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Purple Noon (Plein soleil)1961

Purple Noon (Plein soleil) (1961)



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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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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 (33) | Top Critics (6)

It's Delon -- impossibly beautiful, impossible to read, cold, cool -- who steals the film.

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

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.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4
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Its mechanical aesthetic suggests that rather than having to sublimate what remorse Tom Ripley might feel toward his actions, he simply doesn't experience any.

January 10, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

This expertly made film is utterly mesmerising. And its exploration of ruthless ambition is still fiercely timely.

September 3, 2013 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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

August 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.

August 29, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | 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


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


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

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