Ripley's Game

Ripley's Game

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Director: Liliana Cavani

Cast: John Malkovich, Dougray Scott, Ray Winstone

     
 

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Liliana Cavani directs John Malkovich in the big-screen adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's Ripley's Game. The film comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Stereo Surround Sound. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. There are no…  See more details below

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Liliana Cavani directs John Malkovich in the big-screen adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's Ripley's Game. The film comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Stereo Surround Sound. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, but the transfer is first-rate, making this disc worthwhile for those who missed this intriguing film during its initial North American screenings on the Independent Film Channel.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
In this intricate and intelligent thriller, John Malkovich exudes oily charm as novelist Patricia Highsmith's psychopathic antihero Ripley, who was last brought to the screen by Matt Damon in The Talented Mr. Ripley. As the story opens, Ripley is a middle-aged aesthete living in Italy, accustomed to the trappings of wealth after enjoying a colorful career as con artist and hit man. When an old associate (Ray Winstone) asks him to assassinate a rival from the Russian Mafia, the reluctant Ripley persuades a terminally ill British family man (Dougray Scott) to do the killing. The hit leads to further complications, and the old pro eventually gets sucked into a vortex of violence. Director Liliana Cavani updates Highsmith's 1974 novel to the present day and elicits from Malkovich a multifaceted performance that makes an unlikable character oddly endearing. The acting is superb all across the board, in fact, yet Ripley's Game impresses mostly on the strength of its plotting, which has the effect of a snowball rolling downhill. At first, Ripley believes he can avoid getting his hands dirty by using a dying man as his cat's-paw; but when things start going wrong, they do so with escalating speed and complexity. A theatrical hit overseas -- but virtually unseen in American theaters -- Ripley's Game is far more imaginative and compelling than the cookie-cutter thrillers that parade across our screens these days.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/30/2004
UPC:
0794043695421
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
R
Source:
New Line Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:50:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Malkovich Tom Ripley
Dougray Scott Jonathan Trevanny
Ray Winstone Reeves
Lena Headey Sarah Trevanny
Chiara Caselli Luisa

Technical Credits
Liliana Cavani Director,Screenwriter
Simon Bosanquet Producer
Fabrizio Castellani Asst. Director
Marco Chimenz Executive Producer
Alfio Contini Cinematographer
Fotini Dimou Costumes/Costume Designer
Francesco Frigeri Production Designer
Camela Galano Executive Producer
Jon Harris Editor
Ileen Maisel Producer
Rolf Mittweg Executive Producer
Verde Visconte Di Modrone Set Decoration/Design
Ennio Morricone Score Composer
Mark Ordesky Executive Producer
John Rodda Sound/Sound Designer
Mary Selway Casting
Brian Simmons Sound/Sound Designer
Russ Smith Executive Producer
Riccardo Tozzi Producer
Eriprando Visconti Consultant/advisor
Verde Visconti Consultant/advisor
Patricia Highsmith Source Author

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Sketchy Deal [7:17]
2. Rare Gifts/Main Titles [3:57]
3. "Local Personality" [3:12]
4. A Cook's Tour [4:38]
5. Framing an Assassin [5:30]
6. At What Price? [6:18]
7. Life or Death [3:23]
8. Turning Over [1:35]
9. Marked Man [4:50]
10. Vim and Vigor [3:41]
11. More Than Enough [4:17]
12. Strings and Wires [:40]
13. A Train Killer [4:37]
14. To Lack a Conscience [10:35]
15. Out of Excuses [3:32]
16. Keys to Happiness [3:23]
17. Seeking Refuge [2:00]
18. A Family Matter [4:45]
19. Setting the Trap [1:43]
20. Home Invasion [5:30]
21. "Two Civilized People" [8:06]
22. Nothing Personal [6:45]
23. End Credits [6:19]

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Ripley's Game 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Elegant was the word TVGuide channel used to describe this. I agree. Malkovich is low key like pretty much always, & although Patricia Highsmith's novel dates from the Summer Of Love, what has been updated is well done. Ray Winstone is, as usual, excellent, & Dougray Scott is fine as the leukemia-ridden Jonathan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tom Ripley is back, this time in the person of John Malkovich. The Highsmith-devoted purist in me finds him too sinister to be Ripley as she imagines him in her books; but he is far closer to the mark (and better) than the miscast Matt Damon who came chained to someone's moronic notion that Ripley can't be simply, finally, a psychopath but must be homosexual (note to screenwriter--grow a brain). Alain Delon may remain the closest thing to Ripley in celluloid, but Malkovich is mighty fine.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I must admit this movie with John Malkovich was good casting..also. Matt was not bad although I did like Alain Delon.. he captured my persona quite good. By the way Ripleys Game(love that title) was in fact a remake of another movie called My American Freind same plot I believe.. but with Dennis Hopper as Tom Ripley... have to see that movie to see how Dennis portrayed me.. To use a familar tagline at the end of the bond movies.. Bond will return.. so I say Ripley will return.. hmmm i feel a franchise in the works..