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The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)

R  |   |  Crime, Romance, Thriller  |  6 August 1999 (USA)
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A very rich and successful playboy amuses himself by stealing artwork, but may have met his match in a seductive detective.

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Proctor (as Michael S. Bahr)
Robert D. Novak ...
Proctor (as Robert Novak)
Joe H. Lamb ...
Proctor (as Joe Lamb)
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Self-made billionaire Thomas Crown is bored of being able to buy everything he desires. Being irresistible to women, he also does not feel any challenge in that area. But there are a few things even he can't get, therefore Thomas Crown has a seldom hobby: He steals priceless masterpieces of Art. After the theft of a famous painting from Claude Monet, the only person suspecting Thomas Crown is Catherine Banning. Her job is to get the picture back, no matter how she accomplishes her mission. Unfortunately, Catherine gets involved too deeply with Thomas to keep a professional distance to the case. Fortunately, Thomas seems to fall for her, too. Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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How do you get the man who has everything? See more »


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Rated R for some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Afera Thomasa Crowna  »

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Budget:

$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,600,719 (USA) (6 August 1999)

Gross:

$69,304,264 (USA) (11 February 2000)
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Despite the fact that the museum is never mentioned by name, in one of the first scenes a proctor is seen wearing a blazer with "Metropolitan Museum" clearly visible on it. It is also noted on the crate carrying the 'trojan horse'. See more »

Goofs

Having established from the security cameras that someone (Mr. Crown) hid a briefcase under the bench in front of the painting to assist in the robbery, it's curious that the security staff never thinks to wind the tape back far enough to see who put it there. However, under thermal imaging it's impossible to make out people's features, so backing up the video would not have identified Crown. See more »

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[Catherine is clearly upset]
Detective Michael McCann: Are you okay?
Catherine Banning: Yeah.
Detective Michael McCann: You know I was okay once. My girlfriend went out one night and came back... married. I told everyone that I didn't care, and then I fucked five women in three days, flipped my car on an on-ramp, beat a suspect unconscious, got suspended... but I was "okay."
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TANGO BALLAD
Written by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht
from the Threepenny Opera - Original Broadway Cast
Music Conducted by Samuel Matlovsky (as Samuel Matlowsky)
Courtesy of Polydor Records
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"Thomas" is the "Crown" Jewel for your collection... SEE IT!
4 May 2001 | by (Attleboro, MA) – See all my reviews

This DVD was an impulse buy, pure and simple. My wife and I like Pierce Brosnan, and I have enjoyed Renee Russo's other works, so what did I have to lose? Only my mind! This film was positively one of the most enjoyable, nail-biting, suspenseful romantic capers ever made.

A remake of the steamy 1968 Steve McQueen flick updated to the sleek and self-referential 90s, "Thomas Crown" features Brosnan as the title character

  • a bored billionaire businessman in the business of "acquisitions". For a


thrill, he heists an extremely valuable Monet from the New York Museum right under the noses of security guards, cops, and about a thousand unsuspecting museum-goers. Renee Russo is the very sexy, very worldly Catherine Banning, whose insurance company underwrites the painting - and she is determined to get it back at any cost... But the cost just may be her soul as she woos, and then falls under the spell of the enigmatic Crown. Will Russo discover the location of the Monet? Will she rat out Thomas Crown? Or is Crown manipulating her affections like Bobby Fisher manipulates the pieces on a chess board?

What we have here is a high-speed chase film whose vehicle is clever dialog, rich and exotic direction, and more than a little sexual tension! Brosnan, as Crown, is ever the cool Brit charmer whose every word and action are as calculated as the movements of a Rolex. Russo smoulders every time she appears on screen. And when the two of them get together, the chemical reaction is pure dynamite.

Dennis Leary has a nice bit as a streetwise NYPD detective on the case, who dispenses advice to Russo's Banning, and watches her begin to spiral out of control. His role here most likely resulted in the deserved attempt at a television series on ABC ("The Job").

The action in the film moves exotically from caper to cover-up and back with dizzying speed... All the while, we are kept guessing about the motivations of the two lead, and find ourselves eagerly anticipating their next move. When the final checkmate comes, we are left totally bewildered, befuddled, and baffled... which is most-likely the director's intention!

On all levels, "The Thomas Crown Affair" will steal the hearts of men and women alike... but for different reasons - Men can enjoy the action and thrill of the chase, and Crown's ability to win over the most beautiful women and his attempt to get away with the ultimate heist... Ladies can marvel at the suave Brosnan and his life of extreme wealth, and all-the-while wonder if he will betray her, or if she will betray him...

I will not betray you... I ain't saying!


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