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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.