USA Today - 06/28/1996
"...[A] sensual suspense picture..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars
Entertainment Weekly - 07/19/1996
"...Oozes enjoyable kinkiness through every pore of its decadently sunstruck Eastman color film stock..." -- Rating: B+
Los Angeles Times - 06/28/1996
"...Clearly a classic of psychological suspense....PURPLE NOON belongs to Delon....His catlike grace, aura of danger, lonely vulnerability and sexual magnetism make him a most compelling antihero..."
Premiere - 07/01/2004
"[S]uspenseful, scenic, cynical, and eminently watchable."
Uncut - 09/01/2004
"Directed at mercilessly cool, wickedly tense pace by Rene Clement....Alain Delon has never looked so much like a saint made of ice."
A.V. Club - 12/19/2012
"PURPLE NOON is as sinister and amoral as the darkest crime thriller -- that it looks like a travelogue makes it all the more unnerving."
Sight and Sound - 02/01/2013
"PURPLE NOON gives us Highsmith's story without frills....Clement is careful not to take pleasure in Tom's plotting and maneuvering after he goes on the lam."
Total Film - 08/28/2013
"[T]he result is as seductive as it is suspenseful: a bracing study of amorality."
Sent to Italy to retrieve Philip, an American industrialist's wayward son, Tom Ripley, a charming young man whose social skills allow him to insinuate himself into most any situation, finds his target and gets seduced by Philip and his decadent lifestyle. Deciding to take Philip's father's money as far as it will go, Tom begins to make himself a part of Philip's circle of privileged friends in Europe. However, when Tom's money is cut off and Philip begins to tire of his company, Tom resorts to desperate measures to retain his new lifestyle. An acclaimed adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's 1955 novel THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY.
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment:
Filled with suspense, PURPLE NOON is the critically acclaimed thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat! A handsome, wealthy bachelor has a sexy girlfriend and all the finest things money can buy. His envious friend, on the other hand, has nothing but his charm, good looks ... and a wickedly sinister plot to take over the rich man's life! Tensions mount as this deadly game unfolds and the murderer struggles to stay one step ahead of the police -- and the ever-growing suspicions of the dead man's friends! Prepare yourself for PURPLE NOON, a shocking story of betrayal, murder, and stolen identity in a world where nothing is as it seems!
Based On A Novel |
Switching Roles |
Theatrical Release |
Color by Eastmancolor.
Re-released theatrically in the USA June 1996.
Presented by Martin Scorsese and Miramax Zoe.
The film was originally released in the USA August 31, 1961.
Distributed in France by CCFC.
Additional cast: Elvira Popesco (Mme. Popova), Bill Kearns (Freddy), Ave Ninchi (Signora Gianna), and Vivane Chantel (La Belge)