The Talented Mr. Ripley script
Synopsis: The Talented Mr. Ripley is a 1999 American psychological thriller written for the screen and directed by Anthony Minghella. An adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's 1955 novel of the same name, the film stars Matt Damon as Tom Ripley, Jude Law as Dickie Greenleaf, Gwyneth Paltrow as Marge Sherwood and Cate Blanchett as Meredith Logue. The novel was previously filmed as Plein Soleil in 1960.

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

sober young man, listens attentively.


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.


I've always wanted to go to Europe, sir,



Good. Now you can go for a reason.


A vinyl RECORD revolves in close up. An exuberant and

mysterious VOICE is scat singing. Wild. Then the sound slides

into a raucous big band jazz number: Dizzy Gillespie's The

Champ. A HAND ejects the record. When the camera finds the

man's face it is BLINDFOLDED. He's hot. He's wearing an

undershirt. He's trying to identify the recording.


I don't know. Count Basie? Duke

Ellington. I don't know. Count Basie.

The man pulls of the blindfold, examines the record cover of

the disc he's been trying to learn, needs to put on glasses

to do so, is irritated by his mistake. He ejects the record.

A pile of other jazz records are strewn across a cluttered

table which includes classical sheet music and a paper

keyboard. One hand idly mimes at the keys.


Another song for Ripley to identify is on the gramophone.

Chet Baker's My Funny Valentine. Signs everywhere of

packing. A suitcase. Books about Italy. Ripley paces in this

BASEMENT room, which is bathroom, kitchen, living room and

bedroom all in one. Tiny, tidy, squalid and sad. The windows

give onto bars and a wall.

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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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