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The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

In late 1950s New York, Tom Ripley, a young underachiever, is sent to Italy to retrieve Dickie Greenleaf, a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy. But when the errand fails, Ripley takes extreme measures.

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Anthony Minghella

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Patricia Highsmith (novel), Anthony Minghella (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Damon ... Tom Ripley
Gwyneth Paltrow ... Marge Sherwood
Jude Law ... Dickie Greenleaf
Cate Blanchett ... Meredith Logue
Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Freddie Miles
Jack Davenport ... Peter Smith-Kingsley
James Rebhorn ... Herbert Greenleaf
Sergio Rubini ... Inspector Roverini
Philip Baker Hall ... Alvin MacCarron
Celia Weston ... Aunt Joan
Fiorello Fiorello ... Fausto (as Rosario Fiorello)
Stefania Rocca ... Silvana
Ivano Marescotti Ivano Marescotti ... Colonnello Verrecchia
Anna Longhi Anna Longhi ... Signora Buffi
Alessandro Fabrizi ... Sergeant Baggio
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The 1950s. Manhattan lavatory attendant, Tom Ripley, borrows a Princeton jacket to play piano at a garden party. When the wealthy father of a recent Princeton grad chats Tom up, Tom pretends to know the son and is soon offered $1,000 to go to Italy to convince Dickie Greenleaf to return home. In Italy, Tom attaches himself to Dickie and to Marge, Dickie's cultured fiancée, pretending to love jazz and harboring homoerotic hopes as he soaks in luxury. Besides lying, Tom's talents include impressions and forgery, so when the handsome and confident Dickie tires of Tom, dismissing him as a bore, Tom goes to extreme lengths to make Greenleaf's privileges his own. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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It's better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody. See more »

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Rated R for violence, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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English | Italian

Release Date:

25 December 1999 (USA) See more »

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The Strange Mr. Ripley See more »

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,738,237, 26 December 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$81,298,265

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$128,798,265
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Has been followed by other Ripley novel adaptations Ripley's Game (2002) and Ripley Under Ground (2005), in which the role of Tom Ripley was played by John Malkovich and Barry Pepper, respectively, although neither was made as a direct sequel to this film. Matt Damon appeared with Malkovich in Rounders (1998) and Pepper in Saving Private Ryan (1998). Pepper and Malkovich also appeared together in Knockaround Guys (2001). See more »

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After the "other woman" floats ashore and is lying dead in the old woman's lap you see her spit water out after a wave goes over her face. See more »

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[first lines]
Tom Ripley: If I could just go back... if I could rub everything out... starting with myself.
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The opening title uses all the adjectives of the complete title before cutting to the final "The Talented Mr. Ripley". See more »

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Tu vuò fà l'americano
By Renato Carosone & Nicola Salerno
Performed by Matt Damon, Jude Law, Fiorello and The Guy Barker International Quintet
Produced by Graham Walker, Anthony Minghella & Guy Barker
Fiorello performs courtesy of RTI Music
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Thoughtful psychological study or perversely entertaining? Your pick
29 December 1999 | by SKG-2See all my reviews

Patricia Highsmith's original novel is about a charming, amoral man who already has all the elements in place before he does his terrible deeds, and while Rene Clement's adaptation, PURPLE NOON(1960) doesn't show us Ripley before he came to Europe, Alain Delon certainly was all amoral charm. In his adaptation, Anthony Minghella takes on a different tack, showing us Tom Ripley before he became the Talented Mr. Ripley(just as last year's ELIZABETH showed Elizabeth before she became The Virgin Queen; by coincidence, both films star Cate Blanchett). When a filmmaker tries to add psychological depth to what is generally pulp entertainment, it doesn't always work, but Minghella has pulled it off, while keeping it entertaining.

There have been some people who think Matt Damon is too colorless here. In Clement's adaptation, that might have been true, but the point here is Ripley is SUPPOSED to be a nonentity, a blank page waiting to be filled(thus lines like "I always figured it would be better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody," or when Dickie Greenleaf(Jude Law) tells Ripley that with his glasses on, he looks like Clark Kent) by someone like Dickie. Ripley may have been pretending from day one(which is how he gets to meet Dickie in the first place), but there was nothing sinister about it, just a bunch of little white lies. It's not till he gets entranced by the life in Italy, and Dickie's life in particular, and then finds himself shut from it, that things happen. And Damon is excellent at going through the transformation(and it's not just the glasses, as one comment suggested, it's the hair, the clothes, and the whole attitude).

Anthony Lane of The New Yorker, probably my favorite critic today, liked the film, but he thought it would have been better if Damon and Law had switched roles. Again, if Minghella was remaking Clement's version, sure, but not this way. If you want someone to be an object of desire, you better make sure they're desirable, and Law is quite good there, along with showing the layers underneath. Gwyneth Paltrow has the tougher role, because she has to be both smart and able to be fooled, but she pulls it off, especially in the scene when she tells Tom she really knows what he is. Cate Blanchett and Philip Seymour Hoffman are also good in small roles, James Rebhorn is dependable, and Philip Baker Hall makes a memorable cameo.

One more thing; there have also been complaints that the first half is too long, and the ending is weak. The first half not only sets up Ripley's slowly falling in love with Dickie's life(and even Dickie), but also sets up some plot points which pay off later, so it's necessary. And when Ripley finally becomes The Talented Mr. Ripley, it's unsettling and still delivers a perverse kick. As for the ending, without giving anything away, it's the only way it could end; he goes on, but at what cost? This is terrific moviemaking.


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