The Talented Mr. Ripley

Continuity mistake: When Dickie and Tom go out on the boat, Dickie is wearing his white jacket. When Tom swims back to shore, the white jacket is dry on the rocks as if Dickie hadn't taken it with him.

Continuity mistake: When Tom is with Peter on the boat sailing to Greece and Tom says he's going to watch the sunset, the sun is just above the horizon. When Tom goes into Peter's room after talking with Marge, you can see the sun in the exact same position out the porthole window in Peter's room.

Cynthia Gurski Premium member

Continuity mistake: When Tom is taking Freddy's body out of his building, Freddy's coat is buttoned to the top. When Tom puts Freddy in the car, his coat is suddenly undone and blood is visible on his shirt. (01:28:00)

Cynthia Gurski Premium member

Continuity mistake: When Tom is playing the piano in the apartment, he has both of Dickie's rings on, but when he gets to the door when Freddie is there, he only has the pinky ring on the left hand. The gold middle finger ring is now missing when ne puts his right hand up on the door, but he never took it off. (01:21:00)

Continuity mistake: Tom has a scrape on his face as he is typing the "suicide" note in the apartment. But as he is leaving and peering around the corner of the building, the scrape is gone. (01:38:00 - 01:44:00)

Continuity mistake: From the viewpoint of a boat behind Dickie's boat "The Bird", when Dickie gives the tiller to Freddie, so he can go below with Marge, there's hardly any wind, both sails are flapping around, but when we get the view from midships, the front sail, which was on the starboard side, is now, suddenly, on the port side and full of wind, no flapping around at all.

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Freddie Miles: I want this job of yours, Tommy. I was just saying, you live in Italy, sleep in Dickie's house, eat Dickie's food, wear his clothes, and his father picks up the tab. If you get bored, let me know, I'll do it.

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Question: Maybe I missed a major plot point, but why exactly does Tom kill his lover at the very end?

Krista

Chosen answer: Tom & his lover are travelling on a boat. The rich girl, who knows Tom as Dickie is also on the boat. If they were to meet, Tom's false identity would have been revealed, and the lover would have been able to figure out that Tom actually murdered Dickie.

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