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Purple Noon (1960)

Plein soleil (original title)
Tom Ripley is a talented mimic, moocher, forger and all-around criminal improviser; but there's more to Tom Ripley than even he can guess.

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Tom Ripley is sent to Europe by Mr. Greenleaf to fetch his spoiled, playboy son, Philippe, and bring him back home to the States. In return, Tom will receive $5,000. Philippe toys with Tom, pretending he will go back home, but has no intentions of leaving his bride to be, Marge, and honoring his father's wishes. After some time passes, Mr. Greenleaf considers the mission a failure and cuts Tom off. Tom, in desperation, kills Philippe, assumes his identity, and lives the life of a rich playboy. However, he will need all his conman abilities to keep Philippe's friends and the police off the trail. Written by Humberto Amador/Peter Brandt Nielsen

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated PG-13 for momentary violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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10 March 1960 (France)  »

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Lust for Evil  »

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1.66 : 1
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Author Patricia Highsmith, on whose novel "Plein soleil" was based, expressed satisfaction with the film, which she called "very beautiful to the eye and interesting for the intellect," and with Alain Delon's performance as Tom Ripley. She was, however, disappointed with the film's ending, calling it "a terrible concession to so-called public morality." See more »

Goofs

While sitting in a hotel room, Tom takes an envelope and licks it before putting it in his coat pocket. However, he never sealed the envelope and left the flap open. See more »

Quotes

Philippe Greenleaf: Rome isn't much fun when you don't know anybody.
Freddy Miles: Didn't you bring Marge?
Philippe Greenleaf: Don't even start! It was Tom's idea.
Freddy Miles: Tom. Tom. You're like a broken record!
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Hickcock in Italy with a French accent
7 December 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The fact that "Purple Moon" plays well after almost thirty years is a testament to French director Rene Clement's clean, objective direction and his faithful adherence to the Hitchcock formula. Pretty poor boy goes after everything pretty rich boy has, including his yacht and his girl friend in this tightly focused semi-thriller. We see once again (cf., Polanski's "Knife in the Water" (1962) and the early Nicole Kidman vehicle "Dead Calm" (1989)) that some very bad things that can happen when you get two men and one woman on a yacht in the middle of nowhere.

Charming locales and a clever ending make this a treat to watch.

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