The Talented Mr. Ripley

Starring: Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow & Jude Law Director: Anthony Minghella  Rated: R: Restricted
It's better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody.
The Talented Mr. Ripley
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  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 19 minutes
  • Video: Color
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  • Originally Released: 1999
  • Label: Paramount Catalog
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French
    • Dolby Digital Surround - English, French
    • Subtitles - English

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Entertainment Reviews:

Variety -
"...[An] intoxicating and involving tale of intrigue and crime..."
Total Film - 03/01/2000
"...Visually impressive....It's difficult to think of a better cast..." -- 4 out of 5 stars
Entertainment Weekly - 06/30/2000
"...Gorgeous young swells....A soundtrack and cinematography as rich as crème de menthe..." - Rating: B+
Box Office - 02/01/2000
"...The performances here are stunning, with on-the-money turns by supporting actors Philip Seymour Hoffman...and Cate Blanchett..."
USA Today - 12/22/1999
"...A significant plot twist suddenly changes a heated psychological thriller into a low-key cat-and-mouse thriller....This overall better rendering coasts on the momentum of a terrific lead-in..."
Los Angeles Times - 12/24/1999
"...A wonderfully accomplished work....A beautifully mounted and directed film..."
Premiere - 07/01/2004
"Cate Blanchett and Philip Seymour Hoffman provide great color in character roles."
Wall Street Journal - 09/18/2009
“Mr. Damon gives a remarkable performance as the endlessly needy and mendacious Tom Ripley, and he's surrounded by a splendid cast...”

Product Description:

Based on Patricia Highsmith's novel of the same name, Anthony Minghella's moody follow-up to his Oscar-winning THE ENGLISH PATIENT concerns Tom Ripley (Matt Damon), a poor New Yorker, who is sent to Italy by the wealthy Mr. Greenleaf in order to bring back his spoiled son, Dickie (an Oscar-nominated Jude Law). Once in Italy, Tom charms his way into the home of Dickie and his girlfriend Marge (Gwyneth Paltrow), where he begins to get a taste of wealthy living. When Tom begins to wear out his welcome, he takes drastic actions to ensure that he will never have to return to the life that he left behind.

Plot Synopsis:

Set against a luxurious Italian backdrop, Anthony Minghella's suspenseful film follows Tom Ripley (Matt Damon), a young New York men's room attendant, who is befriended by the father of a spoiled playboy, Dickie Greenleaf (Jude Law). Dickie's father sends Tom to track down his wayward son in Venice and return him to his family in America. Tom, whose talents include forgery and impersonating voices, charms his way into the lives of Dickie and his girlfriend Marge (Gwyneth Paltrow), where he experiences first hand how the other half lives. Tom's immediate attraction to Dickie makes apparent his desire to be anyone but himself, and as the friendship develops, his true character begins to emerge. As Dickie grows tired and suspicious of his new acquaintance, Tom sees his new life slipping away. Unwilling to return to his old lifestyle, he takes extreme measures in order to ensure his place in the privileged world that he has grown to love. Establishing an intricate web of lies, Tom himself seems to forget what is real and what is not.

Plot Keywords:

1950s | Based On A Novel | Italy | Murder | Sex | Theatrical Release | Thriller

Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release date: December 1999.
  • THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY was shot throughout Italy, as well as in New York City, following six months of scouting locations.
  • The film is a remake of Rene Clement's PURPLE NOON.
  • The role of Meredith was expanded after Minghella met with Cate Blanchett, who was willing to take a small part because she was a fan of Minghella's TRULY, MADLY, DEEPLY.
  • Patricia Highsmith's novels have been the basis for several films, including STRANGERS ON A TRAIN by Alfred Hitchcock.

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Rating 4.5 One of the rare occasions where the movie surpasses the book... Movie Lover: from WILMINGTON, DE US -- January, 31, 2015

By tweaking some of the characters & settings from Patricia Highsmith's novel, Minghella makes a truly gripping and intense thriller from a so-so book. The settings and locations are absolutely gorgeous. A beautiful score helps! And the performances from the cast are uniformly excellent, anchored by one of the greatest performances in Matt Damon's career so far in the title role. We see Tom Ripley at the beginning of his career, and even though he is doing patently awful, heinous things, you can't help but be sympathetic to a man who is such damaged goods. At the end of the film we see a man trapped in a hell of his own making.


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