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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Johnny Depp
Frank Langella
Lena Olin
Emmanuelle Seigner
Barbara Jefford
Directors
Roman Polanski
Screenwriters
John Brownjohn
Roman Polanski
Enrique Urbizu
Running Time
133 minutes

The Ninth Gate
Polanski's gothic thriller about a demonic book is rarely dull but occasionally predictable


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Plot
Dean Corso, a shady New York book dealer, is hired by smooth millionaire Boris Balkan to authenticate a volume allegedly written in collaboration with the Devil. While tracking copies of the book in Portugal, Spain and France, Corso comes across a succession of eccentric and/or sinister types.


Verdict
A strong first act, stunning cinematography and an appealing performance from Johnny Depp lull you into a false sense of security, before Polanskiís sense of the extremely ridiculous takes over, and, unfortunately, the whole thing rapidly descends into sub-End Of Days nonsense


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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