The beautiful ''Talented Mr. Ripley'' -- The thriller features a bevy of beauties: Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett, Jude Law, and Matt Damon

By Rebecca Ascher-Walsh
Updated January 22, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST

Lord knows, ’99 will not produce a movie as easy on the eyes as The Talented Mr. Ripley. Directed by Anthony Minghella (responsible for lush-looking English Patient) Ripley stars impossibly attractive foursome Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Cate Blanchett, and Matt Damon (swerving away from type to play a sophisticated murderer luxuriating in Italy). While there’s enough betrayal and passion to fill a season’s worth of soaps, Damon’s most shocking desire remains unrequited. ”It’s this bizarre lust triangle between me and Matt and Jude,” explains Paltrow. ”Matt falls in love with Jude…[but] no sex is involved. It’s very interesting but very weird.”