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The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 6
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Thomas Crown (Steve McQueen) is a self-made Boston millionaire who masterminds a bank heist in hopes of leaving it all behind. Tired of being part of the Establishment, he has hopes of pulling off the caper and flying to Rio. Erwin Weaver (Jack Weston) leads the cast of crooks who never actually meet Crown but manage to pull off the robbery without a hitch. Crown deposits 3 million in a Swiss bank account, pays off the crooks, and waits for the insurance company to repay the bank for the loss.

Aug 15, 2001

MGM Home Entertainment

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All Critics (28) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (6) | DVD (7)

The Norman Jewison film tells a crackerjack story, well-tooled, professionally crafted and fashioned with obvious meticulous care.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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It's no doubt dated now, and the multiscreen graphics won't make any sense on a pan-and-scan video version, but this heist movie starring Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway was considered pretty hot stuff back in 1968.

October 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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A sad product of its times.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
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There are a lot of good things.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Possibly the most under-plotted, underwritten, over-photographed film of the year.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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It's worth noting that 30 years and dozens of caper films later, the closing twist isn't nearly as startling as it once was, but it still makes for an effective conclusion.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Made at the height of Steve McQueen's popularity, this romantic heist thriller contains one of the sexiest scenes in a Hollywood film.

August 11, 2012 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Surface gloss is what you get in this caper-romance.

May 21, 2009 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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Flimsy but great fun.

October 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4
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McQueen is charming, reads his lines well, and shows that he isn't just another short actor with an interesting face.

October 31, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Delightful.

July 21, 2007
ColeSmithey.com

stylish caper thriller

June 29, 2005
Shadows on the Wall

The sexiest chess game in movie history

September 20, 2004
Tolucan Times

Caper films don't come much better.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix
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Dated, to be sure, but oh so chic...

October 4, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

An easily forgettable caper movie...

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Jewison and McQueen especially manage to pull this affair into respectability, even memorability.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Audience Reviews for The Thomas Crown Affair

This movie wasn't bad, it was just way too boring, I didn't even watch it all. Some day I'll give it another chance maybe.
December 11, 2010
ajv2688

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Nevermind the use and abuse of the so called avant-garde techniques like multiple split screen or neon lights fade out, It simply is a sensous and stylish cross between romantic melodrama and caper movie, in which the cool couple McQueen and Dunaway squeeze out their immense chemistry on the screen. The chess play/seduction scene is the best moment of the entire film.
February 26, 2009
pier007

Super Reviewer

the 1968 "thomas crown affair" is the prototypical exemplification of 60s style over substance, and it is literily the milestone for the 60s idiocyncrasic aura, regarding its chic wardrobes to paneled montage cinematography to its french new wave influenced plot twist. of course, what sells would be steve mcqueen's maschismo as well as faye dunaway's icy coolness, purely star vehicle. inevitably, it flashes also the flatulency of manhood by its conspicuous materialism, the excess of luxury.

mcqueen plays an extremely self-assured millionaire who engages at bank-robbery just to prove that he could make it. and dunaway would be the persistant insurance reward-hunter who persue after him. the sexual spark sizzles as they starts to get invovled personally in a romantic way. so eventually who wins?

the sexual innuendo detonates laughably in the course of playing the chess game, and the camera keeps centering upon their seperate sultry gestures, then it melts into a kaledoscopic dazzle of colors as they kiss. and the process of mcqueen's bank-robberies is presented in multiple panels silmutaneously. all the oddities are apparently self-indulgent without coherency. besides, steve mcqueen seems sorta reluctant to pose the cary-grant-esque sly debonair mannerism in numerous suits.

the ending might appear abrasive with its male-centered arbitrariness. mcqueen's character decides to challenge dunaway by revealing the destination of his next robbery to test her loyalty, so it's either him or her insurance case. but in either way, she loses anyway. then she chooses to stay true to her principle by reporting mcqueen's pickup spot. jaw-droppingly, mcqueen sets her up, and there's nothing but a telegram delivered to her that says it's over. it ends with her weeping in the graveyard and him grinning on the airplane seat. it's like announcing outloud: i have great fun trifling with this intriguing woman, and i pull it off so well, and also I WON! so generally "thomas crown affair" is about a cocky man who wanna demonstrate his omnipotency, an ultimate flatulent poise of imperious manhood. mostly it clings to its brutal cynicism instead of redeeming the story with a romantic ending. it flops as steven mcqueen could never be as suave as cary grant.
September 22, 2008
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Veronique Kwak

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The Thomas Crown Affair is a very good and smart movie from the 60's starring two greats; Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway.
August 31, 2008
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Mason Williams

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    1. Thomas Crown: It's not the money. It's me. Me and the system. The system.
    – Submitted by Frances H (14 months ago)
    1. Thomas Crown: I did it once. I can do it again.
    – Submitted by Frances H (14 months ago)
    1. Vicky Anderson: All right, Eddie, I'm immoral. So is the world. I'm here for the money, okay?
    – Submitted by Frances H (14 months ago)
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