The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)

"You're not boring, I'll give you that." Catherine

"You're not boring, I'll give you that." Catherine


The Thomas Crown Affair (1999) is a sophisticated heist caper.

Directed by John McTiernan.

Starring Pierce Brosnan, Rene Russo, Denis Leary among many others.

The Thomas Crown Affair (1999) is a remake of the 1968 version starring Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway. McTiernan's remakes is better than the original. Heist films require great detail and cleverness in the staging and execution of the theft. John's heist is as elaborate and detailed as Jules Dassin's,Rififi (1955).
There are no guns or violence, just a sophisticated cat and mouse mind game between the cops and robbers.

Pierce plays his character with a detachment that works. Gone are the usual Irish passion that he brings to every role he does. One of the most underrated actors of his generation. Like a fine wine Brosnan gets better with age.

Rene is always one of my favorite actresses, because she has the elegance and grace of a model with a dark sense of humor. One of the few actresses that can play with the boys at their level. In this film you can actually see her competitiveness throughout the film.

Denise Leary steals every scene he is in. Leary brings his detective character to life with his acerbic style of comedy to life. Denis lines are delivered with a subtext of irony and pathos that cause you to have empathy for him. In the scene below watch how Rene truly feels for him as much as we the audience feel for him. Great film to watch again and again.

Trivia - In filming Predator, McTiernan had his thermal cameras failing above 90 degrees and John incorporated that into the camera failures in the museum heist scene.

My Version - I would have had Denis get Rene and Pierce run away with the young model.