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THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR

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"The original The Thomas Crown Affair was primarily a caper film," says director John McTiernan, who has helmed such successful films as Die Hard and Die Hard: With A Vengeance and The Hunt For Red October. "This is a romance. It's about two hard cases, two people who are very good about being successful singles and very bad at sustained relationships."

Coming off the record-breaking success of his second James Bond film, Tomorrow Never Dies, Pierce Brosnan relished the opportunity to portray a forceful financier whose primary weapon is his intellect. "I had long thought that Thomas Crown was one of the truly clever and complex characters in the literature of cinema," says Brosnan. "He is a powerful man for whom winning is not enough; he craves the stimulation of a good gambit - the more dangerous, the better. Moreover, this is a man with no apparent vulnerabilities, guarded even in the presumed sanctuary of his psychiatrist's office. "

Rene Russo has successfully portrayed smart, tough women throughout her remarkable career. The role of Catherine combines these character elements in a unique way. "Catherine has the instincts of a bounty hunter and the determination of a dedicated cop," says Russo. "She is accustomed to being able to outwit, outmaneuver and outlast any white-collar criminal she encounters. But in Crown, she makes the big mistake of thinking she can get close enough for the capture without falling for him."

Police detective Michael McCann, played by Denis Leary, warns Catherine that she is getting too close to Crown for either comfort or professionalism - but his concerns may be motivated as much by his growing attraction to her as his worry about her effectiveness on the job.

Ben Gazzara (Happiness, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie) plays Andrew Wallace, Crown's attorney. Frankie Faison (The Silence of the Lambs) plays Detective Paretti, McCann's police partner. Internationally recognized for her appearances in DKNY ads, supermodel Esther Cañadas makes her feature film debut as Anna, the mysterious beauty with whom Crown has a secret relationship.

Faye Dunaway, who starred in the original The Thomas Crown Affair and won an Oscar for her role in Network (1976), appears as Crown's psychiatrist.

The filmmakers have assembled a skilled crew headed by executive producer Michael Tadross (Die Hard: With a Vengeance), co-producer Roger Paradiso (At First Sight), cinematographer Tom Priestley (Blue Chips), production designer Bruno Rubeo (The Devil's Advocate), editor John Wright, A.C.E. (Die Hard: With a Vengeance) and first-time costume designer Kate Harrington. Shooting took place around Manhattan and Westchester County, New York, as well as on the Caribbean Island of Martinique.

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