The Talented Mr. Ripley

1999 Drama

After the Oscar-winning The English Patient, writer/director Anthony Minghella attempted another tricky literary adaptation with The Talented Mr. Ripley, which features heartthrob Matt Damon cast against type as a psychopathic bisexual murderer. Tom Ripley (Damon) is a bright and charismatic sociopath who makes his way in mid-'50s New York City as a men's room attendant and sometimes pianist, though his real skill is in impersonating other people, forging handwriting, and running second-rate scams. After being mistaken for a Princeton student, Tom meets the shipping tycoon father of Dickie Greenleaf (Jude Law), who has traveled to the coast of Italy, where he's living a carefree life with his father's money and his beautiful girlfriend, Marge (Gwyneth Paltrow). Dickie's father will pay Ripley 1,000 dollars plus his expenses if he can persuade Dickie to return to America. As Ripley and Dickie become friends, Tom finds himself both attracted to Dickie and envious of his life of pleasure. In time, he decides that he would rather be Dickie Greenleaf than Tom Ripley, so rather than go back to his life of poverty, Ripley impulsively murders Dickie and assumes his identity. The Talented Mr. Ripley was based on the first of a series of novels featuring Tom Ripley written by Patricia Highsmith; the story was previously filmed in 1960 as Purple Noon, with Alain Delon as Ripley. more..

Director: Anthony Minghella

Starring: Matt Damon,Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Cate Blanchett,Philip Seymour Hoffman


  • The movie is as intelligent a thriller as you'll see this year.

    Roger Ebert - The Chicago Sun-Times

    11 May 2013

  • This thriller is so expertly -- and perversely -- poised that audience members may find themselves secretly rooting for the duplicitous Ripley.

    Bob Graham - The San Francisco Chronicle

    11 May 2013

  • Minghella makes an enticing, intelligent, well-shaped picture about the extreme perils of class envy and sexual panic.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly

    11 May 2013

  • In a possible breakthrough role, Law would seem to be the big winner.

    Mike Clark - USA Today

    11 May 2013

  • The picture has fine ensemble acting and superb Italian scenery. It would have more power if it were shorter and tighter.

    David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor

    11 May 2013


  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role

    Academy Awards (2000)

  • Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film

    Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films (2000)

  • Best Edited Feature Film - Dramatic

    American Cinema Editors (2000)

  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

    BAFTA Awards (2000)

  • Anthony Minghella

    Berlin International Film Festival (2000)