Based on a Patricia Highsmith novel, PURPLE NOON is a french movie directed by René Clément in 1960. Edgar Allan Poe Award in the "Best Foreign Film" category.
Maurice Ronet is a wealthy young American leading an idle life in Italy. His father has promised $5000 to Alain -Tom Ripley- Delon if he brings Ronet back home. Delon is from a lower class and is kind of jealous of Ronet's style of living even if both become good friends. He's also attracted by Marie Laforêt, Ronet's girl-friend. Fearing that Ronet won't return home, Delon kills him and imagines a complex scheme in order to take over Ronet's money, girl-friend and identity.
This story was remade as "The Talented Mr. Ripley" in 1999. In my opinion, Alain Delon's performance is way better than Matt Damon's as Tom Ripley.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler