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Ripley's Game (2002)

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A dying family man in need of money is persuaded to assassinate a European crime boss.

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Liliana Cavani
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Winstone ... Reeves
John Malkovich ... Tom Ripley
Uwe Mansshardt Uwe Mansshardt ... Terry
Hanns Zischler ... Art Dealer
Paolo Paoloni ... Franco
Maurizio Lucà Maurizio Lucà ... Franco's Assistant
Dougray Scott ... Jonathan Trevanny
Evelina Meghnagi Evelina Meghnagi ... Maria
Chiara Caselli ... Luisa Harari
Lena Headey ... Sarah Trevanny
Sam Blitz Sam Blitz ... Matthew Trevanny
Emidio La Vella ... Shoe Shop Owner (as Emidio Lavella)
Lutz Winde ... Ernst
Nikolaus Dutsch Nikolaus Dutsch ... Dr. Wentzel (as Nikolaus Deutsch)
Wilfried Zander Wilfried Zander ... Belinsky
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Storyline

Tom Ripley - cool, urbane, wealthy, and murderous - lives in a villa in the Veneto with Luisa, his harpsichord-playing girlfriend. A former business associate from Berlin's underworld pays a call asking Ripley's help in killing a rival. Ripley - ever a student of human nature - initiates a game to turn a mild and innocent local picture framer into a hit man. The artisan, Jonathan Trevanny, who's dying of cancer, has a wife, young son, and little to leave them. If Ripley draws Jonathan into the game, can Ripley maintain control? Does it stop at one killing? What if Ripley develops a conscience? Luisa prepares for her concert. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Older. Wiser. More talented. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language, some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Language:

English | German | Italian

Release Date:

7 February 2003 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

El amigo americano See more »

Filming Locations:

Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,200,970
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Financial difficulties caused shooting delays which meant director Liliana Cavani had to leave the production before filming had been completed, due to a previous commitment to direct an opera at La Scala in Milan. John Malkovich took over and completed the film, directing around a third of the footage. Consequently, this marks his unofficial debut as a director See more »

Goofs

When Reeves is at Ripley's house, he prepares a tray with his breakfast and walks from the kitchen into the library. In the shot before he goes through the interleading door, the only bottle on his tray is his beer. When he sits down in the library he suddenly has a bottle of HP sauce on his tray as well. See more »

Quotes

Tom Ripley: You know the most interesting thing about doing something terrible? After a few days, you can't even remember it.
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Version of The American Friend (1977) See more »

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The Last Time
Composed and Performed by Mundy
(c) Warner/Chappell Music Ltd.
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#3 In The Ripley Series... Will We Ever Get #2?
2 April 2005 | by hokeybuttSee all my reviews

RIPLEY'S GAME (3+ outta 5 stars) Not actually a direct sequel to "The Talented Mr. Ripley"... this film is based on the third book in the Ripley series by Patricia Highsmith. (Dang... they have filmed the first and third books TWICE EACH... and they STILL haven't done the second book even once?) This time around Ripley is played, quite menacingly, by John Malkovich. Long after the events of the first book, he is living comfortably in Europe and engaging in little odd jobs of forgery, robbery and murder to maintain the upkeep on his fancy estate. After being insulted by a new neighbor and approached by a threatening ex-partner to do a murder that he really doesn't want to do... Ripley concocts an elaborate game of revenge whereby he will turn his neighbor into a conscienceless killer somewhat like himself. Unfortunately, to his consternation, Ripley finds that a conscience is something that one either has or doesn't have... it can't become lost. I'd really like to see Malkovich do more in the Ripley series... maybe after his movie career is over he'd contemplate a series of made-for-cable movies? (Since the producers wouldn't even release this movie to theatres in the first place!)


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