GenreCrime, Drama, Thriller Story byPatricia Highsmith LanguageEnglish
WriterW. Blake Herron, Donald E. Westlake Release date6 November 2005 Based onRipley Under Ground by Patricia Highsmith CastBarry Pepper (Tom Ripley), Willem Dafoe (Neil Murchison), Jacinda Barrett (Heloise Plisson), Tom Wilkinson (John Webster), Alan Cumming (Jeff Constant), Claire Forlani (Cynthia) Similar moviesMad Max: Fury Road, Jurassic World, Taken 3, Furious 7, John Wick, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
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Ripley Under Ground (also known as White on White) is a 2005 German-British-French crime thriller film directed by Roger Spottiswoode and based on the second novel in Patricia Highsmith's Tom Ripley series. It stars Barry Pepper as the cunning psychopath Ripley and features Willem Dafoe, Alan Cumming and Tom Wilkinson in supporting roles. Ripley Under Ground was produced during July and August 2003, but was only released two years later. The film was shown on the 2005 AFI Fest by American Film Institute, receiving a low-profile wide theatrical release.
After his friend, a successful young artist, is killed in a car accident, Tom Ripley (Pepper) 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 (Dafoe) 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.
Barry Pepper as Tom Ripley
Willem Dafoe as Neil Murchison
Alan Cumming as Jeff Constant
Tom Wilkinson as John Webster
Jacinda Barrett as Héloïse Plisson
Claire Forlani as Cynthia
Ian Hart as Bernard Sayles
Douglas Henshall as Derwatt
François Marthouret as Antoine Plisson
Release and reception
The film received a wide theatrical release on 6 November 2005, as well as being shown at the AFI Fest film festival in Los Angeles. It was released on DVD on 24 July 2007 in the Netherlands.
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."