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:

Don't even know if this is a man or a

woman.

There's a violent row going on in the room above his head. He

flinches.

INT. RIPLEY'S APARTMENT. DAY.

Ripley, shining his shoes, packing almost done, is testing

himself on another piece of music. Free jazz saxophone:

Charlie Parker's Koko. He listens hard, recognizes the

track.

RIPLEY:

That's Charlie Parker. Bird.

He skips over to the gramophone, checks the record. He's

right, he smiles.

INT. RIPLEY'S APARTMENT. DAY.

Ripley studies an old photograph of Dickie Greenleaf in a

Princeton Yearbook. He shoves the book in a bag, picks up

his suitcase and takes a last look around the dingy apartment

before closing the door behind him.

EXT. RIPLEY'S APARTMENT. DAY.

Ripley hauls his luggage up the stairs and into the sunlight.

He is met at the top of the stairs by Mr Greenleaf's

chauffeur.

CHAUFFEUR:

Here. I'll take that.

RIPLEY:

Thanks.

CARETAKER:

(nodding towards the apartment)

That thousand bucks should come in handy.

RIPLEY:

Yes, sir.

CHAUFFEUR:

(interupts Ripley, who is

about to open the car door)

I'll get that.

RIPLEY:

Thanks.

CHAUFFEUR:

(as he holds open the door for

Ripley)

Sir.

(Ripley laughs excitedly)

You're gonna have a great trip. Mr

Greenleaf is personal friends with the

Cunard people.

INT. HERBERT GREENLEAF'S CAR. DAY.

Ripley luxuriates in the back of the Greenleaf limousine. He

opens up an envelope he's carrying with Greenleaf stationery.

Inside a First Class Cunard Ticket, some traveler's checks

and dollars.

CHAUFFEUR:

I can tell you. The Greenleaf name opens

a lot of doors.

EXT. QUEEN MARY, MANHATTAN SKYLINE. DAY.

The liner leaves New York en route to Italy. END CREDITS.

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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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