their own devices track his search. Corso immerses himself in a labyrinth full of pitfalls and temptations, disturbing encounters, violence and mysterious deaths while attempting to ascertain the authenticity of the books.
Protected by an angelic creature (Emanuelle Seigner) and guided by a powerful force, Corso solves the mysteries of the dreaded book and discovers the real purpose of his mission.

Dove Review

What is the draw of this film? The “hero” is an unscrupulous, fornicating nonbeliever who drinks and smokes constantly. The film’s plotline centers on the world of demonology and devil worship. And the production is unevenly paced, lacking energy or an interesting performance by its star. You’ll get a far more accurate portrait of Satan from reading the Bible than viewing this hellish hodgepodge.

Content Description

Language: GD 1, Jesus 3, Christ 1, God Almighty 1, F-word 1, S-word 2, SOB 2, expletives 3, obscene gesture 1 – Sex: Partial female nudity 2, nude drawings of females, several sexual situations, including nudity, groping and a discussion of orgies – Alcohol: the lead smokes at least 10 times and drinks on several occasions, alcohol is predominated in the film – Violence: a gun is used to kill someone, a man is thrown down stairs, a fist fight bloodies a woman’s nose, a man is hit with a bottle, leaving him bloodied, a man sets himself on fire, a man hangs himself, several dead bodies, a man is brutally beaten – Occult practices, including devil worship.


Company: Artisan Entertainment
Writer: Roman Polanski, John Brownjohn and Enrique Urbizu.
Director: Roman Polanski
Producer: Mark Allan
Genre: Horror
Runtime: 133 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Phil Boatwright