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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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(story) (as Alan R. Trustman), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Thomas Crown
... Catherine Banning
... Michael McCann
... Andrew Wallace
... Detective Paretti
... John Reynolds
... Friedrich Golchan
... Heinrich Knutzhorn
... The Psychiatrist
Michael Lombard ... Bobby McKinley
Bill Ambrozy ... Proctor
Michael Bahr ... Proctor (as Michael S. Bahr)
... Proctor (as Robert Novak)
Joe H. Lamb ... Proctor (as Joe Lamb)
... 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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Crime does pay. Handsomely. See more »


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

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6 August 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Afera Thomasa Crowna  »

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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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Trivia

The scene of Crown racing a catamaran replaced a similar scene in the original script (and the original movie) that was set at a polo match. John McTiernan deemed a polo match to be too much of a cliché, and wanted a scene that conveyed more action and excitement, and not just wealth. See more »

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When they realized from the security cameras that someone (Mr. Crown) hid a "third leg" under the bench in front of the stolen painting, it's quite unlikely that the detective and/or security staff did not wind the tape back far enough to see who put it there. The scene would reveal that person who hide briefcase also speak with some proctor (when Crown talk with Bobby, how he like only his haystacks). After quick confrontation with proctors who have duty in that time and place, Bobby would definitely able to identified Crown from that scene on the tape, even under thermal imaging it's impossible to make out people's features. Moreover Crown would be identified from other security cameras (from entrance), that he strolled into the museum with briefcase, but left museum without.

Crown could have easily placed the briefcase in position before the new surveillance equipment was installed (the day before). Looking back through the old footage would have required getting the tapes back and the old equipment accessed to watch it (not so easily done). Additionally, he would just have likely kept his features hidden while doing so, so going back through any footage would have been fruitless. See more »

Quotes

[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

During the opening credits, the letters in the names of principal cast and crew switch same-letters (i.e., the "R's" in "Pierce Brosnan", the "E's" in "Dennis Leary"). See more »

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Referenced in Greek: Home Coming and Going (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

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
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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A classy piece of work
9 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

Forget all the explosions, car chases, crazy villains, special effects... The Thomas Crown Affair is not an action movie. It´s not even a thriller. Instead, it´s a well-done cat-and-mouse movie that´s smart, entertaining and very sexy. If you had to use one word to describe the film it would have to be sophisticated. The movie might appeal more to mature audiences as both the leading man and the leading lady are over 40 years old. Pierce Brosnan can obviously do other roles beside James Bond, but the role of Thomas Crown is at least somewhat similar to 007. Both guys "enjoy women" and are very suave. Overall, Brosnan gives a solid performance and is overshadowed only by Rene Russo who simply oozes sexuality and class. She is simply perfect in her role and though she´s twice as old as I am I find her a real knockout. Not only is she extremely hot, but also a very talented and charismatic actress. A perfect combination! The classy dance scene between Brosnan and Russo belongs to the most sexually-charged scenes in history and the following love-making scene manages to be both sexy and stylish. Usually nude scenes in Hollywood movies seem somehow "uneasy", but in this movie the scene is done in real style and with sensual music the atmosphere is sizzling. Who would want a disposable bimbo like Britney Spears when you could have a real class-act woman like Rene Russo? I would also like to mention Bill Conti whose simple yet refined music is simply outstanding. Just listen to the music during the scene in which Crown and Banning go glider flying... You can just close your eyes and listen to this wonderful music. Now I have to find the soundtrack for this film! I guess I should mention that I´ve never seen the original Thomas Crown, but now I don´t even have to bother as its updated version is a true pleasure to watch. I have nothing negative to say about it so just go get this film on DVD and enjoy!


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