- Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Penélope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, Nicole Kidman, Ricky Tognazzi, Judi Dench, Sophia Loren, Giuseppe Cederna, Giuseppe Spitaleri, Kate Hudson, Elio Germano, Roberto Nobile, Stacy Ferguson, Andrea Di Stefano, Remo Remotti, Valerio Mastandrea, Vincent Riotta, Martina Stella, Sandro Dori, Nico Toffoli
- Director: Rob Marshall
- Writers: Michael Tolkin, Anthony Minghella
- Producers: John DeLuca, Rob Marshall, Marc Platt, Harvey Weinstein
- Associate Producers: Michael Zimmer, Jodi Hurwitz
- Executive Producers: Kelly Carmichael, Michael Dreyer, Gina Gardini, Ryan Kavanaugh, Arthur Kopit, Tucker Tooley, Bob Weinstein, Maury Yeston
- Art Direction: Simon Lamont
- Castings: Kate Dowd, Francine Maisler, Razzauti Teresa
- Costume Design: Colleen Atwood
- D.O.P.: Dion Beebe
- Editors: Claire Simpson, Wyatt Smith
- Makeup: Peter King
- Music: Maury Yeston
- Production Design: John Myhre
- Set Decoration: Gordon Sim
"Nine" is a vibrant and provocative musical that follows the life of world famous film director Guido Contini (Daniel Day-Lewis) as he reaches a creative and personal crisis of epic proportion, while balancing the numerous women in his life including his wife (Marion Cotillard), his mistress (Penelope Cruz), his film star muse (Nicole Kidman), his confidant and costume designer (Judi Dench), a young American fashion journalist (Kate Hudson), the whore from his youth (Stacy "Fergie" Ferguson) and his mother (Sophia Loren).
The original 1982 Broadway production of "Nine," nominated for twelve Tony Awards and winning five, including Best Musical, was directed by Tommy Tune, choreographed by Thommie Walsh, starred Raúl Juliá with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston and book by Arthur Kopit. The 2003 Broadway revival of "Nine" received eight Tony Award nominations and won two, including Best Revival of a Musical.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: London, UK; Milan, Italy; Rome, Italy
- MPAA Warning: Sexual content and smoking
- Production Companies: The Weinstein Company, Relativity Media, Marc Platt Productions, Lucamar Productions
- Production Schedule: 10 October 2008 - 30 January 2009
Pre-production had to be delayed due to the writer's strike in 2007/08.
Actor Javier Bardem was set to star as Guido Contini but dropped out due to exhaustion. He decided to take a full year off to recuperate.
After Catherine Zeta-Jones left the project, actresses Amy Adams, Gwyneth Paltrow and Anne Hathaway were considered for the part of Claudia.
The original Broadway musical opened May 9, 1982 at the 46th Street Theater and ran for 729 performances with Raul Julia as Guido. It won five Tony awards, including Best Musical and Best Featured Actress. The latest Broadway production, starring Antonio Banderas as Guido, opened on Apr 10, 2003 at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre and ran for 283 performances. It won two Tonys: Best Revival of a Musical and Best Featured Actress. Banderas turned down the chance to reprise his role as Guido in the film version.
Catherine Zeta-Jones was set to play Claudia but dropped out during negotiations. Jones wanted the role of Claudia enlarged. When Marshall refused, Jones left the project.
Anne Hathaway and Sienna Miller both auditioned for the role of Stephanie Necrophuros, a part which eventually went to Kate Hudson.
Katie Holmes was keen on Luisa's part. She auditioned, but Rob Marshall felt she was not the better choice, choosing Marion Cotillard instead.
Renée Zellweger was the first choice for Carla. After several auditions, Penélope Cruz took the role.
Before Nicole Kidman was cast as Claudia, immediately after Catherine Zeta-Jones turned down the part, both Demi Moore and Juliette Binoche were auditioned for that role.
George Clooney, Johnny Depp and Antonio Banderas (who took Guido's role in 2003 Broadway revival, and was nominated for a 'Tony Award') were considered as possible Guido.
Javier Bardem turned down the role of Guido, being replaced by Daniel Day-Lewis. Both won acting Oscars the same night: Bardem in the supporting category for No Country for Old Men (2007) and Day-Lewis in the leading one for There Will Be Blood (2007), as did Day-Lewis's costar, Marion Cotillard (Actress in a Leading Role for La Vie en Rose (2007). Catherine Zeta-Jones turned down the role of Claudia, being replaced by Nicole Kidman. Both also won acting Oscars the same night: Zeta-Jones in the supporting category for Chicago (2002) and Kidman in the leading one for The Hours (2002).
Only the second movie musical for Sophia Loren, the first being Man of La Mancha (1972), even though she is a capable singer, as can be heard on many novelty and soundtrack recordings.
Daniel Day-Lewis learned how to speak Italian for his role.
Nicole Kidman began rehearsals just four weeks after giving birth to her daughter.
The title song "Nine" was cut from the movie.
Original release date of the movie was November 2nd, 2009. The Weinstein Company moved it to December 18th, 2009.