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The Thomas Crown Affair -- A self-made Boston millionaire Thomas Crown (Steve McQueen) masterminds a bank heist in hopes of leaving it all behind. Tired of being part of the Establishment, he has hopes of pulling off the caper and flying to Rio. The cast of crooks lead by Erwin Weaver (Jack Weston) manage to pull off the robbery without a hitch and without ever actually meeting Crown. After depositing 3 million into a Swiss bank account and paying off the crooks, Crown waits for the insurance company to repay the bank for the loss. With the help of savvy detective Eddy Malone (Paul Burke), insurance investigator Vicky Anderson (Faye Dunaway) attempts to find the mastermind behind the heist.

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Director:
Writer:
Alan Trustman (written by)
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Release Date:
19 June 1968 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
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!
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Tense, stylish, serious See more (131 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Steve McQueen ... Thomas Crown

Faye Dunaway ... Vicki Anderson

Paul Burke ... Eddy Malone

Jack Weston ... Erwin

Biff McGuire ... Sandy

Addison Powell ... Abe
Astrid Heeren ... Gwen

Gordon Pinsent ... Jamie

Yaphet Kotto ... Carl
Sidney Armus ... Arnie

Richard Bull ... Booth Guard

Peg Shirley ... Honey
Patrick Horgan ... Danny
Carol Corbett ... Miss Sullivan
Tom Rosqui ... Pvt. Detective
Michael Shillo ... Swiss Banker
Nora Marlowe ... Marcie

Sam Melville ... Dave
Ted Gehring ... Marvin

Paul Verdier ... Elevator Operator
Judy Pace ... Pretty Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leonard Caron ... Jimmy Weaver (uncredited)
Harry Cooper ... Ernie (uncredited)
Victor Creatore ... Cash Room Guard (uncredited)
Allen Emerson ... Don (uncredited)

Bruce Glover ... Bank Manager (uncredited)
Nikita Knatz ... Sketch Artist (uncredited)
Charles Lampkin ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Todd Martin ... Benjy (uncredited)
Ed T. McDonnell ... Boston Police Officer at Roadblock (uncredited)

John Orchard ... John - Crown's Butler (uncredited)
James Rawley ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)

Patty Regan ... Girl in Elevator (uncredited)
Paul Rhone ... Cash Room Guard (uncredited)
Jon Shank ... Curley (uncredited)

Johnny Silver ... Bert (uncredited)

Directed by
Norman Jewison 
 
Writing credits
Alan Trustman (written by) (as Alan R. Trustman)

Produced by
Hal Ashby .... associate producer
Norman Jewison .... producer
Walter Mirisch .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Michel Legrand 
 
Cinematography by
Haskell Wexler (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Hal Ashby 
Byron 'Buzz' Brandt  (as Byron Brandt)
Ralph E. Winters 
 
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
 
Art Direction by
Robert F. Boyle  (as Robert Boyle)
 
Set Decoration by
Edward G. Boyle  (as Edward Boyle)
 
Makeup Department
Del Armstrong .... makeup artist
Lynn Del Kail .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Jay Sebring .... hair designer: Steve McQueen (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Jim Henderling .... production manager (as James E. Henderling)
Howard Joslin .... unit manager (as J. Howard Joslin)
Allen K. Wood .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Walter Hill .... second assistant director
Jack N. Reddish .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Anthony Bavero .... property
Nikita Knatz .... sketch artist
Frank L. Brown .... carpenter (uncredited)
Pablo Ferro .... graphic artist: final cut (uncredited)
Pablo Ferro .... graphic designer: final cut (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Walter Goss .... sound
Clem Portman .... sound recordist
James Richard .... sound editor (as Jim Richard)
Richard Portman .... foley mixer (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Christopher Chapman .... special visual effects designer (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Loren Janes .... stunt double: Steve Mcqueen (uncredited)
Roy Jenson .... stunts (uncredited)
John Moio .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ralph Gerling .... camera operator
Morris Rosen .... key grip
Gaylin P. Schultz .... key grip (as Gaylin Schultz)
Ross A. Maehl .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alan Levine .... wardrobe
Ron Postal .... wardrobe consultant: Mr. McQueen
Theadora Van Runkle .... wardrobe designer: Miss Dunaway (as Thea Van Runkle)
 
