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Purple Noon (1960) More at IMDbPro »Plein soleil (original title)

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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 »
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Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
The Riveting Mr. Ripley 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")

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:
Alain Delon's then girlfriend Romy Schneider appears in the very first scene as a friend of Freddie Miles.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The position of the boom on the sailboat.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Serial Mom (1994)See more »

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97 out of 104 people found the following review useful.
The Riveting Mr. Ripley, 6 March 2007
Author: alainbenoix from Paris, France

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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