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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evil man | plan | forger | mimic | moocher | See All (75) »


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:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Finnish censorship visa # 64713 delivered on 7-3-1963. See more »


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


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The Riveting Mr. Ripley
6 March 2007 | by (Paris, France) – See all my reviews

I saw Minghella's "The Talented Mr. Ripley" and Clement's "Purple Noon" back to back. Two entirely different movies based on exactly the same book. The differences are personal of course. Minghella has a moralistic view of his characters and their darkness must be, somehow, explained if not justified. Clement's allows the amorality of his characters to run loose. Minghella casts Matt Damon as Tom Ripley, a rather invisible actor in every way and although he's pretty good here, he's not good enough to overshadow his rival: Jude Law. Clement casts Alain Delon as Ripley and you will be with him all the way, you'll go where he goes you will turn out to be as amoral as he is - at least I did, I just wanted him to get away with it and why? Because he was Alain Delon, the Tom Ripley that, clearly, Patricia Highsmith intended. His rival is Maurice Ronet, good as he is, I didn't miss him when he left. You know why? Because I was left with the dangerous, magnetic, amoral, riveting Alain Delon. Clement allows us to see the difficulty and danger of the murders, we see them, we are there. Minghella plays it rather hurriedly. There is no real tension or horror. The most suspenseful moment is at an Opera house. The pluses on "The Talented Mr Ripley" - besides the aforementioned Jude Law - are Gwyneth Paltrow and Cate Blanchett in two beautifully written and performed parts. In "Purple Noon" Marie Laforet is left rather to her own devices. Once all said and done you can watch both films as if they weren't even related. I prefer "Purple Noon" but that's just me.

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