The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)

Directed by Norman Jewison
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The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) stars Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway. The basis for the film was Eric Ambler's 1962 novel, The Light of Day . It was nominated for two Academy Awards for Original Music Score and Best Song.

Thomas Crown, a young, handsome millionaire pulls off the perfect crime by having five men rob a bank and dump the money in a trash can, which Crown retrieves later and stores in a Geneva bank. Vicki Anderson, an independent insurance investigator is contracted to look into the heist. As she digs deeper into the case she begins to suspect Crown's involvement. In an attempt to get closer she begins seeing Crown socially, openly telling him she is investigating him.


Norman Jewison


Alan Trustman


Steve McQueen ... Thomas Crown

Faye Dunaway ... Vicki Anderson

Paul Burke ... Det. Lt. Edward 'Eddy' Malone

Jack Weston ... Erwin Weaver

Biff McGuire ... Sandy

Addison Powell ... Abe

Astrid Heeren ... Gwen

Gordon Pinsent ... Jamie McDonald

Yaphet Kotto ... Carl

Sidney Armus ... Arnie

Richard Bull ... Booth Guard

Peg Shirley ... Honey Weaver

Patrick Horgan ... Danny

Carol Corbett ... Miss Sullivan

Tom Rosqui ... Pvt. Detective


  • Of all of the films that Steve McQueen made in his career, this is reported to have been his favourite.
  • Sean Connery had been the original choice for the title role but declined, a decision he later regretted
  • The one-minute kissing sequence between the two leads took eight hours to film over a number of days.