The Talented Mr. Ripley script
Synopsis: To be young and carefree amid the blue waters and idyllic landscape of sun-drenched Italy in the late 1950s; that's la dolce vita Tom Ripley (Matt Damon) craves- and Dickie Greenleaf (Jude Law) leads. When Dickie's father asks Tom to bring his errant playboy son back home to America, Dickie and his beautiful expatriate girlfriend, Marge Sherwood (Gwyneth Paltrow), never suspect the dangerous extremes to which Ripley will go to make their lifestyle his own.

INT. MEN'S ROOM, THEATER. NIGHT.

The interval:
A thick mass of men in tuxedoes grooming

themselves at the basins. Ripley turns on faucets, offers

towels, brushes off dandruff. Men talk over, round, and

through him. Put coins in a bowl.

INT. A BOX AT THE THEATER. NIGHT

The concert continues. Ripley peers through the curtain at

the performances. A haughty woman in the box turns round and

he closes the curtain.

INT. BACKSTAGE. 1:30 A.M.

An empty auditorium. Ripley plays Bach in the blue

ghostlight. A caretaker emerges from his rounds, flips on

the house lights. Ripley jerks up from his playing, waves

apologetically.

RIPLEY:

Sorry, sorry. I know. Sorry.

EXT. GREENLEAF SHIPYARDS, BROOKLYN. DAY.

Greenleaf and Ripley walk through one of the drydocks. A

huge void in the shape of a boat, swarming with workers

preparing the shell of a new liner. If Central Park is where

the money is spent, this is clearly where it's made. And a

lot of it. Workers nod deferentially to the man with his name

over the buildings behind them.

HERBERT GREENLEAF

Mongibello. Tiny place. South of Naples.

Marge, his uh, the young lade is

supposedly writing some kind of book. God

knows what he does. By all accounts they

spend the whole time on the beach. Or his

sailboat. That's my son's talent,

spending his allowance.

Ripley, in his green corduroy jacket the very model of a

sober young man, listens attentively.

HERBERT GREENLEAF (cont'd)

Could you ever conceive of going to

Italy, Tom, persuade my son to come home?

(Ripley looks doubtful)

I'd pay you. I'd pay you 1000 dollars.

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Anthony Minghella

Anthony Minghella, CBE (6 January 1954 – 18 March 2008) was a British film director, playwright and screenwriter. He was chairman of the board of Governors at the British Film Institute between 2003 and 2007. more…

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