A 1999 astonishing thriller film concerning the mistaken identity of a guy living in Europe in the 1950s is "The Talented Mr. Ripley". Tom Ripley (Matt Damon) is a young and carefree guy living amid the blue waters and idyllic landscape of sun-drenched Italy in the late 1950s. Ripley is truly craving time for 'la dolce vita'. He wants a life-style that is full of pleasure and luxury. He wants the life-style that Dickie Greenleaf (Jude Law) is actually leading. When Dickie's father asks Tom to bring his errant playboy son back home to America, Dickie and his beautiful expatriate girlfriend, Marge Sherwood (Gwyneth Paltrow), never suspect the dangerous extremes to which Tom Ripley will go to make their lifestyle his own.

"The Talented Mr. Ripley", a psychological thriller, was written for the screen and directed by Anthony Minghella. It's an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's 1955 novel of the same name. It was produced by William Horberg and Tom Sternberg. The slick protagonist and indispensable lead is Tom Ripley, played by Matt Damon. Other key players are Law as Dickie Greenleaf, Paltrow as Marge Sherwood, Cate Blanchett as Meredith Logue, and Philip Seymour Hoffman as Freddie Miles.

This film was both an artistic success and commercial profit maker. For Paramount Pictures, the (US and Canadian) domestic total gross was $81,298,265 US dollars, in light of a production budget of $40 million. The worldwide profit was at $128,798,265 US dollars.

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