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  • Actors: Alain Delon, Maurice Ronet, Marie Laforet, Elvire Popesco, Erno Crisaa
  • Directors: René Clément
  • Producers: Raymond Hakim, Robert Hakim
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Optimum Home Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Aug. 2004
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002HSDSM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,480 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Pre-New Wave French film noir thriller directed by René Clément, based on the novel 'The Talented Mr Ripley' by Patricia Highsmith and shot on the warm and glowing Mediterranean coast. Alain Delon stars in his debut leading role as Tom Ripley, a young American who is paid by the wealthy Greenleaf family to travel to Europe to persuade his friend, errant playboy Philip Greenleaf (Maurice Ronet), to return to the family home in San Francisco. When he gets there, Tom discovers that Philip has it all - including a beautiful fiancée, Marge (Marie Laforet) - and begins to covet his luxurious lifestyle. Philip, initially amused by Tom's arrival, soon tires of him, and as Tom begins to find himself excluded from Philip's coterie, his envy takes a murderous turn. Highsmith's novel was later adapted by Hollywood as 'The Talented Mr Ripley' (1999) starring Matt Damon, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mr. I. K. Perry on 6 Sept. 2003
Format: VHS Tape
This is the original and best version of The talented Mr Ripley.
Alain Delon is far more believable then Matt Damon as the smooth talking, manipulatve, psychopathic killer,who gets a taste of the good life and doesn't want it to end. This film has a differant ending from the original book by patricia highsmith and the 1999 remake and with a running time of 113 minutes there is little room for padding. The cinematography and Italian settings only add to the sence of menace. This is probably one of French Director Rene clements(forbidden games) best films.
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Sept. 2004
Format: DVD
The film is a very interesting (if not entirely faithful) adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's novel 'The Talented Mr. Ripley'. As for the DVD, however, it is a bit of a mixed bag. Although watchable, the print exhibits a large number of faults, including scratches and occasionally heavy grain. However, these faults are also apparent on the previously-released R1 disc (under the English title 'Purple Noon'), suggesting that the film will not look any better without a proper remastering. Both the R1 and R2 discs are presented in their original 1.66:1 ratio, but unlike the R1 disc, this R2 DVD is anamorphic. The disc also includes the theatrical trailer, missing on the R1.
However, this disc also lacks some features. The R2 disc only contains the original French soundtrack (the best way to watch the film, in my opinion), while the R1 disc contains this track as well as an English dub, for those who do not like reading the subtitled translation. On that topic, the R1 has removable subtitles (reportedly in a nasty yellow font, though!), while the English subtitles on the R2 are fixed. The subtitles appear to have been digitally created for this DVD, and are very clear and defined (if a little big) but some viewers may be disappointed that they cannot be removed from the image.
In conclusion, this is the best release of the film yet on DVD in terms of picture and sound quality, despite still being a bit disappointing. Unless you cannot stand to watch the film in its original language, or do not like fixed subtitles, this is the version to get.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 22 Jan. 2009
Format: DVD
Admit it. At feeding time wouldn't we rather be the snake than the mouse? Even though we might be revolted by the snake's single-minded swallowing, without benefit of a knife and fork, don't we merely shiver a bit and keep watching?

Tom Ripley enjoys a good meal, too. He wants all the good things in life. He doesn't mind causing a little death now and then to get them and to keep them. He takes exception to being looked down upon. Along with Ripley's charm, good nature, easy manners and handsome looks, he has a complete lack of conscience, which combines well with his desire to enjoy what others have.

Patricia Highsmith's intelligent thriller, The Talented Mr. Ripley, first introduced us to Tom. He was poor then but willing to be rich. He was the order-taking, money-holding, envious hanger-on to an over-bearing, arrogant rich young man about his own age. The death of this man, plus a spot of impersonation and forgery, some quick thinking and resourcefulness, put Tom on his path to riches. Of course, it was Tom who did the deed to his friend. Forty minutes into Plein Soleil and Tom Ripley is on his way.

Rene Clement's Plein Soleil (Purple Noon), with an incredibly young and handsome Alain Delon as Tom Ripley, was the first filming of Tom's murderous and successful career. In time we also came to know Tom in Wim Wenders' The American Friend (Ripley's Game) in 1977 with Dennis Hopper as Tom; Anthony Minghella's version of The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), with Matt Damon as Tom, then Liliana Cavani's Ripley's Game in 2002 with John Malkovich as Tom. They all are fine in their own satisfyingly nasty ways, although Wim Wenders' version owes more to Wenders than to Highsmith, and Dennis Hopper as Tom is, in my opinion, a stretch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dra on 11 Aug. 2013
Format: DVD
39 years before the Matt Damon-Jude Law adaptation, Patricia Highsmith's The Talented Mr Ripley was filmed, in French, with Alain Delon as Tom Ripley. This version dispenses with the set up of Ripley being commissioned by Greenleaf's father to find his missing son, and simply begins with Tom and Philippe (not Dickie) Greenleaf (Maurice Ronet) on a drunken spree in Rome. Tom demonstrates his skill for copying handwriting as a party trick, and the pair buy the cane from a blind man and pick up a temporarily prim tourist for what very nearly becomes a three-way in the back of a horse-drawn carriage. Back in preposterously picturesque Mongibello, Philippe's fiancé Marge (Marie Laforet) is not impressed, but allows Tom to join the couple on their yacht. Tom snoops and yearns; Philippe semi-accidentally casts him adrift in a dinghy, and later throws Marge's manuscript overboard after an argument. Marge finally takes her suitcase full of fetching stripy one piece swimsuits and asks to be put ashore, setting the scene for Tom to tantalise Philippe by telling him how he'd kill him and assume his identity order to spend his fortune, and then go through with the plan. Tom has to avoid detection by various mutual acquaintances, including the odious Freddy (Bill Kearns, making an equally strong impression as P. S. Hoffmann in the remake), resume his own identity, and eventually win over Marge, who has decided, despite all evidence to the contrary, that the missing Philippe wasn't all bad.

I thoroughly enjoyed Plein Soleil, and not at all in that working through the canon, only 654 more films to watch before I die sort of way. (1001 Films... has an interestingly diverse list, by an impressive range of critics. I actually haven't counted the films I've seen, yet.
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