Purple Noon (Plein soleil)
Purple Noon (Plein soleil) (1961)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 31, 1961
DVD Release Date: September 2, 2003
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

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

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

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

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Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)

Highsmith had some doubts about the ending, which feels less daring than the one in her book, but there's a clever irony to it Hitchcock would have appreciated.

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Mike Clark
USA Today

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.

David Jenkins
Little White Lies

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

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Simon Kinnear
Total Film

Tempering Hitchcockian intent with the experimentalism of the French New Wave, the result is as seductive as it is suspenseful: a bracing study of amorality.

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Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine

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.

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Peter Bradshaw

Delon is a terrifically good in the role: his almost unearthly perfection is creepy itself, as if he is imitating a human being.

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Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

Condemned now to exist in the shadow of a talented impersonator, this earlier adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's remarkable novel has been all too readily overlooked, despite possessing considerable charms of its own.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Stefanie C
Good thriller, ala Alain Delon. Beautiful Italian scenery. Wonderfully ironic finale. Hollywood, please stop remaking good, classic films into mediocre,… More
John Ballantine
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?… More
Elvira B
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… More
John Me
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… More
Stella Dallas
an interesting french thriller based on patricia highsmith's book 'the talented mr. ripley'. released in 1960, it's fun for fans of the… More
Lauren Donis
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… More