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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
Maurice Ronet ... Philippe Greenleaf
Marie Laforêt ... Marge Duval
Erno Crisa ... Riccordi
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 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

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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 »

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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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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

While sitting in a hotel room, Tom takes an envelope and licks it before putting it in his coat pocket. However, he never sealed the envelope and left the flap open. See more »

Quotes

Freddy Miles: [Referring to forged signatures] What do you do for a living besides this?
Tom Ripley: Nothing. And you?
Freddy Miles: Nothing. But I have my own dough.
Tom Ripley: [Referring to Philippe] He has his and I have other people's.
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Early Delon
28 September 2000 | by harry-76See all my reviews

Rene Clement's "Plein soleil" offers a young Alain Delon as Tom Ripley, a character known to more recent audiences as the hero of the Anthony Mingella 1999 "The Talented Mr. Ripley." It is nice to note that both films hold their own well, with the Mingella providing more character and background information than the Clement version.

Delon, who was to become a favorite actor of Visconti and other fine French and Italian directors, renders a skillful performance, along with Maurice Ronet as Phillipe Greenleaf (known as "Dickie" in the later Mingella opus).

Clement keeps the camera focused on the handsome M. Delon (as did Visconti) with stark closeups to show detailed emotional reactions. Delon manages to rise to the challenge in subtle ways, and to project a fully realized character. While Clement fails to provide much background as to why this character acts the way he does, Delon's photogenic countenance somewhat overcomes this void by masking it with personality and charm.

We can be thankful to Martin Scorcese for the fine reprint of this memorable French thriller, known in the UK and USA as "Purple Noon."


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