The Talented Mr. Ripley

The Talented Mr. Ripley movie poster
MPAA rating: R
Genre: Drama
Matt Damon plays Tom Ripley, a strange individual who becomes obsessed with playboy Dickie Greenleaf.
Starring: Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Cate Blanchett, Phillip Seymour Hoffman
Director: Anthony Minghella
Running time: 2:15
Release: Opened Dec 25, 1999

Editorial Review

Desson Howe ,
Weekend Section:
"Occasionally enjoyable but usually ridiculous."
  Yellow Light

Stephen Hunter ,
Style Section:
"Enter the world of the sociopathic killer and enjoy."

Green Light
The Plot: Matt Damon is the angelic, psychotic Tom Ripley. Jude Law plays Dickie Greenleaf, the man with whom Tom becomes obsessed. And Gwyneth Paltrow is Dickie's forlorn girlfriend, Marge Sherwood. When the decidedly unwealthy Tom gets a piano-playing gig for the Manhattan wealthy, he meets Herbert Greenleaf. Because Tom is wearing a borrowed Princeton jacket, Mr. Greenleaf asks if he knows his son, Dickie. Tom, who's a compulsive liar and is desperate to belong to this world, pretends to know him. To cut a long preamble short, Greenleaf offers Tom $1,000 to go to Italy and bring Dickie home.

Tom bones up on jazz (which he knows Dickie loves), then sails first-class to Italy. Tom finds the couple of his dreams: Dickie and Marge, a sort of apprentice F. Scott Fitzgerald couple, living on money and no tomorrow. Tom falls in love with something more than Dickie's life: his identity. After becoming the couple's constant companion, his obsession gets more pronounced. He pokes through Dickie's collection of rings. He mimics the couple's voices. On one occasion, he sniffs Dickie, who's sleeping next to him on the train.– Desson Howe, Washington Post staff writer