In the movie The Talented Mr.Ripley, was there any conclusive evidence in the film if the pregnant girl was murdered or was it simply a suicide. If she was pregnant, was there no way to know who the father was?

  • In hindsight, in the 50's, were there tests to check who the father was? I suppose not.
    – John
    Jun 12, 2015 at 15:05

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The Italian girl drowned herself/committed suicide following Dickie's rejection of her, as it would have been a humiliating and unbearable situation to be an unmarried mother in Italy in the 1950s.

I could be wrong but I don't think it was ever suggested that it was murder, in either the film or the book.

I think it was quite clear that Dickie was the father but he wanted nothing to do with it, as it would upset his comfortable life. So I don't see that as an issue, and as you point out in your comment, it would have been pretty hard to ascertain that then anyway.

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