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THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR

 
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At Theaters: 8/6/1999 On Video: 1/4/2000
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 54 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 069906
Studio: MGM Pictures
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A millionaire playboy, seeking new challenges, steals a world-famous Monet and then strikes up a fiery romance with Catherine Banning, the brilliant female investigator who is on to his game. Leary portrays the New York cop who also falls for Catherine when they join forces to track the millionaire thief.

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Adventure - Remake of Steve McQueen/Faye Dunaway '60s romantic thriller. This version manages to keep the caper aspects interesting while sterilizing the romance. Action fans used to Pierce Brosnan as James Bond will probably be bored.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Pierce Brosnan (Tomorrow Never Dies)
Rene Russo (Ransom)
Denis Leary (True Crime)
Director: John McTiernan (Die Hard)
Producer: Beau St. Clair (The Nephew)
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About The Production
Creating The World of Thomas Crown
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: Infrequent but extreme.
SEX/NUDITY: Shows everything (nudity & sex) possible without getting an NC-17.
VIOLENCE: One brief scuffle.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Social drinking.
ACTION: Some tension during the heists.
COMEDY: Occasional wit.
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Below Average
Despite the nearly-perfect casting of Brosnan in the title role, the 1999 version of The Thomas Crown Affair comes across as a pale shadow of the 1968 original. That film, which starred Steve McQueen as the cool, amoral Crown and Faye Dunaway as the equally conscienceless insurance investigator dogging him, was a study in erotic tension. Thirty years later, eroticism has apparently become a lost art. The middle section of the film (the hour that is sandwiched between the two heists), which represented the meat of the 1968 production, is dull and flabby here. This new interpretation does few things better than the original, and many things worse, offering another argument for why Hollywood should stop strip-mining its past and start investing a little money in new, intelligent screenplays. Recycling works for paper, not celluloid.
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Based on an Exit Polling of 160 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M/F)
9
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
10
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
8
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
54
High
98%
30+Adults (F)
79
High
99%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE

Thomas Crown is a self-made billionaire who can buy anything he wants and is irresistible to women. But there are some things that money can't buy. Thomas Crown has run out of challenges.

When an alarm sounds at a world class museum and someone walks out with a priceless Monet, Crown is the last person the New York police suspect. But one person suspects him: Catherine Banning, the brilliant female investigator hired to retrieve the painting no matter what it takes. Catherine loves the chase as much as he does and she's on to his game. Crown has found his challenge.

Two can play, but only one can win.

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