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Ripley's Game -- 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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Director:
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Charles McKeown (written by) and
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Release Date:
7 February 2003 (Italy) See more »
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Older. Wiser. More talented. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ray Winstone ... Reeves

John Malkovich ... Tom Ripley
Uwe Mansshardt ... Terry
Hanns Zischler ... Art Dealer
Paolo Paoloni ... Franco
Maurizio Lucà ... Franco's Assistant

Dougray Scott ... Jonathan Trevanny
Evelina Meghnagi ... Maria

Chiara Caselli ... Luisa Harari

Lena Headey ... Sarah Trevanny
Sam Blitz ... Matthew Trevanny
Emidio La Vella ... Shoe Shop Owner (as Emidio Lavella)

Lutz Winde ... Ernst
Nikolaus Dutsch ... Dr. Wentzel (as Nikolaus Deutsch)
Wilfried Zander ... Belinsky
Hendrikje Fitz ... Teacher in Zoo
Francesca Ventura ... Hotel Maid
Yurij Rosstalnyj ... Guleghin
Ronnie Paul ... Gregory
Thomas Bloem ... Bodyguard on Train
Oliver Hanisch ... Gangster
Sönke Korries ... Gangster (as Sonke Korries)
René Lay ... Gangster

Directed by
Liliana Cavani 
 
Writing credits
Charles McKeown (written by) and
Liliana Cavani (written by)

Patricia Highsmith (novel)

Produced by
Simon Bosanquet .... producer
Marco Chimenz .... executive producer
Cam Galano .... executive producer (as Camela Galano)
Ileen Maisel .... producer
Rolf Mittweg .... executive producer
Mark Ordesky .... executive producer
Russell Smith .... executive producer
Rudi Teichmann .... service producer
Riccardo Tozzi .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
 
Cinematography by
Alfio Contini 
 
Film Editing by
Jon Harris 
 
Production Design by
Francesco Frigeri 
 
Art Direction by
Giovanni A. Scribano 
 
Set Decoration by
Verde Visconti 
 
Costume Design by
Fotini Dimou 
Raffaella Fantasia 
Alberto Verso 
 
Makeup Department
Carlo Barucci .... chief hair stylist
Enrico Iacoponi .... key makeup artist
Francesca Jacoponi .... hair stylist
Lena Lazzarotto .... makeup assistant: Germany
Katia Sisto .... makeup artist
Gino Zamprioli .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Kristov Brändli .... unit production manager: Germany
Francesca Cingolani .... production manager
Giacomo Gagliardo .... assistant production manager
Nigel Goldsack .... executive in charge of production
Silvia Natali .... production manager
Veronica Pillon .... assistant production manager
Simona Prosperi .... unit manager
Marta Razzano .... unit manager
Justine Redfern .... post-production supervisor
Cinzia Taffani .... unit manager
Elena Zokas .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ludovica Barbieri .... third assistant director
Fabrizio Castellani .... first assistant director
Diego D'Andrea .... third assistant director
Daniela Merlo .... assistant director
Francesca Polic Greco .... second assistant director (as Francesca Polic'Greco)
Laura Popescu-Zeletin .... third assistant director: Germany
Karin Scherer .... second assistant director: Germany
Simonetta Valentini .... second assistant director: additional shooting
 
Art Department
Biagio Fersini .... first assistant art director
Alfonso Fortunati .... painter
Matthias Kroul .... swing gang: Germany
Pietro Masotti .... prop man
Riccardo Passanisi .... property master
Mauro Passi .... lead man
Leonardo Puccini .... second assistant art director
Dörte Schreiterer .... assistant prop man: Germany
Hendrik Schulz .... swing gang: Germany
Donato Tieppo .... prop buyer
Thierry Toscan .... prop man
Heike Wolf .... draughtsperson: Germany
 
Sound Department
Lydia Andrew .... assistant sound editor
Gareth Bull .... foley recordist
Matthew Desorgher .... boom operator
Robert Farr .... dialogue mixer
Richard Fettes .... foley editor
Stan Fiferman .... foley artist
Diane Greaves .... foley artist
John Hayward .... sound re-recording mixer
Christopher Lloyd .... supervising sound editor
Ian Macbeth .... assistant sound editor
Hugo Middleton .... adr & dialogue editor
Richard Pryke .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
John Rodda .... sound mixer
Brian Simmons .... sound mixer
Richard Street .... preview re-recording mixer
Andy Thompson .... dialogue mixer
David Abrahamsen .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Andrew Caller .... sound technician (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Maurizio Corridori .... special effects supervisor
Silvano Scasseddu .... special effects foreman
 
