The Talented Mr. Ripley is a 1999 American psychological thriller film written for the screen and directed by Anthony Minghella. It is an adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith 1955 novel of the same name, which was previously filmed as Plein Soleil (Purple Noon) in 1960. The film stars Matt Damon as Tom Ripley, Gwyneth Paltrow as Marge Sherwood, Jude Law as Dickie Greenleaf, Cate Blanchett as Meredith Logue (a character created for the film), Philip Seymour Hoffman as Freddie Miles, Jack Davenport as Peter Smith-Kingsley (a character expanded for the film), James Rebhorn as Herbert Greenleaf, and Celia Weston as Aunt Joan. It was filmed mainly in Italy with landmarks in the cities of Rome and Venice used as a backdrop for the narrative. Tom Ripley (Matt Damon) is a young man struggling to make a living in 1950s New York City using his "talents" _ forgery, lying and impersonation.
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