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The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

In late 1950s New York, Tom Ripley, a young underachiever, is sent to Italy to retrieve Dickie Greenleaf, a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy. But when the errand fails, Ripley takes extreme measures.

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The 1950s. Manhattan lavatory attendant, Tom Ripley, borrows a Princeton jacket to play piano at a garden party. When the wealthy father of a recent Princeton grad chats Tom up, Tom pretends to know the son and is soon offered $1,000 to go to Italy to convince Dickie Greenleaf to return home. In Italy, Tom attaches himself to Dickie and to Marge, Dickie's cultured fiancée, pretending to love jazz and harboring homoerotic hopes as he soaks in luxury. Besides lying, Tom's talents include impressions and forgery, so when the handsome and confident Dickie tires of Tom, dismissing him as a bore, Tom goes to extreme lengths to make Greenleaf's privileges his own. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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It's better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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25 December 1999 (USA)  »

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The Strange Mr. Ripley  »

Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,738,237 (USA) (24 December 1999)

Gross:

$81,292,135 (USA) (21 April 2000)
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Trivia

The second film in as many years in which Jude Law plays an entitled young man impersonated throughout the movie by someone else. The other film is Gattaca (1997). See more »

Goofs

The movie is set in the 1950s, but in one scene the cover of Miles Davis' LP "Tutu" can be seen (it's in Dickie's collection), which was only released in 1986. See more »

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[first lines]
Tom Ripley: If I could just go back... if I could rub everything out... starting with myself.
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The opening title uses all the adjectives of the complete title before cutting to the final "The Talented Mr. Ripley". See more »

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References L'Avventura (1960) See more »

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NATURE BOY
Written by Eden Ahbez
Performed by Miles Davis
Courtesy of Fantasy Inc.
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Good but the original was better...which is usually the case.
16 March 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I had a much harder time watching "The Talented Mr. Ripley" compared to the average person. This is because I have already seen the original version, "Purple Noon" (1960 with Alain Delon). So all along, I knew where the film was going and how it would end. So, there was no suspense for me and I kept comparing the new film with an older film that I adored--making my enjoyment a bit muted for this Matt Damon film.

Normally, I might talk about the plot or how the two versions are different. However, this film is clearly a thriller with many exciting twists--so if I talk about it, I might give away what will happen. Suffice to say, in the Matt Damon version, what ultimately happens seems less planned and much more spontaneous--and certainly less evil. Both are very good films, however, well made and with lovely locale shooting and terrific acting. And, since they put a different spin on the plot, it would make for a great double-feature to watch them both. If asked to choose which one I'd like, I preferred the original film--but both are nice.


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