Based on Patricia Highsmith's novel of the same name, Anthony Minghella's moody follow-up to his Oscar-winning THE ENGLISH PATIENT concerns Tom Ripley (Matt Damon), a poor New Yorker, who is sent to Italy by the wealthy Mr. Greenleaf in order to bring back his spoiled son, Dickie (an Oscar-nominated Jude Law). Once in Italy, Tom charms his way into the home of Dickie and his girlfriend Marge (Gwyneth Paltrow), where he begins to get a taste of wealthy living. When Tom begins to wear out his welcome, he takes drastic actions to ensure that he will never have to return to the life that he left behind.
Roy Walker - PRODUCTION DESIGNER
Gwyneth Paltrow - Oscar Winning Actress, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
James Rebhorn - Supporting Actor
Sergio Rubini - Italian Director/Actor
Cate Blanchett - Australian Actress
Anthony Minghella - Playwright/Screenwriter/Director
Tom Sternberg - Producer
Patricia Highsmith - Novelist - "Ripley's Game"
Jude Law - British Actor, WILDE (1997)
Celia Weston - American Actress
Matt Damon - American actor, screenwriter, GOOD WILL HUNTING (1997)
Philip Baker Hall - Supporting Actor
John Seale - Director Of Photography, POSEIDON (2006)
Walter Murch - Editor, JARHEAD (2005)
Jack Davenport - British actor, THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY, SWINGTOWN
Gary Jones - Costume Designer, JUST MY LUCK (2006)
Gabriel Yared - Film composer
William Horberg - Producer
Philip Seymour Hoffman - Oscar-winning actor, CAPOTE, DOUBT
Philip S. Hoffman - Oscar-winning actor, CAPOTE, DOUBT
Ann Roth - Costume Designer
Sydney Pollack - American Director, producer, actor
Set against a luxurious Italian backdrop, Anthony Minghella's suspenseful film follows Tom Ripley (Matt Damon), a young New York men's room attendant, who is befriended by the father of a spoiled playboy, Dickie Greenleaf (Jude Law). Dickie's father sends Tom to track down his wayward son in Venice and return him to his family in America. Tom, whose talents include forgery and impersonating voices, charms his way into the lives of Dickie and his girlfriend Marge (Gwyneth Paltrow), where he experiences first hand how the other half lives. Tom's immediate attraction to Dickie makes apparent his desire to be anyone but himself, and as the friendship develops, his true character begins to emerge. As Dickie grows tired and suspicious of his new acquaintance, Tom sees his new life slipping away. Unwilling to return to his old lifestyle, he takes extreme measures in order to ensure his place in the privileged world that he has grown to love. Establishing an intricate web of lies, Tom himself seems to forget what is real and what is not.
Theatrical release date: December 1999. THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY was shot throughout Italy, as well as in New York City, following six months of scouting locations. The film is a remake of Rene Clement's PURPLE NOON. The role of Meredith was expanded after Minghella met with Cate Blanchett, who was willing to take a small part because she was a fan of Minghella's TRULY, MADLY, DEEPLY. Patricia Highsmith's novels have been the basis for several films, including STRANGERS ON A TRAIN by Alfred Hitchcock.
"...[An] intoxicating and involving tale of intrigue and crime..." Variety, p.105-12
"...Visually impressive....It's difficult to think of a better cast..." -- 4 out of 5 stars - 03/01/2000 Total Film, p.72
"...Gorgeous young swells....A soundtrack and cinematography as rich as crème de menthe..." - Rating: B+ - 06/30/2000 Entertainment Weekly, p.109
"...The performances here are stunning, with on-the-money turns by supporting actors Philip Seymour Hoffman...and Cate Blanchett..." - 02/01/2000 Box Office, p.57
"...A significant plot twist suddenly changes a heated psychological thriller into a low-key cat-and-mouse thriller....This overall better rendering coasts on the momentum of a terrific lead-in..." - 12/22/1999 USA Today, p.8D
"...A wonderfully accomplished work....A beautifully mounted and directed film..." - 12/24/1999 Los Angeles Times, p.C2
"Cate Blanchett and Philip Seymour Hoffman provide great color in character roles." - 07/01/2004 Premiere, p.116
Mr. Damon gives a remarkable performance as the endlessly needy and mendacious Tom Ripley, and hes surrounded by a splendid cast... - 09/18/2009 Wall Street Journal