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The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)

 -  Crime | Drama | Romance  -  19 June 1968 (USA)
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A debonair, adventuresome bank executive believes he has pulled off the perfect multi-million dollar heist, only to match wits with a sexy insurance investigator who will do anything to get her man.

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Biff McGuire ...
Sandy
Addison Powell ...
Abe
Astrid Heeren ...
Gwen
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Booth Guard
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Honey
Patrick Horgan ...
Danny
Carol Corbett ...
Miss Sullivan
Tom Rosqui ...
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Four men pull off a daring daytime robbery at a bank, dump the money in a trash can and go their separate ways. Thomas Crown, a successful, wealthy businessman pulls up in his Rolls and collects it. Vickie Anderson, an independent insurance investigator is called in to recover the huge haul. She begins to examine the people who knew enough about the bank to have pulled the robbery and discovers Crown. She begins a tight watch on his every move and begins seeing him socially. How does the planner of the perfect crime react to pressure? Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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He was young, handsome, a millionaire - and he'd just pulled off the perfect crime! She was young, beautiful, a super sleuth - sent to investigate it!


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19 June 1968 (USA)  »

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The Crown Caper  »

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$4,300,000 (estimated)
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Director Norman Jewison originally wanted to cast Eva Marie Saint in the film, but the studio rejected the idea on the basis of Saint being too old (at 44) to play the female lead. They ultimately decided to cast the younger and more popular Faye Dunaway instead. See more »

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In the elevator during the first robbery, Carl puts on his left glove three times. Whenever the camera angle switches back to him from the hostages, he's putting that same glove on his hand. See more »

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Sandy: You're mad! Absolutely mad!
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Lyrics by Alan Bergman & Marilyn Bergman
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Strains credulity...but entertaining nonetheless
4 January 2000 | by (Bloomington, IN) – See all my reviews

This seems to be one of those flics that garners both fervent adherents and choruses of raspberries. It certainly has its faults, but I thought it was still quite a good movie (7/10) overall.

The plot unfortunately is pretty far removed from reality. No amount of money could persuade five men to lay their lives on the line for someone they couldn't even pick out of a lineup. Nor can we really begin to believe that Vicki can so quickly put her finger on Thomas Crown as the man behind it all.

There would have been better choices for the Thomas Crown role...most obviously Cary Grant, except I think he had just retired. But McQueen acquits (ahem) himself well.

The chess sequence alone is worth the price of admission (hard to believe anyone could miss the erotic tension in that scene...though it is tame enough today), the issues of trust and betrayal are explored in an interesting way, and the ending is clever.


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