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The talented Mister Ripley
(The mysterious yearning secretive sad lonely troubled confused loving musical gifted intelligent beautiful tender sensitive haunted passionate talented Mr Ripley)

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Movie propaganda

It's better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody.

That's how working class struggler, Tom Ripley (Matt Damon), feels. So when wealthy shipping magnate Herbert Greenleaf (James Rebhorn) mistakes him for an Ivy League classmate of his son, Dickie (Jude Law), Tom allows him to believe it. Dickie's father then has a proposal for Tom: bring his wild playboy son back from southern Italy and he will be paid handsomely. It is an offer someone like Tom could not refuse. And so the wheels of deception start rolling.

Tom finds and befriends Dickie and his gorgeous girlfriend, Marge (Gwyneth Paltrow) who are unaware of his false identity or his motives... and they also never suspect the dangerous extremes to which Ripley will go, to make their lifestyle his own.

Theatrical propaganda posters

The talented Mr Ripley theatrical one sheet image

Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film drama thriller impersonate identity theft Italy playboy rich wealthy

Persons of interest

  • Matt Damon .... Tom Ripley
  • Gwyneth Paltrow .... Marge Sherwood
  • Jude Law .... Dickie Greenleaf
  • Cate Blanchett .... Meredith Logue
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman .... Freddie Miles
  • Jack Davenport .... Peter Smith-Kingsley
  • James Rebhorn .... Herbert Greenleaf
  • Sergio Rubini .... Inspector Roverini
  • Philip Baker Hall .... Alvin MacCarron
  • Celia Weston .... Aunt Joan
  • Fiorello .... Fausto
  • Stefania Rocca .... Silvana
  • Ivano Marescotti .... Colonnello Verrecchia
  • Anna Longhi .... Signora Buffi
  • Alessandro Fabrizi .... Sergeant Baggio
  • Lisa Eichhorn .... Emily Greenleaf
  • Gretchen Egolf .... Fran
  • Patricia Highsmith .... Author
  • Anthony Minghella .... Screenwriter
  • Anthony Minghella .... Director

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Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

The spooky Mister Damon.

As a Fatal attraction kind of film, The talented Mister Ripley is good. It draws you into an unhealthy obsession and makes you want the same things that Tom wants: the wealth, the clothes, the contacts, the lifestyle. Then it scares you with the depth of his obsession, as much as you want Tom to get away with his impersonation you want him to stop before it all goes too far.

As the wheel turns and Tom's schemes become more and more complex, there is an ever increasing sense of doom that lours over his head. Each new plot becomes a step toward some dark fate, each lie, each manipulation buries him deeper and deeper. You know there'll be tears before bedtime.

Matt gives an extremely sympathetic performance, even when he's fetishising Dickie or manipulating Marge or betraying Meredith. The attraction for the life his character can never have is always there, in his eyes, you can see the schemes and plots being hatched and nurtured at every turn. Matt is under Tom's skin all the way.

Jude does the upper class thing that he does so well, taking the dark side of Dickie completely in his stride. He is a self-centred, hedonistic, uncaring and completely attractive chap, one with whom Tom has no choice but to fall in love. Marge is less well drawn, but Gwyneth manages an air of worldly naïveté that carries her through. Cate's poor little obscenely rich girl is a gushing delight, the perfect contrast to Gwyneth's passivity and Jude's ennui.

The talented Mister Ripley is the type of film you'll watch over and over just to enjoy the delicious sense of being pulled into something you desperately need but can't control. Like a roller coaster, there's nothing you can do but hang on until the end.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 surround
  • Features:
    • Biographies: Cast and crew
    • Featurette: Inside "The talented Mr Ripley"
    • Making of the soundtrack
    • Music clips:
      • My funny valentine
      • Tuo vu fa l'Americano
  • Picture: Widescreen
  • Subtitles
  • Trailers: Theatrical

Security censorship classification

M (Medium level violence, adult themes, low level coarse language)

Surveillance time

133 minutes (2:13 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD retail: 14 March 2001
DVD retail: 10 April 2002
VHS retail: 10 April 2002

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