Tom Ripley has a sweet deal with an art forger. The forger creates the paintings; Tom sells them. But another criminal business associate wants Tom to go in for an even riskier enterprise: murder. Tom suggests his associate ask a local picture framer instead. That man has a fatal disease, or so it's rumored. More, he has a wife and kid that surely he wouldn't want to leave penniless. Let this picture framer be a hit man, and no one will suspect. The terminally ill craftsman may agree to the misdeed, and several more, but he'll end up needing Tom Ripley in a pinch. Written by
This German film, a 1977 adaptation of 'Ripley's Game', follows Purple Noon (1960), a 1960 French adaptation of 'The Talented Mr. Ripley' with Alain Delon. The next Ripley movie came out in 1999, The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) with Matt Damon, and the next Ripley film after that came Ripley's Game (2002). In much the same way that Dennis Hopper played Ripley at seventeen years older than Delon (both men born in 1935), John Malkovich (born 1953) took the role from Matt Damon (born 1970). None of the films, however, have been made as sequels to one another and do not follow the timeline of the books. See more »
This 1977 Wim Wenders film is an adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith novel Ripley's Game. It stars Dennis Hopper as Tom Ripley, the amoral and lonely antihero Highsmith based five novels upon. Bruno Ganz plays a dying picture framer who is cajoled into murdering a man. Through various circumstances these two men come together, and briefly become friends. This is a thriller, but it's mostly the story of these two men who come to depend on one another for a brief time. Hopper is very touching in this film, conveying Ripley's loneliness in very subtle ways. And Bruno Ganz is even better as the man caught up in something he doesn't understand. And as always with a Wenders film, this is visually beautiful. For fans of Wim Wenders or The Talented Mr. Ripley, this is well worth seeing.
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