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Purple Noon -- This ripe, colorful adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's vicious novel The Talented Mr. Ripley, directed by the versatile René Clément, stars Alain Delon as Tom Ripley, a duplicitous American charmer in Rome on a mission to bring his privileged, devil-may-care acquaintance Philippe Greenleaf (Maurice Ronet) back to the United States.

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Director:
Writers:
Patricia Highsmith (novel)
René Clément (adaptation) ...
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Release Date:
10 March 1960 (France) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Passion at ten. Envy at eleven. Murder at noon.
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
1 win See more »
NewsDesk:
(57 articles)
Film Review: ‘Un homme ideal’
 (From Variety - Film News. 23 March 2015, 4:29 PM, PDT)

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User Reviews:
Terrific version of the Patricia Highsmith novel See more (54 total) »

Cast

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Alain Delon ... Tom Ripley

Maurice Ronet ... Philippe Greenleaf
Marie Laforêt ... Marge Duval
Erno Crisa ... Riccordi
Frank Latimore ... O'Brien
Billy Kearns ... Freddy Miles (as Bill Kearns)
Ave Ninchi ... Signora Gianna
Viviane Chantel ... The Belgian lady
Nerio Bernardi ... Agency Director
Barbel Fanger
Lily Romanelli ... Housekeeper
Nicolas Petrov ... Boris
Elvire Popesco ... Mrs. Popova
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

René Clément ... Le serveur maladroit (uncredited)
Jacqueline Decaë ... Ingrid (uncredited)
Walter Grant ... Bit (uncredited)
Paul Muller ... Blind Man (uncredited)

Romy Schneider ... Freddy's companion (uncredited)
Nino Vingelli ... Bit (uncredited)
Leonello Zanchi ... Un inspecteur de police (uncredited)

Directed by
René Clément 
 
Writing credits
Patricia Highsmith (novel "The Talented Mr Ripley/Monsieur Ripley")

René Clément (adaptation and dialogue) &
Paul Gégauff (adaptation and dialogue) (as Paul Gegauff)

Produced by
Raymond Hakim .... producer
Robert Hakim .... producer
Goffredo Lombardo .... producer
 
Original Music by
Nino Rota  (as Nino Rotta)
 
Cinematography by
Henri Decaë 
 
Film Editing by
Françoise Javet 
 
Production Design by
Paul Bertrand 
 
Costume Design by
Bella Clément 
 
Makeup Department
Louis Bonnemaison .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Piero Cocco .... production manager
Roberto Cocco .... unit production manager
Alfredo Salvati .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alberto Cardone .... assistant director
Pierre Zimmer .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Bruno Avesani .... assistant art director
Raymond Lemoigne .... property master
Eugène Roman .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Gilles Barberis .... audio restorer
Jacques Carrère .... sound mixer
Marcel Corvaisier .... boom operator
Jean-Claude Marchetti .... sound
Maurice Rémy .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
André Bouladoux .... key grip
Jean Rabier .... camera operator
Jean-Paul Schwartz .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Madeleine Lecompere .... assistant editor
Hadassa Misrahi .... assistant editor
Maryse Siclier .... assistant editor
Walter Spohr .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Jacques Métehen .... conductor
 
Other crew
Maurice Binder .... title designer
Christopher Gambale .... assistant to harvey weinstein
Jean Guélis .... choreographer
Yvette Vérité .... script supervisor (as Yette Vérité)
Sébastien Cauchon .... press attaché: 2013 re-release (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Plein soleil" - France (original title)
"Lust for Evil" - USA (reissue title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for momentary violence and sexuality
Runtime:
118 min | Argentina:115 min | France:115 min | Hungary:110 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Finland:K-15 (re-rating) (2001) | France:U (with warning) | Iceland:L | Italy:T | Japan:G (2009) | UK:PG | USA:PG-13 | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
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:
Continuity: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004)See more »

FAQ

Is Tom Ripley caught?
What's with the food?
Are the characters French or American?
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59 out of 69 people found the following review useful.
Terrific version of the Patricia Highsmith novel, 26 June 2004
Author: rlshuster from New York

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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