The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Pierce Brosnan Thomas Crown
Rene Russo Catherine Olds Banning
Denis Leary Detective First Grade Michael McCann
Ben Gazzara Andrew Wallace (Mr. Crown's Lawyer)
Frankie Faison Detective Paretti
Fritz Weaver John Reynolds
Charles Keating Friedrich Golchan
Mark Margolis Heinrich Knutzhorn
Faye Dunaway The Psychiatrist
Michael Lombard Proctor Robert 'Bobby' McKinley
Bill Ambrozy Proctor
Michael Bahr Proctor (as Michael S. Bahr)
Robert D. Novak Proctor (as Robert Novak)
Joe H. Lamb Proctor (as Joe Lamb)
James Saito Paul Cheng (Mr. Crown's Butler)
Esther Cañadas Anna Knudsen/Anna Knutzhorn
Mischa Hausserman Jimmy (Mr. Crown's Driver)
Daniel Oreskes Petru
Dominic Chianese Jr. Dimetri
Ritchie Coster Janos
Gregg Bello Iggy
John P. McCann Senior Detective
Gino Lucci Freight Truck Driver
George Christy Senior Museum Guard
Mike Danner Forklift Operator
James J. Archer J.J. the Security Guard
John Elsen New York City Cop
Robert Spillane Crown Acquisitions Security Officer
Daniel Jamal Gibson Sam
Cynthia Darlow Daria (Mr. Crown's Secretary)
Sherry Koftan Crown Acquistions Employee
Jane DeNoble Crown Acquisitions Employee
Gene Bozzi Crown Acquisitions Employee
Ryan Hecht Crown Acquisitions Employee
Paul Simon Crown Acquisitions Employee
Tom Tammi Businessman
Mark Zeisler Bulldog
Mark Zimmerman Bulldog
Daniel Southern Crown Acquisitions Executive (as Dan Southern)
James Yaegashi Crown Acquisitions Executive
Frankie R. Faison Detective Paretti
Movie Details
Genre Romance; Thriller; Comedy; Crime
Director John McTiernan; <b>John McTiernan</b>
Producer Pierce Brosnan; Beau St. Clair; Leslie Dixon; Kurt Wimmer
Writer Alan Trustman; Leslie Dixon; Kurt Wimmer
Studio MGM
Language English
Audience Rating R (Restricted)
Running Time 113 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
For the Hollywood remake rule, which dictates that an update of an older film be inferior to the original in almost every aspect, The Thomas Crown Affair stands as a glorious exception. The original 1968 film, starring a dapper Steve McQueen and a radiant Faye Dunaway, was a diverting pop confection of mod clothes and nifty break-ins, but not much more. John McTiernan's new version, though, cranks up the entertainment factor to mach speed, turning what was a languid flick into a high-adrenaline caper romance. Thomas Crown (Pierce Brosnan) is now a man of industry who likes to indulge in a little high-priced art theft on the side; Catherine Banning (Rene Russo) is the insurance investigator determined to get on his tail in more ways than one. If you're thinking cat-and-mouse game, think again--it's more like cat vs. smarter cat, as both the thief and the investigator try to outwit each other and nothing is off-limits, especially after they start a highly charged love affair that's a heated mix of business and pleasure.

What makes this Thomas Crown more enjoyable than its predecesor is McTiernan's attention to detail in both the set action pieces (no surprise from the man who helmed Die Hard with precision accuracy) and the developing romance, the witty and intelligent script by Leslie Dixon (she wrote the love scenes) and Kurt Wimmer (he wrote the action scenes), and, most of all, its two stunning leads (both over 40 to boot), combustible both in and out of bed. Brosnan, usually held prisoner in the James Bond straitjacket, lets loose with both a relaxed sensuality and a comic spirit he's rarely expressed before. The film, however, pretty much belongs to Russo, who doesn't just steal the spotlight, but bends it to her will. Beautiful, stylish, smart, self-possessed, incredibly sexy, she's practically a walking icon; it's no wonder Crown falls for her hook, line, and sinker. With Denis Leary as a police detective smitten with Russo, and Faye Dunaway in a throwaway but wholly enjoyable cameo as Brosnan's therapist. --Mark Englehart

Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 153
In Collection Yes
Owner David Cowley
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Standard 1.33:1 Color
Layers Dual side, Single layer
UPC 027616745224
Chapters 36
Release Date 2003
Subtitles English; French
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby
Links
Internet Movie Database