Saturday, November 16, 2013

The Talented Mr. Ripley

1999 American Feature

Cast: Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Cate Blanchett, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jack Davenport, James Rebhorn, Sergio Rubini, Philip Baker Hall and Celia Weston
Writer/Director: Anthony Minghella, based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith

Charming sociopath Tom Ripley maneuvers into the lush life of Dickie Greenleaf, a young heir vacationing in Italy. Hired to persuade Dickie to return to America, Tom embraces Dickie's posh lifestyle and takes extreme measures to hold onto it.


  • Internet Movie Database: 7.3/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 83% / Audience: 75%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 76% / Audience: 7.5%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available


  • Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor (Law), Adapted Screenplay, Art Direction, Costume Design and Original Score.
  • BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor (Law); also nominated for Best Film, Director, Supporting Actress (Blanchett), Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography and Film Music.
  • Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Score; also nominated for Best Picture.
  • Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Motion Picture - Drama, Director, Actor - Drama (Damon), Supporting Actor (Law) and Original Score.
  • National Board of Review Awards for Best Director and Supporting Actor (Hoffman).
  • Writers Guild of America Award nomination for Adapted Screenplay.

  • Patricia Highsmith's 1955 novel The Talented Mr. Ripley first introduced the character of Tom Ripley, who returned in her subsequent novels Ripley Under Ground, Ripley's Game, The Boy Who Followed Ripley and Ripley Under Water. The five novels are known collectively as the "Ripliad".
  • The novel was previously adapted for film in 1960 as Purple Noon (Plein soleil) starring Alain Delon as Tom Ripley.
  • Tom Ripley has also been played by Dennis Hopper in The American Friend (1977), John Malkovich in Ripley's Game (2002) and Barry Pepper in Ripley Under Ground (2005).
  • Casting Call: Christian Bale, Tom Cruise and Leonardo DiCaprio.
  • The opera seen in the film is Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin. The title character in the opera is, like Tom Ripley, an attractive, charismatic and clever young man who aspires to be accepted by people of a higher social standing.
  • Tom kills one of his victims with a bust of Roman emperor Hadrian.

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