Ripleys Game and Talented Mr Ripley

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The two movies that we watched in class The Talented Mr. Ripley and Ripley’s Game were both about this guy named Tom Ripley who was trying to survive in New York City with no prospects, but with a talent to survive by doing whatever is required. While working at a party, playing the piano in a borrowed Princeton jacket, he is approached by the wealthy Herbert Greenleaf, who believes Tom to be an actual graduate from the university and a friend of his son, Dickie Greenleaf. Ripley is asked to travel to Italy to persuade Greenleaf’s errant son, Dickie to return to United States to help run the family business. Tom agrees, immediately seeing this as a great opportunity for him even though he did not go to Princeton and has never even met Dickie.

In the movie The Talented Mr. Ripley Tom’s character is both talented and lucky. He has a great talent of forging people’s signature and he can impersonate anyone’s voice. By having those two talents he had done really bad deeds. As a gesture to Ripley, Greenleaf agrees to travel with him on a short holiday to Sanremo. The two hire a small boat and head out to sea. They begin arguing while on board, with Dickie rejecting and mocking Ripley. Ripley then mocks Dickie in return. Enraged, he threatens to hit Ripley in anger but backs down, and resorts to further describing his disgust with even being around Ripley. Ripley then loses his temper and swings an oar, hitting Dickie on the head. Dickie furiously attacks Ripley, attempting to choke him. The two struggle, and Ripley kills him in the ensuing struggle. Horrified, he lets the boat drift to shore while lying on the chest of Dickie's lifeless body. He then sinks the boat, with Dickie's body still on board, to conceal his crime before swimming to shore. Later Riples existence becomes “cat and mouse” game with the Italian police and Greenleaf’s friends.

Mr Greenleaf’s Dickie’s father ends up helping Tom get away with the murder unintentionally. When Marge was suspicious of...
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