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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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Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 76 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Tom Ripley
... Marge Sherwood
... Dickie Greenleaf
... Meredith Logue
... Freddie Miles
... Peter Smith-Kingsley
... Herbert Greenleaf
... Inspector Roverini
... Alvin MacCarron
... Aunt Joan
Fiorello ... Fausto (as Rosario Fiorello)
... Silvana
Ivano Marescotti ... Colonnello Verrecchia
Anna Longhi ... Signora Buffi
... Sergeant Baggio
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Storyline

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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Everybody should have one talent... what's yours? See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

25 December 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Strange Mr. Ripley  »

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Box Office

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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Trivia

In the novel, reference is made to Dickie being portrayed as a "combination of Paul Gaugin and Errol Flynn." Jude Law who played Dickie Greenleaf in the film would also make a cameo appearance as Errol Flynn in The Aviator (2004). See more »

Goofs

When Tom Ripley is trying to learn to identify jazz musicians from recordings, he's listening to Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie's "Ko Ko", and he "recognizes" Parker's playing during Gillespie's break. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Tom Ripley: If I could just go back... if I could rub everything out... starting with myself.
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Crazy Credits

The opening title uses all the adjectives of the complete title before cutting to the final "The Talented Mr. Ripley". See more »

Connections

References The Stendhal Syndrome (1996) See more »

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KNEES UP, MOTHER BROWN
By William Lee & Harris Weston
Performed by Gabriel Yared & David Arch
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A fine ensemble performance by a winning cast
24 February 2000 | by See all my reviews

First of all, I saw this movie twice, which is a rarety in itself these days. The actors did what all actors should do in a successful motion picture, or stage play, and that is submit their own egos to the needs of the production. Matt Damon especially surprised me with his total devotion to the part of Ripley. Jude Law, once again, proved his talents as an actor by becoming Dickie Greenleaf. Paltrow and Blanchett also totally believed in whom they were playing and brought that to the screen. While I have been told that the movie is different than the book, I applaud Mingella for his tight script and seamless direction. Yet again, we are given a prime example that when violence grows out of a strong plot we, as an audience, accept it. There was not wasted motion or emotion in this film and I cannot say enough good things about it. I am surprised that the Academy so overlooked this film. Go see it.


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