Talented Mr. Ripley

Talented Mr. Ripley

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Director: Anthony Minghella

Cast: Anthony Minghella, Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law

     
 

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After the Oscar-winning The English Patient, writer/director Anthony Minghella attempted another tricky literary adaptation with The Talented Mr. Ripley, which features heartthrob Matt Damon cast against type as a psychopathic bisexual murderer. Tom Ripley (Damon) is a bright and charismatic sociopath who makes his way in mid-'50s New York City as aSee more details below

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After the Oscar-winning The English Patient, writer/director Anthony Minghella attempted another tricky literary adaptation with The Talented Mr. Ripley, which features heartthrob Matt Damon cast against type as a psychopathic bisexual murderer. Tom Ripley (Damon) is a bright and charismatic sociopath who makes his way in mid-'50s New York City as a men's room attendant and sometimes pianist, though his real skill is in impersonating other people, forging handwriting, and running second-rate scams. After being mistaken for a Princeton student, Tom meets the shipping tycoon father of Dickie Greenleaf (Jude Law), who has traveled to the coast of Italy, where he's living a carefree life with his father's money and his beautiful girlfriend, Marge (Gwyneth Paltrow). Dickie's father will pay Ripley 1,000 dollars plus his expenses if he can persuade Dickie to return to America. As Ripley and Dickie become friends, Tom finds himself both attracted to Dickie and envious of his life of pleasure. In time, he decides that he would rather be Dickie Greenleaf than Tom Ripley, so rather than go back to his life of poverty, Ripley impulsively murders Dickie and assumes his identity. The Talented Mr. Ripley was based on the first of a series of novels featuring Tom Ripley written by Patricia Highsmith; the story was previously filmed in 1960 as Purple Noon, with Alain Delon as Ripley.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
All-American boy Matt Damon reveals his dark side in this stylish adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's landmark novel of suspense. Director Anthony Minghella (The English Patient) casts Damon against type as impoverished, social-climbing sociopath Tom Ripley with surprisingly effective results. Mistaken for a college chum of expatriate playboy Dickie Greenleaf (Jude Law), Ripley is dispatched to Italy by the young man's parents to bring home their wayward son. There Ripley's identity crisis assumes deadly proportions as he becomes infatuated with the dazzlingly handsome Dickie and intoxicated by the glamorous, carefree lifestyle Dickie shares with his adoring fiancée (Gwyneth Paltrow). Minghella establishes the plot leisurely, allowing the audience to luxuriate in a sumptuous, 1950s Italy straight out of Fellini's La Dolce Vita, as the suspense steadily builds. The real accomplishment of the film, though, is the way it engenders empathy for the murderous, amoral Ripley. His yearnings (and closeted homosexuality) are made palpable and painful; anyone who has ever envied the rich and the beautiful will find that The Talented Mr. Ripley cuts like a knife.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Mixing glamour and pathology, Anthony Minghella's rendition of the Patricia Highsmith novel The Talented Mr. Ripley presents a visually alluring backdrop and a view of the decadent rich that almost justifies the eponymous villain's heinous acts. Shooting on location in Italy, Minghella revels in the seductive effect of socialite Dickie Greenleaf's dolce vita, from the hothouse atmosphere of Italian jazz clubs to the deluxe coastal villa and sailboat; however, the snobberies and carelessness of the wealthy reveal the rotten core beneath the lustrous existence to which Tom Ripley aspires. Matt Damon plays off his fresh-faced looks to make Tom a creepy and ephemeral, yet eerily sympathetic, sociopath. Philip Seymour Hoffman and Cate Blanchett are pitch-perfect as, respectively, a boorish skeptic and Tom's most innocent dupe, and Jude Law turns in a star-making performance as the heartlessly charismatic aristocrat who becomes the focal point of Tom's many desires. Despite strong reviews to go with its artistic pedigree, The Talented Mr. Ripley picked up Oscar nominations only for best costumes, art direction, and score to go with nods for Minghella's adapted screenplay and Law's performance.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2013
UPC:
0883929305162
Original Release:
1999
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Sales rank:
17,256

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Matt Damon Tom Ripley
Gwyneth Paltrow Marge Sherwood
Jude Law Dickie Greenleaf
Cate Blanchett Meredith Logue
Philip Seymour Hoffman Freddie Miles
Jack Davenport Peter Smith-Kingsley
James Rebhorn Herbert Greenleaf
Sergio Rubini Inspector Roverini
Philip Baker Hall Alvin MacCarron
Lisa Eichhorn Emily Greenleaf
Alessandro Fabrizi Sergeant Baggio
Rosario Fiorello Fausto
Anna Longhi Signora Buffi
Ivano Marescotti Superintendent Verrecchia
Stefania Rocca Silvania
Celia Weston Aunt Joan

Technical Credits
Anthony Minghella Director,Screenwriter
Stefano M. Ortolani Art Director
John Seale Cinematographer
Gary Jones Costumes/Costume Designer
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
Roy Walker Production Designer
Gabriel Yared Score Composer
Bruno Cesari Set Decoration/Design
Patricia Highsmith Source Author
Steve Andrews Associate Producer,Asst. Director
David Rubin Casting
Paul Zaentz Co-producer
Walter Murch Editor
Sydney Pollack Executive Producer
Graham Walker Musical Direction/Supervision
William Horberg Producer
Tom Sternberg Producer
Pat Jackson Sound Editor
Ivan Sharrock Sound/Sound Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Borrowed Jacket
2. Partners in Disguise
3. Coincidence
4. Three Talents of Tom Ripley
5. "Bird"
6. Double Agent
7. Mysterious Mr. Ripley
8. Sightseeing
9. A Corduroy Jacket in Italy
10. Festival of Madonna
11. Confession
12. San Remo
13. Apology
14. New Beginning
15. Evening at the Opera
16. Chance Meeting
17. So Bourgeois
18. Police Inquiry
19. Tom's Return
20. Dickie's Letter
21. Friendship
22. Suspicion
23. Silent Promise
24. A Fake Somebody, a Real Nobody
25. End Credits

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