Purple Noon (1960)
"Plein soleil" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Crime, Thriller  |  10 March 1960 (France)
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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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Complete credited cast:
Marie Laforêt ...
Erno Crisa ...
Frank Latimore ...
Billy Kearns ...
Freddy Miles (as Bill Kearns)
Ave Ninchi ...
Signora Gianna
Viviane Chantel ...
The Belgian lady
Nerio Bernardi ...
Agency Director
Barbel Fanger
Lily Romanelli ...
Nicolas Petrov ...
Elvire Popesco ...
Mrs. Popova


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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Passion at ten. Envy at eleven. Murder at noon.


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

10 March 1960 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Lust for Evil  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


John Malkovich remarked in an interview with the BBC that he came close to directing The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) and that he was in negotiations to obtain the rights to direct a remake of the first "Talented Mr Ripley" adaptation, "Plein Soleil." Malkovich later played Tom Ripley in Ripley's Game (2002). See more »


The position of the boom on the sailboat. See more »


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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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