Purple Noon (Plein soleil)

1961

Purple Noon (Plein soleil)

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René Clément's thriller Purple Noon stars Alain Delon as Tom Ripley, an American who travels to Europe on an all-expenses-paid mission to convince his friend, the errant playboy Philippe Greenleaf (Maurice Ronet), to travel to San Francisco at the request of the wealthy Greenleaf family. Initially, the pair enjoy the good life in Italy, often to the anger and dismay of Philippe's much put-upon fiancee Marge (Marie Laforet). However, as Tom's funds begin to run dry, it becomes more and more apparent that Philippe has no intentions of returning to the U.S., forcing Tom to consider more nefarious means of maintaining his extravagant lifestyle. Purple Noon is adapted from Patricia Highsmith's novel The Talented Mr. Ripley, and like Alfred Hitchcock's classic Strangers on a Train, also based on Highsmith's work, the theme of identity transference is dominant. The subject even extends to the homoerotic undercurrents which simmer below the surface of Tom and Philippe's relationship, setting into motion a love/hate tension which explodes during a high seas journey. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi

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Cast

Alain Delon
as Tom Ripley
Marie Laforêt
as Marge Duval
Maurice Ronet
as Philippe Greenleaf
Erno Crisa
as Insp. Riccordi
Elvire Popesco
as Madame Popova
Bill Kearns
as Freddy Miles
Ave Ninchi
as Signora Gianna
Viviane Chantel
as Belgian Tourist
Nerio Bernardi
as Agency Director
Lily Romanelli
as Housekeeper
Romy Schneider
as Freddy's Friend
Barbel Fanger
as Mr. Greenleaf
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Critic Reviews for Purple Noon (Plein soleil)

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (8)

  • Alain Delon excels as gentleman psychopath Tom Ripley in René Clément's beautifully restored classic.

    Aug 29, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Delon is a terrifically good in the role: his almost unearthly perfection is creepy itself, as if he is imitating a human being.

    Aug 29, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's Delon -- impossibly beautiful, impossible to read, cold, cool -- who steals the film.

    Aug 27, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Dave Calhoun

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Rene Clement's subversive direction makes us root for Delon to pull off a tricky tightrope disguise as suspicious police pursue him from hotel to apartment and town to town.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4

    Mike Clark

    USA Today
    Top Critic
  • The tension is tantalisingly controlled, while the sight of the young Alain Delon languishing shirtless on a yacht provides a textbook definition of cool, and might be said to alone warrant the price of admission.

    Dec 14, 2018
  • Filmed in sumptuous colour, it's a deliciously amoral thriller with a devilishly attractive star.

    Dec 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Purple Noon (Plein soleil)

  • Feb 24, 2012
    This was the film that the Talented Mr. Ripley was based on..and it is better. Couldn't you see that coming? I like the European original version better? Isn't that always the case?
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 17, 2011
    This 1960 version of the novel "Talented Mr.Ripley", in my opinion, it is not as good as the 1999 version but it is still a very good thriller where the atmosphere is sublime and the setting nothing but wonderful. The ending is one of the best I've ever seen in a movie.
    John M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 20, 2010
    I love The Talented Mr Ripley and I thought it was a better film overall, although they are technically adaptations of the same book, not TTMR being a remake. I thought Alain Delon was a better Ripley though.
    Lauren D Super Reviewer
  • Mar 16, 2010
    Good thriller, ala Alain Delon. Beautiful Italian scenery. Wonderfully ironic finale. Hollywood, please stop remaking good, classic films into mediocre, homogeonized ones.
    Stefanie C Super Reviewer

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