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The Thomas Crown affair - Pierce Brosnan, Rene Russo, Denis Leary, John McTiernan

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Movie propaganda

How do you get the man who has everything?

The Thomas Crown affair follows the adventures of a millionaire playboy (Pierce Brosnan) who, seeking new challenges, steals a world-famous Cézanne and then strikes up a fiery romance with the brilliant female investigator (Rene Russo) who is on to his game.

Persons of interest

  • Pierce Brosnan .... Thomas Crown
  • Rene Russo .... Catherine Olds Banning
  • Denis Leary .... Detective Michael McCann
  • Ben Gazzara .... Andrew Wallace
  • Frankie Faison .... Detective Paretti
  • Fritz Weaver .... John Reynolds
  • Charles Keating .... Friedrich Golchan
  • Mark Margolis .... Heinrich Knutzhorn
  • Michael Lombard .... Proctor Bobby McKinley
  • Alan Trustman .... Storywriter
  • Leslie Dixon .... Screenwriter
  • Kurt Wimmer .... Screenwriter
  • John McTiernan .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

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Theatrical report

Stirred, not shaken.

Go James Bond! kill the bad guy, kiss the babe, be the hero!

Oh wait, this isn't James Bond, although Pierce Brosnan could be playing him in this high drama, multi-faceted, action packed adventure. The above-mentioned Mr T Crown, the man who has everything, loves to play games (what else do you do when you're Filthy rich?). He likes to play elaborate games. So elaborate that he doesn't want anyone to catch on until the fat lady sings.

The painting has been stolen, and Rene Russo wants to get it back. Pierce wants to get it back, too, but in his own sweet time. Woo hoo! Conflict!

I enjoyed the hype that this movie received but, to be honest (well, when am I not?) there is more to The Thomas Crown affair than the hype tells you. Which is an unfortunately rare but good thing. There's lots to think about, and that's a good thing, too.

If you want a lousy plot with babes, go rent Barb Wire - Thomas Crown is anything but lousy - and ten bucks says you won't figure out how the movie ends!

Security censorship classification

M (Medium level sex scene, low level coarse language)

Surveillance time

109 minutes (1:49 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental: 23 August 2000
DVD retail: 5 June 2002

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