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The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)

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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Andrew Wallace
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Friedrich Golchan
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Heinrich Knutzhorn
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Bobby McKinley
Bill Ambrozy ...
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Paul Cheng
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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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6 August 1999 (USA)  »

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Afera Thomasa Crowna  »

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$48,000,000 (estimated)

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$14,600,719 (USA) (8 August 1999)

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$69,304,264 (USA) (13 February 2000)
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The final conversation between Detective McCann and Banning, in which he essentially excuses her from the investigation, so she can chase down Thomas Crown, was not in the original script, but added about halfway through filming. See more »

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Mr. Crown incorrectly quotes the Leonard Cohen song 'The Stranger Song' - he says "It's sad to see another tired man lay down his hand and quit the holy game of poker" when the actual words are "You hate to watch another tired man lay down his hand like he was giving up the holy game of poker". It is well within the realms of possibility that the character was just paraphrasing the song, he is established as an art expert not a musical expert. See more »

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Catherine Banning: This is an elegant crime, done by an elegant person. It's not about the money.
Detective Michael McCann: So, who steals a Monet, just to not sell it?
Catherine Banning: A Monet lover.
[Looks at a computer on a desk]
Catherine Banning: Whose desk is that?
Detective Paretti: Er...
Catherine Banning: Can I use it?
Detective Paretti: Sure.
Catherine Banning: OK, let's dig up all the major art auctions of the last five years, and see who's been bidding on Monets.
Catherine Banning: [Holds up a sheet of paper with details of auctions] See anyone we know?
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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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Referenced in 100 Greatest Sexy Moments (2003) See more »

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Everything is Never Quite Enough
Written by Wasis Diop, Xavier Derouin and Beth Hirsch
Performed by Wasis Diop
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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23 June 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Obligatory comparison to the first film: The first Thomas Crown Affair really wasn't that great with its split screens that would make even Brian De Palma sick. Like other films from that era of history, it's lost some of its shock with time but unlike true classics, Thomas Crown Affair has lost a lot of its charm. Worth a viewing, but not worth worshipping.

Only vague concepts carry over from film to film, really. The same basic plot curve, same basic events, same basic characters, except everything is retold and reinterpreted from a different point of view. And I much prefer John McTiernan's interpretation despite the more glaring plot holes such as 'Why didn't the security tape reveal who set the briefcase in the gallery to begin with?' Theoretically the culprit could've been caught then and there, but then there'd be no movie.

The caper's execution is rather spectacular, far more entertaining than the original's, though much less likely to happen. But who cares, really? McTiernan directed this as a film you can't take 100% seriously anyway. This is a fun cat and mouse movie, not a documentary.

The premise-an art theft-strikes me as more interesting than the original's robbery; besides, how many films have bank robberies? How many films steal art? It's something different.

The characters and their portrayals are colorful and interesting, walking a thin line of camp but never pushing it too far. This movie isn't about 'Everyman' nor is it meant to. It's about a billionaire who gets his kicks out of high stake gambles and wages-how do you do that without a larger than life portrayal?

I particularly liked the ending sequence, as goofy, perhaps corny as it is, it's still fun. Especially the music selection, Nina Simone's Sinnerman, a well chosen track. Bill Conti provides the underlying score, which proves quite unique having a slightly bouncy 'piano recital' quality to its first few themes. Very fitting for the museum setting. It's a CD worth purchasing for the sake of variety alone.

In the end, Thomas Crown Affair works not because of the film's subjects or its characters . . . it works because of -how- it portrays everything. Its tone is fun and relaxing, and it never tries to take itself too seriously. After all, we are at the movies and not a training seminar . ..


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