Tom Ripley - cool, urbane, wealthy, and murderous - lives in a villa in the Veneto with Luisa, his harpsichord-playing girlfriend. A former business associate from Berlin's underworld pays a call asking Ripley's help in killing a rival. Ripley - ever a student of human nature - initiates a game to turn a mild and innocent local picture framer into a hit man. The artisan, Jonathan Trevanny, who's dying of cancer, has a wife, young son, and little to leave them. If Ripley draws Jonathan into the game, can Ripley maintain control? Does it stop at one killing? What if Ripley develops a conscience? Luisa prepares for her concert. Written by
Financial difficulties caused shooting delays which meant director Liliana Cavani had to leave the production before filming had been completed, due to a previous commitment to direct an opera at La Scala in Milan. John Malkovich took over and completed the film, directing around a third of the footage. Consequently, this marks his unofficial debut as a director See more »
When Trevanny and Reeves first meet in the hotel, Trevanny's cigar changes orientation, between shots. See more »
I want you to call the man who sent you here. I want you to tell him you got a very long look at the two of us, we were definitely not the people on the train. Do you understand? If you do that, you do it convincingly, you walk out of here, we give you half a million dollars, okay? If you don't do it convincingly, I take you out back, and I run my fucking tractor over your head the rest of the day. Okay?
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Good adaptation about famous character with extraordinary playing by Malkovich
The picture focuses on Tom Ripley (John Malkovich) , a cold and cult assassin . At the beginning , Ripley and his associate (Ray Winstone) are planning a swindle which goes wrong . After that , he convinces a man (Dougray Scott) happily married (Lena Headley) to execute a crime on a mobster for a great amount of money ; but the happenings go out of control and the gangsters seek vengeance .
The film is an exciting thriller and superbly interpreted . In the picture there are drama , action , tension , intrigue and a little bit of violence when the murders happen . From the beginning till the end the suspense is continuous and for that reason is entertaining . Acting by John Malkovich is top-notch , he's excellent as Ripley , a cruel and brutal murderer with exquisite manners . Dougray Scott as the ill-fated and victim of his play makes a first-rate interpretation . Ray Winstone plays correctly an avaricious and savage nasty . Fascinating musical score by the great Ennio Morricone . Glimmer and watchable cinematography by Alfio Contini who shows stunningly the Italian palaces , theaters and interior scenarios . The film is based on Patricia Highsmith novel , whose Ripley personage has been well adapted in former versions as ¨Blazing sun¨ (Rene Clair with Alain Delon) and ¨The talented Mr.Ripley¨ (Anthony Minghella with Matt Damon) . The motion picture is rightly directed by Liliana Cavani . The flick will appeal to John Malkovich fans . Rating: interesting and well worth seeing .
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