The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)Closed Captioning
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When a priceless Monet painting is stolen from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the police find themselves wondering which world-class art thief pulled the job. What they don't know is that the thief wasn't a professional, but an amateur. Thomas Crown (Pierce Brosnan) was born poor but made his way through Oxford on a boxing scholarship. With his sharp sense for business and ruthless ambition, Crown has become a self-made billionaire; but despite his wealth and power, he still seeks new challenges, and he steals art not for the profits but for the sheer excitement. However, as fun as art theft might be, it's still illegal, and investigator Catherine Banning (Rene Russo) is brought in to track down the culprit. Certain clues point to Crown, so Banning introduces herself into Crown's social circle. Police detective Michael McCann (Denis Leary) warns Banning against getting too close to Crown. She takes McCann's suggestion lightly — until she finds herself falling for the suave thief. The Thomas Crown Affair was adapted from the popular 1968 caper film of the same name starring Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway; Dunaway appears in the new film as Crown's analyst.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 91
- Fresh: 61
- Rotten: 30
- Average Rating: 6.4/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: In its sneaky and offhanded way, The Thomas Crown Affair is a tribute to the art of stealing beauty.
Fresh: Production has been lavished with extravagant sets and locations that welcome the audience into a fantasy world of untold luxury.
Fresh: Russo's decade of sidekick-cupcake roles has never before given her the opportunity to create the kind of believable, engaging genre character she comes up with here.
Rotten: It might be fun to see on an airplane or rent on video.
Dogs at Cards
This is a fantastic movie simply because it manages to be entertaining, romantic, and daring without being pretentious. Pierce Brosnan exemplifies the suave, cunning Thomas Crown, the charming sidelong glance, the private smile at the remark of, "What, you own the building or something?", without bringing Bond into it. Rene Russo is breathtaking as Catherine Banning. Sure, she's not the youngest, perkiest Barbie-doll starlet out there, but she brings a sexy, intelligent allure to this movie that made me gasp at the thought that, "What? She's 50?!" The setting of glamorous NYC and Crown's tropical getaway, coupled with an intelligent plot and, ahem, interesting costume design for Mrs. Russo, make this film as stylish and professional as the businessman with the bowling hat, and its addition to iTunes is the apple balanced atop his head.
Sexy, Classy Remake
This movie is elegant, clever, sexy, and beautifully shot. The script was written by one person (with one additional person doing the heist scenes), and the story flows much more smoothly than those scripts written by committee and edited by test audiences. The actors have great chemistry, and the the music provides a perfect backdrop for the adventures. Be sure to watch it widescreen because the pan-and-scan version cuts out huge amounts of the frame. All I could think watching it was "I could totally live like that." (In my dreams!)
A Personal Favorite
I've owned this movie for years and there's nothing better. It's a love story, as well as a mind boggler. It will make you question it to the end. If you have the chance to see it, don't pass it up. You won't regret it!
- Genre: Thriller
- Released: 1999
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