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Purple Noon (1960)

Plein soleil (original title)
Tom Ripley is a talented mimic, moocher, forger and all-around criminal improviser; but there's more to Tom Ripley than even he can guess.

Director:

René Clément

Writers:

Patricia Highsmith (novel), René Clément (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alain Delon ... Tom Ripley
Marie Laforêt ... Marge Duval (as Marie Laforet)
Maurice Ronet ... Philippe Greenleaf
Erno Crisa ... Inspector Ricordi
Frank Latimore ... O'Brien
Billy Kearns Billy Kearns ... Freddy Miles (as Bill Kearns)
Ave Ninchi Ave Ninchi ... Signora Gianna
Viviane Chantel Viviane Chantel ... The Belgian lady
Nerio Bernardi Nerio Bernardi ... Agency Director
Barbel Fanger Barbel Fanger
Lily Romanelli Lily Romanelli ... Housekeeper
Nicolas Petrov Nicolas Petrov ... Boris
Elvire Popesco ... Mrs. Popova
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Storyline

Tom Ripley is sent to Europe by Mr. Greenleaf to fetch his spoiled, playboy son, Philippe, and bring him back home to the States. In return, Tom will receive $5,000. Philippe toys with Tom, pretending he will go back home, but has no intentions of leaving his bride to be, Marge, and honoring his father's wishes. After some time passes, Mr. Greenleaf considers the mission a failure and cuts Tom off. However, he will need all his conman abilities to keep afloat. Written by Humberto Amador/Peter Brandt Nielsen

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Passion at ten. Envy at eleven. Murder at noon. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for momentary violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | Italian | English

Release Date:

10 March 1960 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Lust for Evil See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$618,090
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 32268 delivered on 6-7-1960. See more »

Goofs

Alain Delon's belt goes over the middle belt loop on the back of his white Levis about eight minutes into the film. A couple of minutes later, the belt goes through the loop, though the action was continuous, with no possibility of him having removed his belt to correct this fashion fumble. See more »

Quotes

Marge Duval: I trust you. Swear that he's not in San Francisco.
Tom Ripley: Come on, Marge!
Marge Duval: Sorry. You're my only link to Philippe.
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Spoofed in Breathless (1960) See more »

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Terrific version of the Patricia Highsmith novel
26 June 2004 | by rlshusterSee all my reviews

Extremely well done, tightly edited, well acted (by everyone, including the small roles, especially the actor who has to appear dead with long camera shots in a tense scene in the hotel). Delon is perfectly cast, with his calculating cool.

The cinematography is gorgeous, especially the scenes on the yacht---nothing gimmicky, but shot with an expertise that gives true drama to the action. You can feel the waves, the wind, and the sun. The colors are vibrant on the DVD. Though a scene like this in a typical movie today would include a heavy ominous score, the director simply lets the sound of the wind create the tension. The score (by Nina Rota), in fact, is understated, unlike anything today. Even the opening credits have style.


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