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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 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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Was there ever a stranger find? A more damaging, insolent loner? A story more diabolique? See more »

Genres:

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

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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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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

French visa # 22159 delivered on 10-3-1960. 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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Scrumptious Darkness
17 January 2008 | by terencebellsSee all my reviews

Alain Delon and Maurice Ronnet play a fascinating duet of savage cruelty in this tense beautifully crafted Rene Clement thriller from Patricia Highsmith's pen. Anthony Minghella remade it as "The Talented Mr Ripley" with a more polished script and some startling character development but "Purple Noon" has an unbeatable extra gear in Alain Delon's portrayal. He is deadly because anyone would have fallen into his trap. His beauty is inviting and reassuring. We witness his brutal side but don't get to the point of judging him. That is more unique than rare in a movie. Delon's Ripley acts as if there was nothing objectionable about his behavior. A poster boy for amorality. Marie Laforet's Marge is stunningly beautiful but don't get to know her as well as we do Gyneth Paltrow in Minghella's version. If you liked The Talented Mr Ripley" you're going to love "Purple Noon" and vice-versa.


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