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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
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 »
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I'm a creation. A gifted improviser. I lack your conscience and when I was young that troubled me. It no longer does. I don't worry about being caught because I don't believe anyone is watching. The world is not a poorer place because those people are dead. It's one less car on the road. It's a little less noise and menace. You were brave today. You put some money away for your family. That's all.
If you lack my conscience, why did you help me on the train?
I don't know, but it doesn't surprise...
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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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