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Ripley's Game (2002)

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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 ...
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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The talented Mr Ripley is back. Older. Wiser. More dangerous See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£244,457 (UK) (30 May 2003)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


In the scene between Reeves and Ripley in Ripley's kitchen, there are two fried eggs on Reeves's plate. However, when Reeves is sat down in the library, there are three eggs on his plate. See more »


Tom Ripley: She's the best cook in the Veneto.
Reeves: I'll bet she is. But eggs is eggs.
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Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »


Ripley's Yoga
Composed and Performed by Simon Davison
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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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