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Director:
Writers:
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René Clément (adaptation) ...
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Release Date:
10 March 1960 (France) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Everything is out in the open - bathed by the sun! See more »
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 »
Awards:
1 win See more »
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User Reviews:
Better Cast than Damon, et. al. See more (60 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")

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 Météhen .... conductor (as Jacques Métehen)
 
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:Tous publics (with warning) | Iceland:L | Italy:VM16 (original rating) | Italy:T (re-rating) (1999) | Japan:G (2009) | Netherlands:6 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video) | 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:
Miscellaneous: 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:
O'Brien:All is vanity! The rest is ash!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004)See more »

FAQ

Is Tom Ripley caught?
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59 out of 89 people found the following review useful.
Better Cast than Damon, et. al., 9 February 2004
Author: tonstant viewer

I found this film more interesting than the recent Minghella opus because the people were more disturbing.

Alain Delon is too good-looking to be dismissed as the geeky wannabee Matt Damon plays. His insanity in a pretty package is as unsettling as Gene Tierney's in "Leave Her to Heaven." Delon looks like Maurice Ronet's brother, and you can see him wonder why if he's just as handsome as the other guy, why doesn't he have as much money? Ronet is more unpredictable than Jude Law as the whimsical rich boy and his death is every bit as shocking.

I can't imagine that Anthony Minghella hadn't seen this version before making his own. He probably regrets Scorsese's reconstruction of Rene Clement's film so we can all make the comparison. Some scenes play like a shot-for-shot remake. Billy Kearns's brutal Freddy Miles is an obvious template for Philip Seymour Hoffman's more calculated and less powerful performance, and Gwyneth Paltrow's final breakdown is VERY close to that of Marie Laforet's.

All through the 1999 film, I kept wondering why everybody couldn't see what was wrong with the toad-like Damon. In this one, Delon's plausible, even glamorous exterior made the success of his deceptions more understandable, and more frightening.

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