The Talented Mr Ripley

The Talented Mr Ripley

Anthony Minghella (1999)

142min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Director Anthony Minghella followed his award-winning The English Patient with this absorbing thriller, based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith which introduced the sociopathic antihero who would go to feature in four further books. Matt Damon plays Ripley, a young opportunist who seeks out Dickie Greenleaf (Oscar-nominated Jude Law), an American playboy living it up in Europe. Ripley establishes a friendship with Dickie, but gradually comes to envy the carefree lifestyle he shares with his glamorous girlfriend (Gwyneth Paltrow). Minghella's classy direction and the superior cast make this never less than compelling.

Summary

A man agrees to travel to Italy and persuade a businessman's spoiled son to return home. Before long he develops a taste for the high life, and decides to get in on the action - first by befriending the rich and beautiful people, and then by taking the drastic measure of assuming his new-found friend's identity. Anthony Minghella's thriller, starring Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and Cate Blanchett.

Cast & Crew

Tom Ripley Matt Damon
Marge Sherwood Gwyneth Paltrow
Dickie Greenleaf Jude Law
Meredith Logue Cate Blanchett
Freddie Miles Philip Seymour Hoffman
Peter Smith-Kingsley Jack Davenport
Herbert Greenleaf James Rebhorn
Emily Greenleaf Lisa Eichhorn
Inspector Roverini Sergio Rubini
Alvin MacCarron Philip Baker Hall
Director Anthony Minghella
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Buena VistaGuidance: Violence, swearing, brief nudity.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 25 Feb 2000
Drama