New York Times - 09/24/1977
"...[One] of the most interesting American underworld movies of recent years....An extremely beautiful film..."
Entertainment Weekly - 03/21/2003
"...A French-flavored thriller about friendship, isolation, and its own moody self..."
Sight and Sound - 08/01/2003
"...[A] complex and nuanced adaptation....Dennis Hopper makes an amiably psychotic Ripley..."
Premiere - 07/01/2004
"A moody and entrancing film."
Jonathan Zimmermann, a German picture-framer, is dying of a rare blood disease. Despite his illness, the happily married Jonathan does his best to live each day to the fullest with his wife and child. But when Tom Ripley, a cunning American gangster, learns of Jonathan's sickness, he convinces the dying man--deeply concerned about his family's financial future--to work as a hit man for a big payoff. Will Jonathan get in over his head by making a deal that could ruin what's left of his life' German director Wim Wenders delivers a sensitive, film-noirish tribute to the American gangster film, based on the novel RIPLEY'S GAME by Patricia Highsmith.
Based On A Novel |
Essential Cinema |
Film Noir |
Organized Crime |
Theatrical Release |
Film screened at 1977 New York Film Festival, and at the 1977 Cannes Film Festival.