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Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

The Talented Mr. Ripley


(out of 5)

Fantastic tribute to Alfred Hitchcock movies features a letter-perfect performance from  as the titular villain, a man whose loneliness and poverty render him useless among 1950s American aristocracy, therefore placing him (in his mind) beyond the law. Based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith (whose novel Strangers On A Train was filmed by Hitchcock), Anthony Minghella’s latest cinematic offering has Tom Ripley, a Manhattan bathroom attendant, find himself noticed by Herbert Greenleaf (), a shipyard millionaire who pays him a substantial amount of money to go to Italy and bring back his wayward son Dickie (, in a role that made him a star). Upon getting there, Tom finds himself drawn sexually and emotionally to Dickie, obsessed to the point where he wants to completely take over the young man’s life, including the relationship Dickie has with his girlfriend Marge (, who does well considering she’s stuck with being just the girl in a psychological gay murder-mystery-romance). Everything goes awry from there, and it’s all kept to a beautifully steady rhythm by Minghella’s intense pacing, plus the production values are an opulent high; Ann Roth and Gary Jones’ costumes are particularly lovely, and contribute to a terrif recreation of the period.  is a standout in a small role as an American textile princess who provides a few complications for the multilayered puzzle.  Previously filmed as Purple Noon.

Miramax, , , Timnick Films

USA, 1999

Directed by

Screenplay by Anthony Minghella, based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards:  1999

Golden Globe Awards:   1999

One comment on “The Talented Mr. Ripley

  1. Pingback: The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) | timneath

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