Visual Effects by
Mark Bakowski .... digital compositor
Angus Cameron .... digital effects supervisor
Sharon Lark .... visual effects producer
Sarah Lockwood .... digital compositor
Andy Stevens .... visual effects supervisor: Millfilm
Christopher Grandel .... trailer digital effects, Howard Anderson Company (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Oliver Hanisch .... stunts
Ronnie Paul .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gianni Aldi .... Steadicam operator
Gianni Aldi .... camera operator: "b" camera
Bruno Angeletti .... additional electrician
Maurizio Benvenuto .... grip
Marco Bivona .... additional grip
Fabrizio Bucciarelli .... additional grip
Vittorio Contino .... generator operator
Domenico D'Andrea .... clapper loader
Tarek El Barbari .... additional electrician: Germany
Eeva Fleig .... camera operator: Germany
Gabriele Gorga .... electrician
Tino Gorga .... gaffer
Valerio Gorga .... electrician
Thomas Gottschalk .... first assistant camera: Germany
Tyrone Hoogendyk .... additional grip: Germany
Kim Howland .... camera operator: Germany
Bill Kaye .... additional still photographer: pre-production
Anna Leippe .... clapper loader: Germany
Emiliano Leurini .... focus puller
Maurizio Lucchini .... focus puller
Romano Martiri .... additional electrician
Maurizio Nori .... additional electrician
Claudio Pagliarani .... second assistant camera
Maurizio Piano .... Steadicam operator
Enrico Quacquarini .... additional grip
Pierino Quacquarini .... grip
Giancarlo Rocchetti .... key grip
Vittorio Rocchetti .... grip
Sandro Rubbo .... focus puller (as Sandro Rubeo)
Uli Schmidt .... assistant camera
Sergio Strizzi .... still photographer
Marcello Tallone .... electrician
Mary Thompson .... video assist operator
Massimiliano Trevis .... Steadicam operator
Massimiliano Trevis .... camera operator
Pino Venditti .... camera operator
Jette Waldow .... clapper loader
 
Casting Department
Tina Böckenhauer .... additional casting: Germany
Louis Elman .... adr casting
Benson Weingarten .... additional casting: Germany
Fiona Weir .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Helena Brown .... wardrobe assistant
Osvaldo Che .... tailor
Paul Colford .... wardrobe assistant
Lena Harlan .... wardrobe assistant: Germany
Susanne Kuehnhold .... wardrobe assistant: Germany
Gabriella Loria .... assistant costume designer
Linda Mellin .... wardrobe supervisor
Olga Pagnotta .... seamstress
 
Editorial Department
Kevin Ahern .... first assistant editor
Pasquale Cuzzupoli .... color consultant
Christopher Lloyd .... first assistant editor
Geraldine Patten .... post-production assistant
Stephen R. Sheridan .... color timer
 
Music Department
Angelo Giovagnoli .... orchestra coordinator
Fabio Venturi .... music scoring engineer
 
Transportation Department
Mario Campagna .... transportation captain
Elio Cecchin .... driver
Manuel Katzy .... transportation captain: Germany
 
Other crew
Chris Allies .... title designer
Steve Barry .... first assistant production accountant
Dana Belcastro .... production executive
Rachel Blasi .... production secretary
Roberta Butti .... assistant: Mr. Scott
Antonio Chiffi .... crowd marshall
Tommaso Dabala .... set production assistant (as Tommaso Dabalá)
Marco Dall'Armi .... production runner
Rita Della Rocca .... production accountant
Christian Ebner .... assistant production accountant: Germany
Renate Farber .... production coordinator: Germany
John Fonseca .... dialogue coach: Chiara Caselli
Vanessa Fourgeaud .... assistant: Mr. Malkovich
David Gaertner .... production runner
Alessandro Gioffré .... set production assistant
Julia Haarbrücker .... set production assistant: Germany
Lena Helling .... set production assistant: Germany
Monika Helmer .... production accountant: Germany
Kali Huber .... production runner
Joscha Keller .... set production assistant: Germany
Joanne King .... assistant to producer
Yves Krol .... location scout: Germany
Silke Krüger .... location manager: Germany
Mariateresa La Saracina .... dialogue coach: Sam Blitz
Stefano Dalla Lana .... set production assistant
Marco Landolfi .... payroll
Paolo Marchetti .... set production assistant
Gaia Marotta .... production coordinator
Marco Mattei .... cashier
Marco Mattei .... production accountant
Andrew Noakes .... financial controller
Firminio Pasquali .... accounting supervisor
Carla Maria Perrina .... payroll clerk
Andrea Piria .... cashier: Italy
Marta Razzano .... assistant location manager
Justine Redfern .... assistant to producer
Eugene Rizzo .... unit publicist
Rosanna Roditi .... location manager
Melissa Strizzi .... script supervisor
Luciano Tartaglia .... production accountant
Margaret A. Thompson .... assistant: Mr. De Laurentiis (as Margaret Thompson)
Margaret A. Thompson .... production coordinator
Volkmar Umlauft .... set location manager: Germany
Verde Visconti .... visual consultant
Julia Wilson Dickson .... dialogue coach: Dougray Scott (as Julia Wilson-Dickson)
Wendy Zych .... contact: London
 

