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The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) Poster

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Of all of the films that Steve McQueen made in his career, this is reported to have been his favorite.
Like the iconic Swiss Tag Heuer watch Steve McQueen immortalized in Le Mans (1971), the "Persol" sunglasses he sported in this movie generated such a trendsetting image, the Italian manufacturers re-issued the foldaway, retro-cool tortoiseshell "714" model as a part of the "Steve McQueen Collection" (October 2010).
The one-minute kissing sequence between the two leads took eight hours to film over a number of days.
Faye Dunaway also appeared in The Thomas Crown Affair (1999) with Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo as the leads.
A 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S N.A.R.T. Spider identical to the one in the film was sold at auction for $27.5 million on August 17, 2013, in Monterey, California. When new, the N.A.R.T. Spiders were unappreciated by customers and were all sold at a discount, some for less than the standard 275 GTB/4.
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.
Sean Connery had been the original choice for the title role but declined, exhausted from filming You Only Live Twice (1967). He later regretted the decision.
In the movie, the Ferrari driven by Faye Dunaway and being referred to as "one of those red Italian things" is actually the first of only ten Ferrari 275 GTS Spyder NART, serial number 09437. This particular car came second in its class in the 1968 12 hour of Sebring before being repainted and used for the movie. Steve McQueen liked the car so much, he wanted one for himself. He eventually ended up with serial number 10453. That car is today with collector Anthony Wang in NY, USA.
One of the more noteworthy aspects of the film is its split screen opening sequence. While some claim that this is an example of style over content, the real reason the split screen was adopted was because editor Hal Ashby was tasked with reducing the running time of the opening.
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Steve McQueen wears number 2 in the Polo Match. The number two player is one of the primary players on offense, either running through and scoring themselves, or passing to the Number 1 and getting in behind them for scoring or assist attempts. When playing on defense, number two player is designated to cover the opposing team's Number 3 player. Usually the better players on any team are the number 2 and number 3 designated players.
The sailplane (N9860E) that Steve McQueen flies early in the movie is a Schweizer SGS 1-23H-15. It was used in New York for many years, but eventually crashed and was destroyed in Georgia (US) in June 2013.
The Academy Award-winning song "The Windmills of Your Mind" from this movie is sung by actor Noel Harrison, son of Rex Harrison.
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.
Director Norman Jewison's use of multiple images was inspired by the Expo 67 film A Place to Stand (1967).
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Writer Alan Trustman got the idea for the film when he was working in a bank and spent his more idle moments imagining how to rob it.
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Legendary documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman reportedly wrote one version, or contributed to screenplay of this film, without any on-screen credit.
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Norman Jewison and Walter Mirisch originally wanted Richard Burton to star as Thomas Crown.
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Known as " The Crown Caper " when in development in 1967.
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Anouk Aimée, Brigitte Bardot, Candice Bergen, Leslie Caron, Julie Christie, Vanessa Redgrave, Sharon Tate and Raquel Welch were all considered for the role of Vicki Anderson. Steve McQueen, suggested testing Camilla Sparv.
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In chess, a gambit is a sacrifice in order to gain something more later. His second caper was a gambit to save him from the windmills of her mind.
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The movie's Oscar-winning song "The Windmills of Your Mind" (co-written by Frenchman Michel Legrand) was also recorded by Legrand in French as "Les Moulins de Mon Coeur" (The Windmills of My Heart).
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Early 1980 was a bad omen for both stars; Faye Dunaway starred in the ill-fated Mommie Dearest (1981), putting a downward spiral on her movie career, and Steve McQueen passed away that year from cancer.
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Jean-Paul Belmondo and Rock Hudson were considered to star as Thomas Crown.
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