The Ninth Gate script
Synopsis: Dean Corso (Johnny Depp) specializes in tracking down rare and exotic volumes for collectors. Boris Balkan (Frank Langella) has recently acquired a seventeenth-century satanic text called The Nine Gates- a legendary book written by Satan himself. With The Nine Gates in his possession, Corso soon finds himself at the center of strange and violent goings-on. Not only is his apartment ransacked, it appears that he is being shadowed ferociously by others determined to regain the book.

CORSO:
Hmm... I couldn't go higher than four grand -- four-and-a-

half tops. (takes an envelope from his shoulder bag and starts

peeling off some bills)

4. MANHATTAN APARTMENT HOUSE CORRIDOR INT/DAY

CORSO strides briskly along the corridor toward the elevator with

the canvas bag slung from his shoulder. He's grinning to himself.

The bag is obviously heavier than it was.

The elevator doors open just as he's about to press the button.

He almost collides with a bespectacled, briefcase-carrying man in

a three-piece suit and bow tie (WITKIN) -- a cross between an

intellectual and a business executive.

WITKIN (caustically): You here? You didn't waste much time.

CORSO:
Hello, Witkin. There's a small fortune in there. (smiles

sardonically) Help yourself.

WITKIN (eyes CORSO's beg suspiciously): You're a vulture, Corso.

CORSO:
Who isn't in our business?

WITKIN:
You'd stoop to anything.

CORSO brushes past him into the elevator, turns and pats his

shoulder bag.

CORSO:
For a 'Quixote' by Ybarra? You bet I would.

WITKIN (indignantly): Unscrupulous, thoroughly unscrupulous!

CORSO (thumbs the elevator button): Good hunting!

The doors close on WITKIN's indignant face.

5. BERNIE'S BOOKSTORE EXT/INT/DAY

A sign says "CLOSED." CORSO pushes open the door of an old

fashioned semibasement bookstore -- 'BERNIE'S RARE BOOKS' -- and

enters. He walks up to the counter and deposits his bag on it.

BERNIE (O.S.):
Witkin just called me. He's spitting blood.

CORSO looks around. The voice came from ten feet up and three

bookcases along. BERNIE FELDMAN, a man around CORSO's age with

dark, curly hair receding at the temples, is perched at the top

of a spiral staircase.

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John Brownjohn

Rajmund Roman Thierry Polański (born 18 August 1933), known professionally as Roman Polanski, is a French-Polish film director, producer, writer, and actor. Having made films in Poland, the United Kingdom, France, and the United States, he is considered one of the few "truly international filmmakers". Born in Paris to Polish parents, he moved with his family back to Poland (Second Polish Republic) in 1937, shortly before the outbreak of World War II.He survived the Holocaust, was educated in Poland (People's Republic of Poland), and became a director of both art house and commercial films. more…

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