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The Thomas Crown Affair
Crime does pay. Handsomely.
A very rich and successful playboy amuses himself by stealing artwork, but may have met his match in a seductive detective.
The first 20 minutes are jaw-droppingly beautiful, cutting between innocuous business dealings and the careful execution of an art heist that makes the crowded realms of executive rooms seem more chaotic, making Thomas Crown seem caged-in until he takes his rightful place in the scene of a challenge. The breezy, jazzy tone carries through Crown's subsequent pas de deux with the insurance investigator who presents him with "a worthy adversary." The final stretch's melancholic slow-down feels a bit too much like premature petering out (at least until the rousing final setpiece), but even the slower bits have a warm grace to them. It's a work of great delicacy, not as complex as McTiernan works like Predator or his Die Hards, but so perfect in its lightness that hardly seems a quibble.
John McTiernan's directorial career is rightly dominated by Die Hard and Predator. He also made that stinker Rollerball, one of the worst films I have ever had the misfortune to watch, so he doesn't quite get it right every time. His reimagining and updating of the Steve McQueen film from 1968 was a risk, but this is a decent heist film that has chemistry between the leads and more than a sprinkling of charm.
Pierce Brosnan plays a millionaire financier who audaciously steals a $100 million dollar Monet from the Metropolitan Museum of Art during a failed attempt by hapless other robbers. The robbery is a work of art in itself, confusing the police department but not a suspicious insurance…
The Thomas Crown Affair is a lot like the little black dress Rene Russo wears in it; sure it's pretty flimsy, but damn (and I mean damn) is it fun to watch. The opening and ending scenes... just so entertaining; I think I want Sinnerman to play over everything I do, like brushing my teeth and walking down the street, because it makes everything cooler. I'd re-watch this over the original every time.
Pierce Brosnan=suave as fuck.
John McTiernan made some classic action pictures in the late 80's, early 90's. As he got older, his movies got staler.
However, there is one beautiful exception -- "The Thomas Crown Affair," a rousing, supremely sexy thriller in which Pierce Brosnan easily sheds his Bond image as Rene Russo just as easily sheds her clothing (in a riveting, wowser of a nude scene).
The action is exciting, the drama is involving, and the climax is a kick-in-your-pants, rug-swept-from-under-your-feet scene of movie magic.
Some cinematic experiences just don't get much better than this.
Bemoaning the current dearth of mid-budget 'adult' films has become a cliché, but when was the last time Hollywood allowed two forty-somethings to enjoy fucking each other so unashamedly?
Also, Faye Dunaway is a terrible therapist.
"Regret is usually a waste of time, as is gloating."
Brosnan is so smooth in this that I can't believe he's not butter!
Russo is hard to swallow given the awkwardly eccentric quirkiness of her character, but it's enjoyable romance with heists and class throughout.
First 20 minutes and last 20 minutes are the best thing about this film, the rest is boring and forced.
Mostly forgettable and indistinguishable from other playboy white collar criminal caper carryingons.
ok that finale tho
You shouldn't be able to get away with re-making a Steve McQueen film but this pulls it off. Brosnan is arguably better in the role. Rene Russo is great as his rival/love interest. It's a pleasure to watch two class acts dance around each other. McTiernan handles it all very well too.
Would still pay to see Rene Russo topless 17 years on.
underrated. Also, Renee Russo naked.
i didn't care for the honeymoon part of the film but the heist was beautiful
An extreme delight, cool without being distant, sexy without being smutty, and clever without being smug about it. Brosnan and Russo have killer chemistry and torch the screen together as two fiercely intelligent and self-assured adversaries who quickly learn how much they have in common. Lovely, and confidently made, and all the more remarkable for treating - especially the female character - two fortysomethings as interesting, dynamic and sexy people.
This list is complied from the films mentioned in Jack Lehtonen's Mubi list on vulgar auteurism, the films mentioned in…
the never ending NYC movie list.
feel free to add more if i missed any.