The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)


(out of 5)

plays a business tycoon who is so filthy rich that it has bored him silly. To alleviate himself he decides to go in for a bank robbery, stealing wads of cash from a bank through the use of hired goons who have never seen his face.  is magnificent as the vivacious insurance investigator who arrives on the scene and immediately suspects him of the crime. This film is totally of its time, featuring cheesy split-screen effects and endless montage sequences of riding in dune buggies in the sand, but there’s very little substance to it. What could be fun character work between the two leads succumbs to endless sexual innuendo, particularly a very famous chess scene that is rife with symbolic gestures. Dunaway’s work and the wonderful music score featuring the excellent ‘The Windmills of Your Wind’ make for good reasons to watch it, but other than that I say the Rene Russo remake is easily the far superior of the two.

The Mirisch Corporation, Simkoe, Solar Productions

USA, 1968

Directed by Norman Jewison

Screenplay by

Cinematography by

Produced by Norman Jewison

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by , ,

Academy Awards 1968

Golden Globe Awards 1968

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