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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 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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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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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

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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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The film cast includes four Oscar winners: Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Gwyneth Paltrow. It also includes one Oscar nominee: Jude Law. See more »

Goofs

Ripley's vocal microphone at the jazz club (highly uncharacteristic for the 1950s). 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 »

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Referenced in The Talented Mr. Bixby (2008) See more »

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YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT LOVE IS
Written by Don Raye & Gene de Paul
Performed by John Martyn & The Guy Barker International Quintet
Produced by Anthony Minghella, Gabriel Yared, Graham Walker, Guy Barker and John Martyn
John Martyn performs courtesy of Independiente Limited
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A ravishing, emotionally complex, and heart-rending film of great elegance
3 January 2000 | by See all my reviews

Seeing this gorgeous tango between Damon and Law, I was never less than captivated and riveted. Minghella has fashioned something literate, powerful, seductive, charming, tragic, and beautiful. His casting is nearly perfect. Damon is unforgettable as an amoral but fascinating character whom we even sympathize with by film's end. Law is stunning as Dickie, the man whose life Ripley adores. Paltrow is good, though she is not given a whole lot to do. Blanchett is perfect in a small but pivotal role that only adds to her already impressive filmography. This is a near-masterpiece. Minghella's talent for visual opulence is second to none, and his work here should earn him a directing Oscar nod. The same goes for many others associated with this brilliant achievement. The ending is as unsuspected as it is inevitable, that is, sad and unsettling. In fact, the whole film underscores these emotions. Whereas Highsmith's original novel was cold and sometimes inert, the film makes Ripley much more of a living, breathing character, and as such, a great symbol of tragedy. It may be some time before I forget this intense experience. Certainly one that deserves multiple viewings. One of the best films of 1999. I think this may be one of the best pictures I have ever seen. Bravo everyone. A moving, rich knockout!


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