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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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Riccordi
Frank Latimore ...
O'Brien
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Freddy Miles (as Bill Kearns)
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Signora Gianna
Viviane Chantel ...
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Nerio Bernardi ...
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Barbel Fanger
Lily Romanelli ...
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Nicolas Petrov ...
Boris
Elvire Popesco ...
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Storyline

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) »

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Passion at ten. Envy at eleven. Murder at noon. See more »

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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 »

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Alain Delon's belt goes over the middle belt loop on the back of his white Levis about eight minutes into the film. A couple of minutes later, the belt goes through the loop, though the action was continuous, with no possibility of him having removed his belt to correct this fashion fumble. See more »

Quotes

Marge Duval: You don't love me.
Philippe Greenleaf: What's your problem? My feelings for you have nothing to do with Fra Angelico!
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Referenced in Nouvelle vague (1990) See more »

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Terrific version of the Patricia Highsmith novel
26 June 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Extremely well done, tightly edited, well acted (by everyone, including the small roles, especially the actor who has to appear dead with long camera shots in a tense scene in the hotel). Delon is perfectly cast, with his calculating cool.

The cinematography is gorgeous, especially the scenes on the yacht---nothing gimmicky, but shot with an expertise that gives true drama to the action. You can feel the waves, the wind, and the sun. The colors are vibrant on the DVD. Though a scene like this in a typical movie today would include a heavy ominous score, the director simply lets the sound of the wind create the tension. The score (by Nina Rota), in fact, is understated, unlike anything today. Even the opening credits have style.


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