The Thomas Crown Affair

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Overview

The Thomas Crown Affair may contain more style than substance, but this MGM DVD release of the mod Steve McQueen classic shows that it contains so much style that substance no longer becomes an issue. Since the picture is so beautifully shot and combines separate scenes together in the split-screen process you need to be able to see this widescreen version to fully appreciate the movie. The widescreen transfer wasn't done in the superior anamorphic format but besides slight image pixilation now and then, the ...
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Overview

The Thomas Crown Affair may contain more style than substance, but this MGM DVD release of the mod Steve McQueen classic shows that it contains so much style that substance no longer becomes an issue. Since the picture is so beautifully shot and combines separate scenes together in the split-screen process you need to be able to see this widescreen version to fully appreciate the movie. The widescreen transfer wasn't done in the superior anamorphic format but besides slight image pixilation now and then, the image quality is very good. The Dolby Digital 2.0 audio track is in the original mono and is clean and well-balanced, even when played through a home entertainment system; audiophiles just shouldn't expect multi-track miracles from a mono soundtrack recorded over three decades ago. This edition also features an audio commentary from director Norman Jewison, who recalls the relative freedom given to him in the more experimental 1960s. Jewison knew that the film was no more than an escapist lark and decided that he (and cinematographer Haskell Wexler and editor Hal Ashby) should use the opportunity to try new things. Many of the most dazzling shots in the movie were captured by Wexler jumping on his skateboard. Even composer Michel Legrand took a completely new approach with his popular score for the picture. Besides this informative and entertaining audio commentary, the only other extras are the original trailer and a fair eight-page booklet on the production.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary by director Norman Jewison; 8-page booklet featuring trivia, production notes and a revealing look at the making of the film; Original theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Norman Jewison's stylish romantic caper, featuring Steve McQueen in a rare cerebral role, is an enjoyably lightweight compendium of '60s film technique. It begins as a cat-and-mouse game between a wealthy businessman (McQueen), who has masterminded a spectacularly complex bank heist for his own amusement, and the brilliant insurance investigator (Faye Dunaway) assigned to the case, but the film slides into a higher gear when they fall for each other. More romance than heist, the film capitalizes on the powerful chemistry of the two stars, who were never photographed as stunningly as they are here by the legendary Haskell Wexler. In a celebrated six-minute set piece, a wordless chess game between the two develops into an increasingly intense pas de deux of visual foreplay; near its climax, a rapt McQueen gazes on while Dunaway contemplatively fondles the head of a bishop. The wariness of the couple, who can never entirely trust one another, only heightens the atmosphere of erotic frisson. Michel Legrand's layers his catchy score with interlocking ostinatos which echo the film's visual motif of circularity, while adding an undercurrent of playfulness. The film's adolescent fantasy of omnipotence may have no more substance than a soap bubble, and its frenetic inventory of '60s visual gimmicks can sometimes seem painfully anachronistic, but it remains a skillfully concocted diversion.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/23/1999
  • UPC: 027616744227
  • Original Release: 1968
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1), Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Letterbox / Full Frame / Mono
  • Sound: monaural
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:22:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 3,160

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steve McQueen Thomas Crown
Faye Dunaway Vicky Anderson
Paul Burke Eddy Malone
Jack Weston Erwin Weaver
Yaphet Kotto Carl
Astrid Heeren Gwen
Biff McGuire Sandy
Carol Corbett Miss Sullivan
John Orchard John
Gordon Pinsent Jamie
Patrick Horgan Danny
Peg Shirley Honey Weaver
Leonard Caron Jimmy Weaver
Harry Cooper Ernie
Victor Creatore
Charles Lampkin
James Rawley
Patty Regan Girl in Elevator
Nikita Knatz Sketch Artist
Addison Powell Abe
Sidney Armus Arnie
Richard Bull Booth Guard
Tom Rosqui Private Detective
Michael Shillo Swiss Banker
Nora Marlowe Marcie
Sam Melville Dave
Ted Gehring Marvin
Judy Pace Pretty Girl
Allen Emerson Don
Todd Martin Benjy
Jon Shank Curley
Johnny Silver Bert
John Zaccaro
Technical Credits
Norman Jewison Director, Producer
Del Armstrong Makeup
Hal Ashby Editor
Alan Bergman Score Composer, Songwriter
Marilyn Bergman Score Composer, Songwriter
Edward Boyle Set Decoration/Design
Robert F. Boyle Art Director
Byron Brandt Editor
Walter Goss Sound/Sound Designer
Alan Levine Costumes/Costume Designer
Michel Legrand Score Composer
Clem Portman Sound/Sound Designer
Jack N. Reddish Asst. Director
Alan R. Trustman Screenwriter
Theadora Van Runkle Costumes/Costume Designer
Haskell Wexler Cinematographer
Ralph Winters Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Standard
0. Scene Selections
1. Logo/Title/Interview [5:32]
2. The Wheeler Dealer [2:10]
3. Puzzling Out a Plot [5:41]
4. Elevated Bank Heist [5:10]
5. The Getaway [3:01]
6. Drop Off/Pick Up [3:30]
7. A Toast to a Genius [2:07]
8. Investigating Beauty [1:54]
9. Pressing Police [1:38]
10. Nothing to Declare [2:08]
11. Swiss Deposit [1:30]
12. Insurance Pays [:55]
13. Meeting Miss Vicky [1:45]
14. Betting on the Green [2:05]
15. Earning Her Keep [1:28]
16. The Windmills of Your Mind [2:48]
17. Smoking Out Answers [2:16]
18. "What's His Name?" [1:50]
19. Polo Play [2:28]
20. Artful Headhunting [5:48]
21. Finking on Your Man [1:06]
22. Hot-Wired Kidnapping [1:45]
23. Goodwill Bribe [3:25]
24. Icy Round Three [3:48]
25. Castle/Chess/Mating [10:28]
26. Dune Buggy Romance [3:37]
27. Fighting Back [6:41]
28. Turning Up the Heat [2:37]
29. "I Can Do It Again!" [3:30]
30. "The Last Supper" [3:14]
31. Cemetery Surprise [4:55]
32. End Credits [:43]
Side #2 -- Widescreen
0. Scene Selections
1. Logo/Title/Interview [5:32]
2. The Wheeler Dealer [2:10]
3. Puzzling Out a Plot [5:41]
4. Elevated Bank Heist [5:10]
5. The Getaway [3:01]
6. Drop Off/Pick Up [3:30]
7. A Toast to a Genius [2:07]
8. Investigating Beauty [1:54]
9. Pressing Police [1:38]
10. Nothing to Declare [2:08]
11. Swiss Deposit [1:30]
12. Insurance Pays [:55]
13. Meeting Miss Vicky [1:45]
14. Betting on the Green [2:05]
15. