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The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

Matt Damon , Gwyneth Paltrow , Anthony Minghella  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (621 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Cate Blanchett, Philip Seymour Hoffman
  • Directors: Anthony Minghella
  • Writers: Anthony Minghella, Patricia Highsmith
  • Producers: Alessandro von Norman, Lydia Dean Pilcher, Paul Zaentz, Steve E. Andrews, Sydney Pollack
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: June 27, 2000
  • Run Time: 139 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (621 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0792165020
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,289 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Talented Mr. Ripley" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Inside The Talented Mr. Ripley - Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
  • Exclusive cast and crew interviews
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley: The Making of the Soundtrack
  • Commentary with director Anthony Minghella
  • "Tu Vuo Fa L'Americano" Music Video
  • "My Funny Valentine" Music Video

Editorial Reviews

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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104 of 119 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HAVING IT ALL October 25, 2004
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When picking out films to see, I usually gravitate toward the "small" independent type of film usually avoiding the larger "major" productions. Thus, I avoided "the Talented Mr. Ripley" up until recently. My mistake! "The Talented Mr. Ripley" is outstanding and has, to me, everything a movie should have to make it the "complete film experience"-great script and direction, great acting, wonderful sound tract and beautiful cinematography. This film has it all!
The acting, by all of the actors, is superb. Matt Damon, as Tom Ripley is outstanding. He portrays a very complicated character believably. At no time are you aware that he is acting. This character does things that are, indeed, despicable; however, due to the acting skills of Damon, I actually liked the guy and felt deep sympathy and empathy for him and for his desire to be someone else
(I think we all have been there-at least I have-fortunately all of us don't do what Tom Ripley does, in the film, to achieve our wishes). To me the last scene of the film is fantastic and heart breaking due to Matt Damon giving a gut wrenching performance--the character Tom has finally found someone to love, and has found someone that accepts him as himself but due to past deeds and the need to keep his past hidden, he has to kill the person that could have brought him love and happiness. As usual, Jude Law, as the playboy and errant son Dickie, is awesome. He plays a cad but due to his acting skills you, like this cad. Gwenyth Platrow gives a "knock-em dead" performance, as Dickie's girlfriend starting out as a plastic rich "air-head" and ending up as the only one that really knows what has happened to Dickie when he has disappeared and becoming a completely different person because of that knowledge.
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115 of 137 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SLEEK SUSPENSE June 18, 2000
Minghella's sleek, gorgeous movie version of Patricia Highsmith's classic novel of suspense is near-perfect. The story, set in and around stunning Italian coastal hot spots, circa the 50s, remains fresh and infinitely compelling; the main character, Tom Ripley, is that fascinating mix of vulnerability and psychotic killer, much like Norman Bates in Psycho. Matt Damon does his best with this role; casting him I think was the film's one half misstep -- Damon exudes such a glamour and self-possession that it is difficult to wholly buy his insecurity, though adding more than a hint of homosexuality does much to make him more believable. The other performances, however, are riveting. Philip Seymour Hoffman is perfection as a smart, slick, obnoxious friend of Dickie's; Cate Blanchett, an added character, is engrossing, funny and heartbreaking, too; Gwenyth Paltrow, often overlooked in the reviews for this film, is spectacular in each and every scene, conveying the privilege of her class and also her near-desperate need for Dickie's love. But Jude Law emerges as a superstar in the movie -- he has the matinee-idol look of 50s stars, and does an amazing job of creating Dickie Greenleaf, that kind of shiny, sexy person, someone who has it all, with a cavalier indifference to those who love him most. The musical score is evocative and moving. The opening credits, an artistic risk, set up, with glossy, hynotic camera work, a film that will often leave you breathless. A thinking man's thriller, one that is not easy to forget.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Sociopath's Career Begins... April 6, 2005
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Patricia Highsmith's first novel of the Tom Ripley series, (five novels in all) The Talented Mr. Ripley, created an anti-hero that no one had ever seen before. The novel and film presents the story through Ripley's eyes, and even though the man is capable of terrible acts, and commits these terrible crimes relentlessly to attain his own aims, we continue to maintain sympathy for the character; we want him to get away with it, and he usually does. Anyone who has read the novel will agree that Anthony Minghella's screenplay remained faithful to the original, veering off on only a few points, however managed to achieve the same tension, disturbance and suspense, also leaving the audience wondering, after Ripley's final hideous crime, what will this sociopath do next.

The film and novel introduces the beginnings of a sociopath's career. For all we know, killing Dickie Greenleaf (Jude Law) brutally in the boat was Ripley's first crime. In the film it is almost depicted as an accident, emotions out of control, perhaps self-defence, but Mr. Ripley never acts without a goal in mind, there's purpose in his actions. In this case, coming from a lowly status in society and finally tasting the good life, was something Tom Ripley discovered he couldn't do without, thus, similar to most sociopaths, will commit any act in order to achieve their particular ends, including murder.

One of the more enjoyable aspects of this film comes from Tom Ripley's efforts to become or assume the identity of the man he has murdered. The man's talent lies in his ability to impersonate just about anybody and an amazing skill to spin a tale on his feet - he's convincing liar. Identity is the central theme of this story, but also the way in which we can re-invent ourselves from being nothing to being someone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
suspence at its best
Published 14 days ago by Jane Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very nice. Quite to my expectations.
Published 14 days ago by Michael J Silvia
2.0 out of 5 stars Predictable and convoluted. The story just insists on itself in an...
The story line meanders and hardly ever makes any point. There is no suspense. Several concepts are introduced but never followed through. So Mr. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Britta
5.0 out of 5 stars great thriller
Excellent movie. Will keep you on the edge of your seat up until the end. Superb acting. A must have for a home video library.
Published 1 month ago by donna stephens
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and Entertaining
Fairly complex plot that is executed well. Convincing performance as usual by Matt Damon. Supporting cast is also pretty impressive!
Published 1 month ago by Rashid Osmani
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent suspense, acting
The acting, scenery and Hitchcock type suspense make it worth viewing. For me personally, the only negative was that Jude Law was so perfect in his part (and at his physical best)... Read more
Published 2 months ago by diane young
5.0 out of 5 stars Ripley is as much of an interesting charactor as Jason Bourne, perhaps...
If Ripley wasn't so much of a frightened, self loathing personality you could almost see him transition to Bourne. Read more
Published 2 months ago by DWSTINSONLLC
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see
Loved this movie. It's kind of like a psychological drama. At times pretty awkward, but very worth of watching it!
Published 3 months ago by Olga
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
One of the unsung movies of all time. Matt Damon, Jude Law, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Cate Blanchett - what more do you need? Great story, excellent direction. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Cynthia A. Luzon
5.0 out of 5 stars complex and beautiful
One of my faves! Acting is amazing and scenery to die for wAtch at least 2x a week. Great purchase
Published 3 months ago by MommieDearest
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