The Thomas Crown Affair

Published July 19, 2020

The Thomas Crown Affair

Film info

  • Title The Thomas Crown Affair
  • Director John McTiernan
  • Year 1999
  • Run time 1hr 53m
  • Genres Crime, Drama, Romance
  • Tagline How do you get the man who has everything?

Thrill-seeking billionaire Thomas Crown loves nothing more than courting disaster and winning! So when his world becomes too stiflingly safe, he pulls off his boldest stunt ever: stealing a priceless paining in broad daylight from one of Manhattan's most heavily guarded museums. But his post-heist excitement soon pales beside an even greater challenge: Catherine Banning. A beautiful insurance investigator hired to retrieve the artwork, Catherine's every bit as intelligent, cunning and hungry for adventure as he is.

Live blog

Time Comment
4:42 Are you allowed to eat in art galleries?
5:58 “What, do you own the building or something?” Why would he be so rude for no reason?
10:02 How did they fit four people in there?
20:54 I feel like that briefcase wouldn’t have been strong enough to hold the gate.
24:53 Ooh, special hardcore briefcase.
30:16 She’s a smart lady!
36:35 “A big day for this guy is taking off his tie.”
41:13 Bounty hunter. She’s not even wearing a helmet.
48:17 Give the Irishman a Scottish backstory, sure.
55:16 He has a LOT of pictures in his house. A LOT. What’s the point in even painting the walls?
1:02:45 I need a Paul.
1:05:19 Bloody hell, I didn’t know you could even go upside down in a glider. Awful!
1:13:20 “Oh, you’re not boring, I’ll give you that.”
1:18:03 That’s a story! My girlfriend came back married!
1:30:48 “I’m all checkmated out.”
1:40:18 Bloody genius.
1:47:25 That stewardess is not doing her job properly, you can get arrested for that kind of thing.


It’s been a while since we saw a really good heist movie, and I had a vague recollection of seeing this before and liking it. I could only remember it having something to do with a briefcase though. I’d expected it to be more about the stealing of the painting in the first place, so that happening and them figuring out it was him in the first half hour left me wondering what else the movie was about?

It was, perhaps, a little heavy on the nudity but I liked the cat-and-mouse game. The ending was somehow predictable, but even with that, it was still brilliant when it all was revealed.

A good movie. Now just trying to decide whether to watch the original or not.

Rating: 4 / 5

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