Ripley Under Ground (film)

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Ripley Under Ground
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Directed by Roger Spottiswoode
Written by W. Blake Herron
Donald E. Westlake
Based on Ripley Under Ground by Patricia Highsmith
Starring Barry Pepper
Jacinda Barrett
Tom Wilkinson
Willem Dafoe
Alan Cumming
Claire Forlani
Music by Jeff Danna
Cinematography Paul Sarossy
Edited by Michel Arcand
Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures
Release date(s) 2005
Running time 101 min
Country Germany
Language English

Ripley Under Ground is a 2005 film directed by Roger Spottiswoode and based on the second novel in Patricia Highsmith's Tom Ripley series. The film stars Barry Pepper as Ripley and features Willem Dafoe, Alan Cumming and Tom Wilkinson in supporting roles.

Plot summary[edit]

After his friend, a successful young artist, is killed in a car accident, Tom Ripley and his friends hide his body and concoct a scheme in which they forge his paintings, eventually making a great deal of money. When an art collector complains that a painting he bought from the gallery is a fake, Ripley must use his inimitable talents to defuse the problem by whatever means necessary.



Given the film's low-profile release, critical reviews have been scarce. Variety's review was less than positive, saying: "Although it strives to push Patricia Highsmith's best-known bad man in a snarky direction, Ripley Under Ground is too fidgety and unsure to settle on a sustained tone and ends up in a no man's land between hysterical satire and sleek Euro thriller. As previous filmic Ripleys demonstrated, from Purple Noon and The American Friend to The Talented Mr. Ripley and Ripley's Game, it's all in the casting, and the talented Mr. Barry Pepper is not capable of pulling off the demonically complicated and murderous con artist."[1], however, gave a positive review, praising Barry Pepper's "impeccable performance" and the film for capturing "the fun of Ripley, a fun that few others have captured from Highsmith's prose."[2] As of February 1, 2010, the film has a user rating of 6.1 out of 10, based on 809 votes, on The Internet Movie Database.[3]


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