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Ripley's Game (2002)

Cast: John Malkovich, John Malkovich, Dougray Scott, more...
Director: Liliana Cavani, Liliana Cavani
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Studio: New Line Home Video
Genre: Foreign, UK
Running Time: 110 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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The cool and mannered sociopath Tom Ripley returns to the big screen in director Liliana Cavani's 2002 crime thriller Ripley's Game, adapted from the 1974 novel by Patricia Highsmith. Living a life of luxury as an art dealer in northern Italy with his musician wife Luisa (Chiara Caselli), Ripley (John Malkovich) attends a party thrown by Jonathan Trevanny (Dougray Scott) and overhears the host making critical comments about Ripley's fashion sense. Enraged, Ripley immediately plots his retaliation for this slight, which comes via a reunion with his former business partner Reeves (Ray Winstone). Reeves seeks out Ripley's help in finding an unrecognized assassin to kill a Russian gangster, and Ripley suggests he talk to Trevanny -- whom Ripley knows has recently been diagnosed with leukemia and is also desperately strapped for cash. Trevanny reluctantly accepts the offer, in order to insure his family's security -- but is pressured into a repeat performance, which draws the ire of Ripley. The situation quickly spirals out of control to the point of drawing the attention -- and anger -- of the Russian mob, forcing Ripley to intervene. But the master criminal also develops a respect for his unwitting victim, forming an unlikely friendship under the most dire of circumstances. ~ Ryan Shriver, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Meeting people is easy by cammelltoe May 19, 2004 - 1:33 PM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
The rare movie that's lauded by both The New Yorker and Film Comment and is actually a really, great, flick. Malkovich takes the role previously inhabited by Delon, Hopper and Damon and twists into a shape all his own with a mix of intelligence, brutality, class and... malkovichian scary anti-intensity. But enough of that.The reason I liked this movie so much, and the reason you should see it, is because it is a stand alone great film noir (or neo-noir) with all the classic elements firing on full throttle. and it has a Ennio Morricone score for f@#k's sake. Highly Recommended!!!

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Eclectic Taste ~ Always a WIP
Such a lame title for a list, but an eclectic taste deserves an eclectic list. Be forewarned, I have superficial tastes.
Tom Ripley movies...
short list but interesting that these different actors played Ripley so well. Note that the movies are not sequels or in anyway related to eachother except for the books they are based. Coming soon:Mr. Ripley's Return with Barry Pepper as Ripley.

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