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Ripley's Game (2002)

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A dying family man in need of money is persuaded to assassinate a European crime boss.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Reeves
... Tom Ripley
Uwe Mansshardt ... Terry
... Art Dealer
... Franco
Maurizio Lucà ... Franco's Assistant
... Jonathan Trevanny
Evelina Meghnagi ... Maria
... Luisa Harari
... Sarah Trevanny
Sam Blitz ... Matthew Trevanny
... Shoe Shop Owner (as Emidio Lavella)
... Ernst
Nikolaus Dutsch ... Dr. Wentzel (as Nikolaus Deutsch)
Wilfried Zander ... Belinsky
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Tom Ripley - cool, urbane, wealthy, and murderous - lives in a villa in the Veneto with Luisa, his harpsichord-playing girlfriend. A former business associate from Berlin's underworld pays a call asking Ripley's help in killing a rival. Ripley - ever a student of human nature - initiates a game to turn a mild and innocent local picture framer into a hit man. The artisan, Jonathan Trevanny, who's dying of cancer, has a wife, young son, and little to leave them. If Ripley draws Jonathan into the game, can Ripley maintain control? Does it stop at one killing? What if Ripley develops a conscience? Luisa prepares for her concert. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Older. Wiser. More talented. See more »


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Rated R for strong violence and language, some sexuality | See all certifications »

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7 February 2003 (Italy)  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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€210,408 (Italy), 9 February 2003, Limited Release
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Financial difficulties caused shooting delays which meant director Liliana Cavani had to leave the production before filming had been completed, due to a previous commitment to direct an opera at La Scala in Milan. John Malkovich took over and completed the film, directing around a third of the footage. Consequently, this marks his unofficial debut as a director See more »

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In the scene between Reeves and Ripley in Ripley's kitchen, there are two fried eggs on Reeves's plate. However, when Reeves is sat down in the library, there are three eggs on his plate. See more »

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Tom Ripley: I'm a creation. A gifted improviser. I lack your conscience and when I was young that troubled me. It no longer does. I don't worry about being caught because I don't believe anyone is watching. The world is not a poorer place because those people are dead. It's one less car on the road. It's a little less noise and menace. You were brave today. You put some money away for your family. That's all.
Jonathan Trevanny: If you lack my conscience, why did you help me on the train?
Tom Ripley: I don't know, but it doesn't surprise...
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Followed by Ripley Under Ground (2005) See more »

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Host of Seraphim
Written by Lisa Gerrard & Brendan Perry
Used by kind permission of Universal/Momentum Music Ltd.
Performed by Dead Can Dance
Courtesy of 4AD
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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A Solid Crime Movie, Thanks To Three Leads
21 June 2007 | by See all my reviews

This was good; a solid crime story. It's the "Tom Ripley" of "The Talented Mr. Ripley," but now older and being played by John Malkovich instead of Matt Damon. He's also, at least to me, a totally different character so this story stands on its own. There's no tie-in to that previous film

Malkovich plays his normal role, playing the kind of character he's good at playing: the smart, sarcastic and sadistic villain with the interesting vocabulary. In this story, he blends in with the locals as somewhat of a nondescript guy but inside he's a man with no conscience who is a killer. Late in the film, he admits and brags about having no conscience.

The plot in this movie revolves around Ripley having someone else do some of the latest killings for him, an "average Joe" that no one would suspect. That role is played by Dougray Scott, a young Englishman with a wife and young son, but a man who is dying of leukemia and could use a little extra money for his family when he's gone. That seems to be the lure when the evil Ripley and his partner give him the murder sales pitch. It takes some convincing, but "Jonathan Trevanny" eventually gives in to some persuasion, shall we say. Scott's reaction after the killing is very interesting...and he gets another assignment.

Ripley's partner "Reeves" also is an intriguing guy, played by Ray Winstone who also often portrays this type of character: a vicious, profane thug. If you saw "Sexy Beast," you'll know the type of guy Winstone plays here

Anyway,without giving the story away, suffice to say this wound up a pleasant surprise: great dialog, good photography and acting, some dark humor along with good suspense and just the right amount of action and lulls. It is heavy on the profanity, so beware of that.

This is a film one doesn't hear much about and is recommended for those who enjoy modern-day, tough crime films.


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