Ripley's Game (2002)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  7 February 2003 (Italy)
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Tom Ripley persuades a man to commit a murder for a large sum of money. The situation goes out of control, and that man must escape trouble.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Uwe Mansshardt ...
Hanns Zischler ...
Art Dealer
Maurizio Lucà ...
Franco's Assistant
Evelina Meghnagi ...
Sam Blitz ...
Matthew Trevanny
Emidio La Vella ...
Shoe Shop Owner (as Emidio Lavella)
Nikolaus Dutsch ...
Dr. Wentzel (as Nikolaus Deutsch)
Wilfried Zander ...


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 <>

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Rated R for strong violence and language, some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 February 2003 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

El amigo americano  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£244,457 (UK) (30 May 2003)


$228,171 (Brazil) (16 April 2004)

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In Patricia Highsmith's original novel, most of the action takes place in France, not Italy, Tom Ripley and Jonathan Trevanny are both married to Frenchwomen who are named Heloise and Simone, not Luisa and Sarah. The character of Reeves is also different, in the novel he is an American fence whose motives are more obscure than they are depicted in the movie. See more »


Ripley's wife's sweater changes position during their love scene. See more »


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A great thriller
25 July 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I must admit I enjoyed Matt Damon and company very much in The Talented Mr.Ripley. The character of Tom Ripley is thoroughly dislikable but also intriguing. Therefore when I realised that another Ripley film had been made I was curious to enjoy the earlier experience again. I was not disappointed either. John Malkovich who I usually do not like as a performer was totally creepy and perfect as an older Ripley. Up against him was the very talented Dougray Scott as his unlikely accomplice in murder, Jonathon Trevanny. There are grisly murders galore in this film of revolting Russian mafia murderers. The ending is great. I won't give it away as it would spoil it for others. The Italian and German settings are brilliant as are the train scenes. This film is very enjoyable.

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