The Talented Mr. Ripley

The Talented Mr. Ripley

DVD - 2000
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Tom Ripley is a calculating young man who believes it's better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody. He's hired to go to Italy to bring back the playboy son of a millionaire and soon is plunged into a daring scheme of duplicity, lies and murder.
Publisher: Hollywood, CA :, Paramount,, [2000]
Copyright Date: ©1999
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC TAL
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (138 minutes) :,sound, colour ;,4 3/4 inches.
digital, optical, surround, Dolby Digital, rda
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda
Alternative Title: Talented Mister Ripley

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lukasevansherman
Apr 10, 2018

Director Anthony Minghella followed up his Oscar-winning blockbuster "The English Patient" by using essentially the same formula: beautiful people in beautiful places, period piece, based on an acclaimed novel. It's basically a travelogue with a few murders. The cast is good, especially Philip Seymour Hoffman in a supporting role, but it hasn't aged very gracefully. This was the third adaptation of Ripley: there's the French "Purple Noon" and the German "The American Friend."

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jan 28, 2018

This movie with Matt Damon as the main character was good in portraying a serial killer with empathy. The acting, along with the plot was impressive. It's about a young con artist who gets mistaken for someone else and is sent to retrieve a wealthy businessman's son from Italy. Halfway through the movie, as you can imagine things go wrong and he ends up murdering some people and deceiving his way through until the tragic ending.
- @Florence of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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firefly5
Dec 06, 2017

Mat Damon is fantastic in this movie, his facial expressions are very telling. He sometimes looks flirty, other times calculating, Creepy story!

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britprincess1ajax
Mar 28, 2017

THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY is a sad story about identity theft gone a wee bit too far, shall we say? Is it weird to root for the thief, the fraud, the two-faced man? Because the victims of his behaviour were simply too obnoxious for me to care for, I found myself wanting bad things to happen in this tale. It’s warped, I know, but maybe that can be attributed to Matt Damon’s charisma. He is not a good person, but I empathize with his pain and heartbreak, which makes the ending all the more memorable. I don’t care to spoil this film, but it’s a tale of a man caught in a web of his own lies and the lengths he will go to to fight his way out.

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pnaduy79
Jul 16, 2016

A excellent movie, beautiful actors and actresses in good acting and many beautiful scenes.

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jennawhit
Jun 23, 2016

Creepy indeed. The movie released years ago shows how we haven't moved the needle much in the area of LGBT vilification. Another example of how little Hollywood understands the non-violent ways of the LGBT.

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CMLibrary_gjd_0
Feb 02, 2016

This was good enough that I decided to go to the "source material" and read the book. While the movie does a fine job at building the suspense, the book does it even better. If you enjoy this movie; READ THE BOOK!!!

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jeffi22
Oct 12, 2015

Didn't read the book; interesting change from first half to second half, I really hated him so badly! A little too far-fetched/coincidental at times, but he gets so creepy and spins lies into more lies... a great character study! Damon, Paltrow, Blanchett, all great. Didn't love Law's performance - not bad, but have enjoyed him better in other films (i.e. Gattaca).

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pigweed
May 22, 2014

Bit of a disappointment after Purple Noon (Plein Soleil) from 1960. Good performances by Matt Damon, Jude Law, Jack Davenport, and James Rebhorn. I felt that this adaption spread itself thin over too many characters (or actors), instead of focusing for the most part on Ripley. He is the interesting character. Anthony Minghella wrote the screenplay and directed the film, and chose to explore Ripley's sexuality to the degree that he sacrificed much of the story. Still worth watching though. Almost forgot - Philip Baker Hall (Mr. Bookman the library cop from Seinfeld) has a pretty good part.

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bdls206
May 11, 2011

This is a truly great film. It sweeps you into another world without you even knowing it. And this other world is so beguiling and beautiful, and brimming with such elegant treachery, you wonder if it can possibly be true. I would highly recommend this movie to thriller fans.

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pigweed
May 22, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: see violence notice

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pigweed
May 22, 2014

Violence: Some of the murder scenes are fairly graphic.

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bdls206
May 11, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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bdls206
May 11, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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bdls206
May 11, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

nadian Oct 11, 2009

Violence: Many scenes of gory violence

nadian Oct 11, 2009

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

nadian Oct 11, 2009

Coarse Language: Few words

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bdls206
May 11, 2011

Dickie Greenleaf: Everybody should have one talent, what's yours?
Tom Ripley: Forging signatures, telling lies... impersonating practically anybody.
Dickie Greenleaf: That's three, nobody should have more than one talent.

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bdls206
May 11, 2011

Herbert Greenleaf: You know, people always say that you can't choose your parents, but you can't choose your children...

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bdls206
May 11, 2011

Tom Ripley: Well, whatever you do, however terrible, however hurtful, it all makes sense, doesn't it, in your head. You never meet anybody that thinks they're a bad person.

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bdls206
May 11, 2011

Tom Ripley: I always thought it would be better, to be a fake somebody... than a real nobody.

nadian Oct 11, 2009

I always thought it would be better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody.

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pigweed
May 22, 2014

pigweed thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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bdls206
May 11, 2011

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

nadian Oct 11, 2009

nadian thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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bdls206
May 11, 2011

In late 1950's New York, Tom Ripley, a young underachiever, is sent to Europe to retrieve a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy, named Dickie Greenleaf. But when the errand fails, Ripley takes extreme measures.

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