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.

What's his problem?

BERNIE (replacing some books): He says you're a double-dealing,

money grubbing bastard. He says he had that sale tied up, and now

you've queered his pitch.

CORSO (grins to himself): He should be quicker off the mark.

The spiral staircase judders as BERNIE starts to descend.

CORSO goes over to a wall cupboard and opens it. An assortment of

bottles and glasses come to light.

CORSO (cont.):
May I?

Your valuation was way over the odds it's brought those

people out In a rash. They're now asking twice what the books are


CORSO, still grinning, pours himself a slug of Scotch. BERNIE

reaches the ground.

BERNIE (cont.):
He's talking about suing you. Well, let's face

you screwed him. That's what it's called.

I know what it's called.

BERNIE comes up close.

He also says you snaffled the 'Don Qui ...

He breaks off as CORSO produces the four volumes of the

'Quixote', bends over to examine them, whistles appreciatively.

(cont.): The Ybarra 'Don Quixote', 1780, four volumes.

Fantastic! (opens one) Sonofabitch, you're the best in the

business. Definitely.

And the most expensive. (smiles slyly) That client of

yours, the Swiss, is he still interested in this edition?

BERNIE smiles back, then redirects his attention to the books.

Sure, but Witkin will blow a fuse. I told him I had

nothing to do with this operation.

CORSO knocks back his Scotch in one. Extracting a crumpled

cigarette from the pocket of his overcoat, he sticks it in his

mouth and lights it.

Nothing except your ten percent.

: Twenty. The Swiss is my client, remember.

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John Brownjohn

Rajmund Roman Thierry PolaƄski (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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