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Rated R for strong violence and language, some sexuality
Runtime:
110 min | Argentina:112 min
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Trivia:
John Malkovich remarked in an interview with the BBC that before starring in this film, he came close to directing The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) and that he was in negotiations to obtain the rights to direct a remake of the first "Talented Mr Ripley" adaptation, Purple Noon (1960).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Ripley and Trevanny are on the train to kill the Ukrainian mobster. Ripley puts on gloves before the killing. But after he does not have them on.See more »
Quotes:
Jonathan Trevanny:One of them's still alive.
Tom Ripley:How do you know?
Jonathan Trevanny:Well, I heard it on the world news.
Tom Ripley:Jesus. I always figured you for a talk radio man. Okay, well, I guess I didn't strangle him long enough. It's not like a garrote comes with a manual.
Jonathan Trevanny:Ah, one of them got a very, very good look at me.
Tom Ripley:Jonathan, that's the first rule of the game. Don't ever worry about anything you can't control, ever. Anyway, I don't think they can trace us here and if they get close, I'll let you know.
Jonathan Trevanny:What about my family? I'm just worried about my family.
[...]
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Movie Connections:
References "Candid Camera" (1953)See more »
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52 out of 67 people found the following review useful.
The worst man wins, 8 April 2004
Author: Chris Knipp from Berkeley, California

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There have been many cinematic Highsmith stories, and even many filmed Tom Ripley's. Why another one? Well, as I am hardly the first to say – Ripley's Game came out in England last summer, and had a brief theatrical showing in New York several months ago – there are ways in which John Malkovich was both born and bred to play the mature Mr. Ripley. Give the young one to Alain Delon or Matt Dillon: both were arguable versions of the fledgling scoundrel. But it's uncanny how well Malkovich wears the skin of the grown man. And it's cruelly weird that in America a film of this caliber could have been sent straight to DVD.

Life requires action, sometimes the slow patience of the lizard, other times the gift of abrupt violence. Ripley's accomplished murders and thefts, so bold, so risky, so improvisational, prove that he possesses the existential courage one needs to survive and enjoy life. As his reward for jobs well done, Tom occupies an expansive Palladian villa in Treviso with a beautiful harpsichordist. He enjoys the best wines, the best cars, and the best risotto made from truffles in his kitchen by the best cook in the Veneto. He knows the difference between a Guercino and a Parmigianino and he's never anything but well dressed. Markovich serves the role as well as it serves him: isn't he, like Ripley, a brash American turned well-heeled European sybarite?

The paradox of the Ripley novels is that a master criminal may also be good at the art of living, and the tricky thing about watching Malkovich is that one may be tempted to admire him. This isn't a new experience for the reader of Highsmith's many novels, particularly the Ripley ones: to enter the world of her criminals has the appeal of being bad and getting away with it. As Graham Greene famously said, `[Highsmith] has created a world of her own – a world claustrophobic and irrational which we enter each time with a sense of personal danger.' And yet within the first ten minutes we see Ripley kill a man with a poker for little more than mishandling some renaissance drawings.

The perfect foil for Ripley in the movie is Trevanny (Dugray Scott), a man whom fatal illness has given an edge of desperate bravado, but who remains sensitive to moral values. Eventually after being lured into committing a serious crime for big money (which he can leave to his wife and young son), Trevanny waits with Ripley in the villa for some gangsters bent on revenge and as they chat to pass the time he remarks that in school he always got caught.

Tom smiles and says, `You know why? Because you didn't think of just killing your teachers!'

John Malkovich hasn't very often played a nice person. Yes, he's been Biff in Death of a Salesman and Tom in The Glass Menagerie, but then we get to Lennie in Of Mice and Men and (triumphantly) Valmont in Dangerous Acquaintances and Gilbert Osmond in Portrait of a Lady. In between he has been an out and out villain as in In the Line of Fire, or supercilious prigs like Port in The Sheltering Sky and Jake in The Object of Beauty. Tom Ripley is Malkovich's triumph. It combines all of these. Is it a surprise that playing the wickedest man of all, he has never been more appealing? Finally all his slimy traits here come together. This is what he's about, we say. At last it all makes sense. Being Ripley has never been more fun and that's because the role fits the actor like a glove. There's something sublimely ugly about him that reminds us that good looks are not the only attractive features in a man. There is also power, taste, and originality. He's elegant, he's an esthete, and he's smart. When Reeves asks him if he has the extra fifty thousand he's offering, he just snaps his cell phone shut. The ruthless man is also impatient with stupidity.

This is an actor's film. Ray Winstone is superb in the smaller role of the abominable, self satisfied lowlife Reeves who comes to Ripley to get a murder done. Reeves is little more than a pretext for a caper, a reason for coming out of retirement, but Winstone makes him forward without ever being overdrawn. Dugray Scott is Trevanny, the picture framer in the Italian town near which Ripley lives who has acute myelogenous leukemia. Scott is an actor who looks both handsome and unwell. He may suffer a little too much, but he also has an admirable recessiveness that keeps the glamour Cavani spreads over her characters (they're all a bit too well dressed, but this film comes out of Italy, the land of 'bella figura') from overwhelming his essential weakness. He also illustrates the strength that comes to desperate men. He gets just as mean as Ripley toward the end, and he dies with a smile on his face.

This film shows us the two essential elements of Patricia Highmith's books: Tom Ripley is pure evil; and it's a lot of fun to be him. Cavani's suave Game gives the Devil his due. People unfamiliar with the Highsmithian sensibility may find the end unsatisfying. But it is perfectly in character.

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