Editorial Department
James D. Young .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Location Management
Robert Alan Nelson .... location scout (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Tom Downing .... music editor
Michel Legrand .... conductor
Carol Kaye .... musician: bass (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Kenneth Jay Lane .... jewelry designer: Miss Dunaway
Alfred Sheinwald .... technical advisor
Marshall J. Wolins .... script supervisor (as Marshall Wolins)
Gary Wooten .... technical advisor
Neil R. Ayer .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Pete Condos .... dune buggy designer (uncredited)
Pablo Ferro .... title designer (uncredited)
Leonard Shannon .... unit publicist (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
102 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:L | Norway:16 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 (TV rating) (2015) | Sweden:11 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1988) | USA:TV-14 | USA:R (M.P.A.A. Cert. No. 21612) | USA:Approved (Suggested for Mature Audiences) | West Germany:12 (f) (old rating: 16)

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Trivia:
After watching a five hour rough cut of the film, composer Michel Legrand took a six week vacation during which he wrote 90 minutes of music. The film was then reedited to the music, instead of the other way around. If this experiment had failed, Legrand would have written a second score in the traditional way free of charge.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Thomas Crown:Left early. Please come with the money... or, you keep the car. All my love, Tommy.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in 100 Greatest Sexy Moments (2003) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
A Man's CastleSee more »

FAQ

What did Thomas mean in the steamroom when he said, 'Samba...sugarloaf...jungle...piranha' to Vicki?
Any recommendations for other movies that feature good bank heists?
How does the movie end?
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67 out of 79 people found the following review useful.
Tense, stylish, serious, 12 December 1999
Author: Stewart Naunton (snaunton@glasnet.ru) from Moscow, Russian Federation

This is a film about games: the defining image, a game of chess; and then, as well, the intellectual game that robbery provides for Crown (McQueen), and the two games, professional and sexual, in which Vicki and Crown stalk each other. For these players, games are very serious and the outcome of each uncertain.

The film is of its time, but works in ours, as well and better than the recent remake. Those looking for a fast action "heist" movie will be disappointed: this film is about alienation and attraction, trust and betrayal, about working out what matters - all those eternal themes. It will appeal to those content to focus on personal chemistry unpunctuated by regular gunfire. None the less, the planning and execution of the bank robbery is cleverly done and provides sufficient impetus to drive the rest of the straightforward plot. Crown's motivations, tedium and greed, are readily understandable; Vicki's are similar. As people they are similar and evenly matched. Vicki is stylish and beautiful and, using her sexuality as well as her intellect, she is Crown's equal or better - which is not true of the remake. In the end, it is she who defines the outcome, but what it will be and why Vicki makes the choice she does are left unresolved. So, too, we remain uncertain whether the possibility truly exists, that their alienation might be healed.

The focus is clearly on the couple. Eddy Malone's role as the police detective does not extend beyond that of a Greek chorus, providing the conventional and moral reference against which the actions of the principals are to be judged. Jack Weston's Erwin, a very worried getaway driver, simply contrasts the player of the game, Crown, with the instruments with which he plays it.

The performances of the entire cast are exemplary. McQueen's clipped manner builds the tension and intensifies the effect of his weakening to Vicki's seductive moves during the chess game. The role of Vicki is perfect for Dunaway, making no great demands on her to project herself, no extended dialogue, which she does not generally manage well; but the disposition of her body, her power of gesture, and her brief, pithy statements all work brilliantly. Jack Weston produces an excellent cameo performance that pretty well had me perspiring as much as he was. Malone plays a straight role straight, the way it should be.

The split screen title sequence and passages in the film work well; they do not distract, as this technique can, but are used to capture and compress moments of action that are significant but do not require extended treatment. The Legrand soundtrack is brilliantly effective, including the long passages of real tension, without music.

This really is a great classic, a film that will endure, and those who have difficulty with it should see it again and allow themselves the time to be seduced by its low key perfection.

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