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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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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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How far would you go to become someone else? 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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As noted, the opera excerpt is a scene from Eugene Onegin, by Tchaikovsky. The title character in the opera is, like Ripley, an attractive, charismatic, and clever young man, who aspires to be accepted by people of a higher social standing. This is best portrayed at the beginning of the third act when Onegen crashes a dinner party where he is clearly over his head and is quickly spotted as a poseur. See more »

Goofs

When Ripley and Dickie are playing chess, Dickie moves a pawn. A bit later, we see a close-up of the chess-board, where Dickie makes the same move again. In addition to Dickie making the same move twice, other pieces change position in different takes in the chessboard scene. 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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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Gwyneth Paltrow/Ryan Adams (2001) See more »

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LENSKI'S ARIA
from Act 2, Scene 2 of "EUGENE ONEGIN"
By Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (as P. Tchaikovsky)
Performed by Nicolai Gedda, Dimiter Stanchev, Juri Mazurok (as Yuri Mazurok) and the Sofia Festival Orchestra
Conducted by Emil Tchakarov
Courtesy of the National Palace of Culture, Bulgaria and Sony Classical
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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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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