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The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 26 June 1968 (USA)
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.

Director:

Norman Jewison

Writer:

Alan Trustman (as Alan R. Trustman)
Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Sidney Armus ... Arnie
Richard Bull ... Booth Guard
Peg Shirley ... Honey
Patrick Horgan ... Danny
Carol Corbett Carol Corbett ... Miss Sullivan
Tom Rosqui ... Pvt. Detective
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Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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! See more »


Certificate:

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Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Steve McQueen's wristwatch in the film is a $2,250 Patek Philippe watch. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie, when Crown is closing a deal to buy some property, he is instructed to "sign on the top line"; but there's only one signature line on the page. See more »

Quotes

Thomas Crown: Left early. Please come with the money... or, you keep the car. All my love, Tommy.
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Soundtracks

The Chess Game
Music by Michel Legrand
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User Reviews

Favored over the remake
29 September 2003 | by eschwartzkopfSee all my reviews

The large number of reviews tossing this in the trash bin as an overwrought 1960s period piece, or inferior when compared to the Pierce Brosnan/Rene Russo remake caused me to find the DVD and take another look.

The problem with the 1967 film is that, unlike most films made today (including the remake), viewers need to think and connect the dots; and, there isn't always a "right" ending with all details neat and tidy. This is still a classic of the caper films, with McQueen giving the definitive performance of his absolute-cool image, and Dunaway as the Joan Crawford of the Virginia Slims generation.

The then-innovative parts of the film, including the multiple split screens and the repetition of the theme song with Noel Harrison look dated (and the split-screen is only effective on the big, big screens of the 1960s-era theaters), but the chess game is still the most-seductive bit of film where all the clothes stay on and nobody talks.

Listening to director Norman Jewison's commentary on the DVD is enlightening. The split screens were indeed a timely gimmick (Jewison and the producer saw the technique at Expo '67 in Montreal), and his explanation of the last scene in the cemetery gives a good insight as to how he aimed the film in general.


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 June 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Thomas Crown, Esquire See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,300,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$43,050
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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