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The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Lombard ...
Bill Ambrozy ...
Michael Bahr ...
Proctor (as Michael S. Bahr)
Proctor (as Robert Novak)
Joe H. Lamb ...
Proctor (as Joe Lamb)


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 »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

6 August 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Afera Thomasa Crowna  »

Box Office


$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$69,304,264 (USA) (11 February 2000)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The glider used in the film is a Schempp-Hirth Duo Discus, a German high performance two seater. However, it is physically impossible to reach from the rear seat to the front in flight. So this was arranged in studio. The glider was actually flown by Thomas Knauff, a famous glider pilot from USA. In the original film from 1968 there are similar scenes in another glider, a Schweizer 1-23, an American high performance glider from that time. See more »


When Thomas steals the Monet in the first theft, he puts the painting with wooden canvas stretcher into his briefcase and folds it closed. When he opens the briefcase later, the canvas stretcher is not broken. = When Thomas "folds" the painting into the briefcase in the first theft he takes it out of the briefcase at his home. He then places it on the hidden shelf with rigid sides. If it had been folded in the briefcase the painting's backside frame would have been broken as well as the painting itself would have cracked. And he didn't have time to fix the canvas or the frame if it had been folded. = Someone already commented on the scene when Thomas Crown takes the Monet out of the brief case and puts it on the mantle with the wood frame backing. The same is true when he steals it and first puts it into the brief case. We see him take it off the wall, pull of the frame but not the the wood backing frame it's attached to. Naturally it would splinter being folded into the briefcase with it on but it all looks likes one continuous motion. = when Brosnan is stealing a painting and he slips a briefcase under the gate and slides under the gate and takes the painting off the wall and removes the painting from the frame you can clearly see that the painting is in a wooden frame but he places it into one side of the "fold up" briefcase and then literally folds the other side of the briefcase to enclose the painting, how does anybody fold wood without breaking it, I ask this because when he gets back to his house and takes the painting out of the "fold up" briefcase the painting, and the wooden frame, are magically intact, come on... See more »


[at Crown's tropical resort]
Catherine Banning: Oh! This must go over!
Thomas Crown: With whom?
Catherine Banning: Whoever you bring here.
Thomas Crown: I never bring anyone here.
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Crazy Credits

This motion picture was in no way authorized, sponsored or endorsed by any museum, nor was any portion of the motion picture filmed inside a museum. The events, characters and other entities (including the museum) depicted in this motion picture are fictitious, and any similarity to actual persons, events or other entities is purely coincidental. See more »


Written by Wasis Diop, Xavier Derouin and Beth Hirsch
Performed by Wasis Diop
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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User Reviews

Live this movie, guys
18 July 2012 | by (India) – See all my reviews

For a few minutes , 120 or so you will feel like you are living the life of the protagonist.

A smile will be on your face throughout the movie. An anticipation will build on and you will enjoy a climax every 15 minutes or so.

This movie is one of its kind, not to mention Pierce Brosnan who looks tailor made for this role.

Every few years a movie comes that you remember throughout your life, sometimes it may appeal to one group and detract another, but the people to whom it appeals, it touches their heart and they are deeply influenced by it. It is one of those movies

After Clint Eastwood it was Pierce Brosnan who could actually play a real, relaxed , laid back, mature man in Hollywood.

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