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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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John McTiernan

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierce Brosnan ... Thomas Crown
Rene Russo ... Catherine Banning
Denis Leary ... Michael McCann
Ben Gazzara ... Andrew Wallace
Frankie Faison ... Detective Paretti
Fritz Weaver ... John Reynolds
Charles Keating ... Friedrich Golchan
Mark Margolis ... Heinrich Knutzhorn
Faye Dunaway ... The Psychiatrist
Michael Lombard ... Bobby McKinley
Bill Ambrozy Bill Ambrozy ... Proctor
Michael Bahr Michael Bahr ... Proctor (as Michael S. Bahr)
Robert D. Novak ... Proctor (as Robert Novak)
Joe H. Lamb Joe H. Lamb ... Proctor (as Joe Lamb)
James Saito ... Paul Cheng
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Storyline

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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When You Raise The Stakes, You Heighten The Attraction. See more »


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

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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | Polish | French

Release Date:

6 August 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Afera Thomasa Crowna See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,600,719, 8 August 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$69,304,264, 13 February 2000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$55,000,000, 1 January 2001
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2.39 : 1
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The line, "You're not boring, I'll give you that," was ad-libbed by Rene Russo. See more »

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During the glider scenes, there's one point where Crown motions for Banning to look to her left but both actors seem to turn their heads to their right. Actually, because of the size constraints of the cockpit, all the interior shots were filmed using a mirror with the camera mounted at an angle. Since the camera sees a mirror image, the actors look to their left out of natural instinct, but appear to look to their right. See more »

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Detective Michael McCann: Give.
[pause]
Detective Michael McCann: You know what? Life is full of shitty conflicts, okay? Give!
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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 »

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References Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) See more »

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Back Porch
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Slick, glossy and cool – just don't expect it to be a piece of art (sorry!)
21 February 2003 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Businessman and billionaire Thomas Crown has everything he wants – money is nothing to him. One side part of his life is stealing valuable works of art. In an elaborate set-up, Crown manages to steal a painting from a New York gallery without detection. However insurance investigator Catherine Banning suspects him and pursues him. Crown falls for her, realising the fun he can have with a worthy adversary. However as their relationship becomes more serious, Catherine also begins to close the web on Crown – but which way will she go with him?

I ignored this in the cinema due to fairly average reviews and likewise video didn't entice me. However free on terrestrial – yeah, I'll take that! So I settled down to something that immediately set itself out to be fresh, slick and light with a jazzy credit sequence and a glossy (without being OTT) little robbery sequence. So far so good. The middle section is not quite all it could have been but it is still good. It does get a little heavy and slows the film down and the romance between the two leads doesn't quite wash at every turn, but they toy with each other well enough to keep the interest.

The climax is pretty cool and clever and it is refreshing that the film never falls into big action set pieces to win over the audience – instead keeping it glossy and slick throughout. It is quite something to find a thriller of sorts that is for grown ups and not teenage boys who NEED something to blow up every so often. The plot here is robust enough to meet the film's needs but is a little too slick to be examined too closely. But take this as what it is – slick adult popcorn seller – and you'll enjoy it. It is breezy and enjoyable.

As Crown, Brosnan exudes charm and smoothness but also is able to put an edge on it to show that Crown is not happy even when he has the world. Russo gives a better performance than I've come to expect from her but is still a little out of place in the film. She isn't totally convincing and I became annoyed by the regular appearance of her tits in the film – did it really help the film I wondered? Maybe once it was natural in the scene but the rest just seems like a cry for an audience. Leary does sterling work as Det McCann, although he isn't funny he is a strong serious actor and carries the role well. The support cast are all pretty good and Dunaway's cameo adds to the slick feeling rather than standing out awkwardly.

Overall this film will please you if you know what to expect. If you want something wonderful or meaningful then this will let you down. However, if you're ready for a slick, glossy bit of entertainment that will engage without challenging then this should be more than enough to pass a wet Saturday afternoon.


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