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Purple Noon (1960)

Plein soleil (original title)
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Tom Ripley is a talented mimic, moocher, forger and all-around criminal improviser; but there's more to Tom Ripley than even he can guess.

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René Clément

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Patricia Highsmith (novel), René Clément (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Alain Delon ... Tom Ripley
Marie Laforêt ... Marge Duval (as Marie Laforet)
Maurice Ronet ... Philippe Greenleaf
Erno Crisa ... Inspector Ricordi
Frank Latimore ... O'Brien
Billy Kearns Billy Kearns ... Freddy Miles (as Bill Kearns)
Ave Ninchi ... Signora Gianna
Viviane Chantel Viviane Chantel ... The Belgian lady
Nerio Bernardi ... Agency Director
Barbel Fanger Barbel Fanger
Lily Romanelli Lily Romanelli ... Housekeeper
Nicolas Petrov Nicolas Petrov ... Boris
Elvire Popesco ... Mrs. Popova
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Tom Ripley is sent to Europe by Mr. Greenleaf to fetch his spoiled, playboy son, Philippe, and bring him back home to the States. In return, Tom will receive $5,000. Philippe toys with Tom, pretending he will go back home, but has no intentions of leaving his bride to be, Marge, and honoring his father's wishes. After some time passes, Mr. Greenleaf considers the mission a failure and cuts Tom off. However, he will need all his conman abilities to keep afloat. Written by Humberto Amador/Peter Brandt Nielsen

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Rated PG-13 for momentary violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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France | Italy

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Release Date:

10 March 1960 (France) See more »

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1.66 : 1
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Superior to the Minghella version
22 February 2011 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Alain Delon stars as Tom Ripley in "Purple Noon," an adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith novel "The Talented Mr. Ripley." There is another filming of the same book in 1999 starring Matt Damon, Jude Law, and Gwyneth Paltrow, which I didn't care for.

Patricia Highsmith was happy with all of this film except for the ending, which differs from her book, the first of a series. She really liked Delon as Ripley, and it's clear why. He does an excellent job as the suave, charming Tom who hides all of his amorality beneath the veil of a chiseled face and beautiful smile. Delon is one of the great matinée idols, really at the height of his fabulous looks here.

Unlike the Minghella version, which I found preposterous, this story makes more sense and becomes absolutely riveting once Ripley gets rid of his rival Philippe Greenleaf (Maurice Ronet) and steals his identity. Rene Clement is a wonderful director, and the scene in the restaurant where Tom makes sure he is overheard talking to Marge (Marie Laforet) is especially good. The camera work is excellent throughout and a little unusual.

I, too, did not care for the ending, which was not Highsmith's.

One thing i've never bought about this story is the fact that Ripley hung around the same area as Marge and Philippe's friends after becoming him. That to me was a big problem in the Minghella film, which was made worse by some dumb scenes. Though I still don't understand it, it was easier to take in this film.

Like the Minghella version, Purple Noon is glorious to look at, with a more European flavor than The Talented Mr. Ripley. Highly recommended.


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