The Talented Mr. Ripley

Drama | English | 139 minutes

Info

When rich industrialist Herbert Greenleaf notices that Tom Ripley, the piano player at a cocktail party he’s hosting, is wearing a Princeton jacket, he has an idea: offer Tom $1,000 plus all expenses to go to Italy and convince Greenleaf’s philandering son, Dickie, to return to the United States. What Greenleaf doesn’t know is that Tom is a fraud. He never went to Princeton. His real job is being a washroom attendant. So, of course, Tom readily accepts the offer. Tom hooks up with Dickie and his girlfriend Marge sunbathing at a luscious Italian seaside resort. Dickie, of course, doesn’t remember Tom from Princeton. But the relationship continues and the deceptions become  dangerous for both Tom and Dickie. As Sir Walter Scott wrote, “Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.”  That’s what The Talented Mr. Ripley is all about. 

Cast
Matt Damon (Tom Ripley) / Jude Law (Dickie Greenleaf) / Gwyneth Paltrow (Marge Sherwood) / James Rebhorn (Herbert Greenleaf)
Why Stream This Film?
With The Talented Mr. Ripley and The English Patient, Anthony Minghella was regarded by many film critics to be a superb talent, perhaps even a successor to the great Alfred Hitchcock.
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 84%
  • Metacritic Score: 76
Accolades
  • Academy Awards: Nominated, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Jude Law); Best Screenplay (Anthony Minghella); Best Original Score (Gabriel Yared)
  • Golden Globe Awards: Nominated, Best Motion Picture- Drama; Best Director (Anthony Minghella); Best Actor (Matt Damon); Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Jude Law)
  • BAFTA: Winner, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Jude Law)
  • National Board of Review: Winner, Best Director (Anthony Minghella); Best Supporting Actor (Philip Seymour Hoffman)
The sumptuous production, eclectic score, grand performances and engrossing moments of suspense make RIPLEY one of the year’s finer offerings.
David Germain

Associated Press

Mr. Minghella now establishes that his Oscar-winning triumph  was no fluke. His hypnotic, sensually charged adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s fascinatingly reptilian murder story has the same kind of complex allure that made THE ENGLISH PATIENT so mesmerizing.
Janet Maslin

The New York Times

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