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The Thomas Crown Affair
He was young, handsome, a millionaire - and he'd just pulled off the perfect crime! She was young, beautiful, a super sleuth - sent to investigate it!
The young businessman Thomas Crown is bored and decides to plan a robbery and assigns a professional agent with the right information to the job. However Crown is soon betrayed yet cannot blow his cover because he’s in love.
The opening twenty minutes of the film seem to promise a stylish, smartly constructed thriller, filled with suavely dressed guys in suits slickly out manoeuvring the law. Of course Steve McQueen is the smoothest looking of them all, the playboy ring leader who plans it all from his ivory tower and sits back to count the cool $2.5m once it is time to collect.
McQueen is cast as the perfect little Action Man figure, beautifully photographed and dressed in the latest summer/spring collection from 68. It's McQueen in a suit, McQueen in a jumper, in a sailing jacket, riding a glider, on a horse, shooting along the sandy beeches in his little red buggy. We all know the man looks…
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One of those times where I'm ashamed to admit that I've watched the remake, possibly several times, before ever seeing the original. To be fair The Thomas Crown Affair is more cult then classic as it was only moderately successful with mixed critical reviews though.
It's easy to figure out where the mixed reviews come from as the film is clearly a case of style over substance, arguably a dated style, but damn it what style! From it's over use of split screens, to making me believe that Faye Dunaway is in fact the most attractive woman on the face of the planet in her introduction to somehow making a chess game seem like the…
I started The Thomas Crown Affair expecting very little. I didn't really know too much about it, except that it starred Steve McQueen (who I'd never seen in a film) and Faye Dunaway (who I enjoy). From the very first few moments of the film, all hopes of a good experience were dashed.
The film opens with the robbery of a Boston bank, orchestrated by millionaire Thomas Crown (Steve McQueen). This sequence is aided by a series of split screens which serve little but to make it all rather confusing.
He seems to get away with the crime, but Vicki Anderson (Faye Dunaway), the most stylish and attractive insurance investigator to have ever lived, is on to him.
So much talent in this production.
Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway, Norman Jewison, Hal Ashby, and Haskell Wexler just to name a few.
This is a VERY late 60's / early 70's film, but not too much in a bad way. There are a few scenes with McQueen in a dune buggy that reminded me of THE MECHANIC (not in a good way), but the score is totally of its time. The fashion is immediately identifiable, the split screen is over used, but employed well. This movie is the remake do OCEANS 11, 25 years early.
McQueen is a millionaire bored playboy that is a thrill seeker. His latest project is being the mastermind behind a huge bank robbery. Faye Dunaway…
There's a real fun vibe about the opening of The Thomas Crown Affair; the multiple split screen, the well crafted heist (both visually and technically,) then bubbly personality of Dunaway, the taciturn cool of McQueen and then it just seems to flatline. The cat and mouse game between criminal mastermind and insurance investigator doubling as a war of the sexes and a not so subtle flirtation very quickly becomes a snoozefest despite the best efforts of the clothes horse/style icon/actor fresh from her Bonnie & Clyde outfit success, Faye Dunaway, and Steve Mcqueen, arguably the coolest man ever to come from the United States of America.
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Sunday morning movie and coffee with mr. Steve McQueen. They do not make movie stars... scratch that... men like this anymore.
It's like I've always said: The more split-screen, the better! Pity the story doesn't really go anywhere after the first half hour or so...but at least it stays cool throughout!
What a great time! I have seen the remake many more times and it is a much funner movie than this. The original heist is really great and the indirect way Crown pulls it off is great. I love that Yaphet Kotto makes an appearance as on of the robbers. The movie is so much like life: fun and sad and lovely and disappointing. The song Windmills of Your Mind is such an apt theme for the film as lively and sad, wistful and nostalgic, longing but resigned. Such a great ending, allowing Faye Dunaway to "win" and lose in every sense while McQueen makes the getaway he was planning all along.
Can't believe I've never seen this before. The first 20 minutes are superb cutting edge stuff. Very impressive. The rest of the film is also thoroughly enjoyable though, perhaps, not quite as special...
Absolutely holds up. Recommended especially for residents of Boston, it feels like the city has scarcely changed!
It is hard to believe that watching Faye Dunaway and Steve McQueen can be such a bore, but unfortunately it is.
I have no idea what kind of film The Thomas Crown Affair wanted to be: It isn't a drama, because there is no drama in it; it isn't a thriller, because it isn't thrilling; it isn't a comedy, because there isn't a funny moment in it; and it definitely isn't a romance film, because there is absolutely no chemistry between the two lead characters (most notable in the insufferably long and awkward, but apparently very famous chess scene).
The Thomas Crown Affair definitely has a lot of 1960's style, unfortunately it doesn't have much charm or substance.
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The remake is better. There, I said it.
Only a mere 10 minutes longer, the Thomas Crown Affair remake is superior to the original. The suspense is better, the pacing is better, and the writing is better. I haven't seen the remake in at least 3 years but I can still remember that it's better.
My main issue with the original, Steve McQueen version of The Thomas Crown Affair is the pacing. It seems like once the two main characters meet both their relationship and the investigation move incredibly quickly. In fact, I kept thinking to myself that it seemed like the police and virtually no evidence whatsoever on Thomas Crown; that is the…
"HAHAHAA (Gasp) HAHA" - Thomas Crown
I guess there is a reason McQueen is called the king of cool. cause he radiates confidence and zip. maybe that is the arrogance seeping in from Steve's personal life. Either way it carries the film with a certain je ne sais quoi.
You have Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway, a great musical score and all the 60s glamour, what else could you ask for in a movie?
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