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)

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  • 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)

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 Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

½

Good thriller, ala Alain Delon. Beautiful Italian scenery. Wonderfully ironic finale. Hollywood, please stop remaking good, classic films into mediocre, homogeonized ones.

Stefanie C
Stefanie C

Super Reviewer

½

Tom Ripley, played by Alain Delon, is an intelligent, handsome, cold-blooded indentity-stealer, and nothing more. We are witnesses to his quiet endeavors and his restless cruelty. Rene Clement delivers no sentimentalism, no deep introspections into the cause of Ripley's psychopathic instincts (as opposed to the other very good adaptation by Anthony Minghella), just plain flawless development of a crime. Marie Laforet is lovely as the beautiful angst-ridden Marge. Not only is this movie a great thriller, but the vibrant photography and the beautiful Italian landscapes are enrapturing, and perhaps worth the view by themselves. It's classic suspense at its finest.

Elvira B
Elvira B

Super Reviewer

an interesting french thriller based on patricia highsmith's book 'the talented mr. ripley'. released in 1960, it's fun for fans of the american version. the ending is quite different among other things. and how can alain delon be so cold and so hot simultaneously? lol

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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