The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)

Directed by John McTiernan
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The Thomas Crown Affair (1999) is a heist film, a remake of the 1968 film of the same name. It stars Pierce Brosnan in the title role, a self-made billionaire who steals a painting and is tracked by an insurance investigator played by Rene Russo.

Competitive New York mergers and acquisitions King Thomas Crown steals a Monet for the challenge, only to be branded as the thief within two days by insurance investigator Catherine Banning who's smart, driven, and alone. Ostensibly she works with the police but in truth she runs her own show playing cat and mouse with Crown. Soon it's a romance: a black and white ball, a glider flight, two days in Martinique. Back in Manhattan, she thinks she has reason to be jealous, so when he suggests they go off together, she hesitates. He may have more tricks up his sleeve and, as his psychiatrist has asked him, what would it take for him to trust a woman and, in turn, be trusted?


John McTiernan


Alan Trustman (story)

Leslie Dixon (screenplay)


Pierce Brosnan ... Thomas Crown

Rene Russo ... Catherine Banning

Denis Leary ... Michael McCann

Ben Gazzara ... Andrew Wallace

Frankie Faison ... Detective Paretti

Fritz Weaver ... John Reynolds

Charles Keating ... Friedrich Golchan

Mark Margolis ... Heinrich Knutzhorn

Faye Dunaway ... The Psychiatrist

Michael Lombard ... Bobby McKinley

Bill Ambrozy ... Proctor

Michael Bahr ... Proctor (as Michael S. Bahr)

Robert D. Novak ... Proctor (as Robert Novak)

Joe H. Lamb ... Proctor (as Joe Lamb)

James Saito ... Paul Cheng


  • Faye Dunaway, who played the psychologist in this movie, played the detective in the 1968 original.
  • One of the songs played by the band in the ballroom scene is ‘Windmills of Your Mind’, a song written for the original film, The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) that became a big hit in the late 1960s.