The Talented Mr. Ripley 1999

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Tom Ripley is a poor New Yorker sent to Italy by Mr Greenleaf to bring back his spoiled son, Dickie. Tom worms his way into the home of Dickie and girlfriend Marge, and he soon gets a taste of the high life.

Starring:
Matt Damon, Jude Law
Runtime:
2 hours 13 minutes

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The Talented Mr. Ripley

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller
Director Anthony Minghella
Starring Matt Damon, Jude Law
Supporting actors Cate Blanchett, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jack Davenport, Philip Seymour Hoffman, James Rebhorn, Sergio Rubini, Philip Baker Hall, Celia Weston
Studio Studiocanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Stevens on 2 Dec 2003
Format: VHS Tape
I think most people would agree that MOST movies-made-from-books don't even come close to the books themselves. Orders of events are changed, minor characters are deleted, even entire sections of the plots are left out for "artistic reasons" (or simply because it costs too much to include them in the film). If you're lucky, you see the movie and THEN read the book; otherwise, you're left utterly disappointed.
Well, I read "The Talented Mr. Ripley" before seeing it on video. And I was hesitant about seeing the movie, as the book was incredibly rich and very deep, especially in character development. I had huge doubts that the movie could do the book justice. But to my very pleasant surprise, they seemed to have pulled it off somehow.
This movie is actually almost as good as the book -- amazing!!
Matt Damon is absolutely superb as Tom Ripley. He looks like Tom, has his mannerisms, has his voice. Damon is SO successful at portraying Tom Ripley as Highsmith had written of his character in her book: A conniving, pathetic psychopath, who disgusts you but also somehow manages to make you feel sorry for him in the process. A very tough role for any actor, but Damon was excellent.
Likewise, Jude Law is wonderful at portraying the likeable extrovert Dickie Greenleaf -- a rich kid who's lazing away in Italy on Daddy's money, but who still doesn't come across as a selfish snob. Gwyneth Paltrow does a good job as hesitant Marge, who lacks self-confidence and only wants Dickie to reciprocate the devotion she has for him. My only complaint about having Paltrow in this role is that I feel she is too pretty to play Marge, as in the book Marge is a bit more homely. But still, Paltrow gets Marge's personality down pat, which is most important.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Aug 2000
Format: DVD
This is an absolutely must see film. It is haunting, and very tense. I wasn't sure that Matt Damon was the best actor for this role, but the more I've watched his performance the more I am captivated by his sociopathic portrayal of Ripley. I thought the end sequence with Peter was absolutely blood tingling - and Jack Davenport (from the BBC's This Life) adds marvellous support to a top notch cast. The extras on this DVD are incredible. Minghella's academic commentary is excellent. For example, I wasn't aware that Cate Blanchett's character wasn't in the book, so now I've got to read Patricia Highsmith's novel! And the way Minghella informs how he condensed the first 40 pages of the novel into 4 pages of script, to produce a wonderful prologue to his film, demonstrates his excellence as a screenwriter and director. The cast interviews are worth buying the DVD for alone. Overall, this is an excellent format that truly offers value for money - and Mr Ripley is one of the most haunting films I have seen for years, and can now see time and time again.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Bracey on 16 Sep 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Nothing more really needs to be said about the film itself - it's just a beautiful piece of work. Technically, the Blu-Ray is certainly an improvement over the DVD but don't expect visual revelations. It's not a vintage film - although tries to capture that feeling - and I find the picture quality slightly disappointing. There are ways to get that old feel without compromising the definition (one good example is Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy which perfectly captures that old film stock look with its characteristic muted colour palette). But Ripley is just downright grainy. But don't let that detract from the main point, which shines through - it is just a wonderful movie; beautifully shot with compelling performances and it successfully (for me at least) evokes the time and places in which it is set.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jay on 22 May 2007
Format: DVD
The Talented Mr Ripley is an unusual film, an eerie tale of jealousy, violence, loneliness, and desperation. Tom Ripley is a man who has, in his own mind, no self worth, no identity, and no substance. His ideas of life and existence depend on how he is perceived by others, and when that is no longer good enough..... Matt Damon is superb as the shy, self effacing Tom Ripley, an outwardly timid, unassuming man who shows little sign of what lurks beneath his pleasant front. Jude Law is also great as the vain, fickle Dickie Greenleaf, the rich boy who befriends Tom, and Gwyneth Paltrow also shines through as the loveable Marge, Dickie's girlfriend. Fans of the Patricia Highsmith novels will not be disappointed, as Anthony Minghella has superbly crafted her excellent literary prose onto the screen. This must also be one of the most skillfully shot movies of recent times, the scenery is fantastic and seldom has Italy been portrayed as such a beautiful country. This movie is definitely worth watching. It is becoming increasingly rare for movies to evoke serious emotions within the viewer, and with The Talented Mr Ripley, there are many occasions where these such emotions are aroused. A very good film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. Clarke on 2 Sep 2005
Format: DVD
I make no secret about being a fan of The Talented Mr Ripley, despite the fact that it would not usually constitute my usual movie fare. The reason being, that it is a labour of love on Anthony Minghella's part, and the attention to detail that is displayed counterbalances the film's deficiencies (of which there are more than a few, but not enough to knock off a star). It begins using the bare bones of Patricia Highsmith's source novel as a guide - 1950s Park Avenue gentility, the snobbery and preppiness of a young generation of Americans coming to terms with their role in the post-war world - but then veers off on its own tack, with Minghella's imagination contributing as much as Highsmith's book. Matt Damon is entirely believable as the somewhat nerdy pilgrim who gets sent on an errand to retrieve Dickie from his bolthole on the Amalfi coast, and shows an obsessiveness with his quarry (the Princeton yearbook, trying to like Jazz etc)which leaves us in no doubt that he is attempting the unthinkable - to transform himself from a workaday mooch into a member of the elite by any means necessary. Dickie, on the other hand, is just as flawed, being a narcissist who disposes of friends once they have served their purpose.

The early part of the film, where these two feed each other's insecurities and ambitions, is the most convincing; once Dickie meets his fate our anti-hero Ripley begins to flounder, as he goes about achieveing his materialistic aims of a luxurious lifestyle in Rome and the privilege that entails, but is thwarted at every step by unexpected old faces who interrupt him; Meredith Logue (Cate Blanchett) and the brilliant Philip Seymour Hoffman as the loathsome Freddie Miles.
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