A romantic mystery movie made in 1968. Directed by Norman Jewison. Written by Alan Trustman. Players: Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway, Paul Burke, Jack Weston, and more.

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!

This is the original version of the movie. I have not seen it and thus cannot comment on it.


An action/romance movie made in 1999. Directed by John McTiernan. Written by Alan Trustman (original), Leslie Dixon and Kurt Wimmer (screenplay). Players: Pierce Brosnan, Rene Russo, Denis Leary, Ben Gazzara, Faye Dunaway, and more.

How do you get the man who has everything?

A remake of the original with some changes. Thomas Crown is still a very rich man that likes to steal things, a female insurance investigator is after him, and he tries to seduce her.

I didn't think it was anything great, but it was an ok movie. I'll give it 2.5 out of 4.

The Thomas Crown Affair is a quirky 1968 drama about the unusual relationship that develops between a millionaire who robs banks for the fun of it and the sassy insurance investigator who is hired to catch him. Directed by Norman Jewison and written by Alan Trustman, it stars Faye Dunaway and the inimitable Steve McQueen.

This original version differs greatly from the 1999 remake starring Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo. Whereas Brosnan's Crown was pretty much good at heart, Steve McQueen's thief is much more of a sociopath. McQueen also plays the character as much more mysterious and darker, although he still manages to project that ineffable sense of utter cool that made him such an icon as an actor. The movie is a bit quirky with weird split screens and strange camera angles, but in the end I decided I liked the way it was not afraid to have its own style. The music - mostly rippling piano leads - is funky but cool. On the unfortunate side, Dunaway's character may have been a bold woman for the time, but hers is not nearly as strong and independent as Russo's version. There was some clear sexism back then, at least from my modern perspective, that ultimately weakens the movie a bit. Interestingly, the ending is totally different in this version and in the remake. Ultimately, this version's characters are perhaps a little more human and for that reason, interesting, than their modern counterparts - more complicated in there desires and motivations - but their relationship is not as deeply explored as the the newer version's is. Overall, a stylish, solidly entertaining movie.

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