The Thomas Crown Affair

The Thomas Crown Affair

DVD - 1999
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A sleek insurance investigator has been assigned to solve a bank robbery that has Boston's finest completely baffled. Her sleuthing leads to the sophisticated, handsome and unbelievably rich Thomas Crown. The more she gets involved with the case, the more she becomes suspicious of his involvement.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, 1999, c1968
Edition: Widescreen or standard format
ISBN: 9780792840466
0792840461
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (102 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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New2Columbia2016
Aug 25, 2020

Unless you are a big fan of Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway, I think you will prefer the remake.

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Liber_vermis
Jun 27, 2020

The precision-timed bank heists were very entertaining but when the crime investigation lags repeatedly let Steve McQueen zoom around in a dune buggy and swoop in a glider. View this movie for the creative cinematography by Haskell Wexler! Why did Dunaway think the stolen cash had been put in a Swiss bank rather than under the thief's mattress? When the insurance investigator put the finger on McQueen, why wasn't an 'accident' arranged (similar to the surveillance cop)? Did the wolf reveal his identity to Goldilocks?

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lukasevansherman
May 20, 2020

To clarify: This is the 1999 remake starring Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo. The original starred Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway and, while stylish and sexy, was not a very good heist film. Dunaway has a small role in this.
They could've called this "James Bond on Vacation." Brosnan was two deep into the series (the third would also come out in 1999) and didn't seem to be able to play any other character. One funny detail is that he wasn't allowed to wear a tux outside of the Bond films, so his tie is undone in the ball scene. I don't remember the original all that well, but in this he's a bored rich dude who races boats and steals art. Okay. It's more like a sexy romance with the occasional heist. Rene "R squared" Russo is the insurance woman out to get him. But what happens when she falls for him? This is luxury porn that feels more 80s than 90s. I guess the heist is pretty good, but it's a pretty dull, rambling movie. Ben Gazzara, Frankie Faison ("The Wire"), and Denis Leary (as "Denis Lear") co-star. The ending is corny. Directed, indifferently, by John McTiernan, who did two of the best action movies of the 80s, "Predator" and "Die Hard."
The closing credits features a cover "Windmills of Your Mind," which was sung by Dusty Springfield in the original. Sting does his typically buttery, soft pop version of it.

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mJJLnk7
May 20, 2020

Okay, haven't seen the original. But this is a great thriller. And the glider scenes...

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candlesticktroughs
Dec 07, 2019

i have to disagree with 'les j: ' this is the original version, from 1968, starring the greats steve mcqueen and faye dunaway. it is far superior to the later remake, which starred rene russo and pierce brosnan. one of the things i really enjoyed about this one, is the multi-screen montage: fascinating. a picture tells a story, don't it.

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rebconk
Nov 11, 2019

This review is of the 1968 original. First saw this movie in my teens when it was first released and I found it confusing: I wanted Tommy Crown to get away with his crimes, but, He Did Crimes! Not Right! Watching it now, during the confusion evident in national politics, I understand that just liking someone, their style and savoir faire, doesn't make what they've done right, and thus, they should pay. This time I also noticed that the thief who's already rich is the one who gets away with his crime; it's his cat's paw, Irwin, who goes to jail. So the moral(?) seems to be, if you're going to commit crimes, be attractive and rich, otherwise, you'll get caught.

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janetw11
Oct 02, 2019

Boring. I remember the original version from 1968 being so well reviewed. The multi screen montages were hard to watch, like watching a video. The ending was terrible. I wouldn't usually say this about an original version of a film, but the remake with Pierce Brosnan is much better.

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SusyHendrix
Nov 05, 2018

Classy and teeming with pure 1960s coolness. As a romantic thriller, I preferred this one much more to the remake: its ending is more bittersweet and grown-up, and the sexual tension between the leads so much more delectable.

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SusyHendrix
Sep 05, 2018

Entertaining but unnecessary remake of a classic. It also lacks the melancholy tinge that gave the original its emotional weight.

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007Gatsby
Aug 20, 2018

I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO WATCH THIS MOVIE YET, EVEN THOUGH I WAS 1 IN LINE FOR IT FOR MONTHS! THE LIBRARY KEEPS SKIPPING MY HOLD ON IT!!!

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phyllis49
Mar 19, 2012

Billionaire Thomas Crown loves courting disaster and winning! But when he meets his match in an intelligent, cunning, lady insurance investigator, a game of cat and mouse ensues.
Pierce Brosnan, Rene Russo, Denis Leary, Ben Gazzara, Frankie Faison, Fritz Weaver, Charles Keating, Mark Margolis, Faye Dunaway.

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"I can leave here tomorrow. So can YOU."

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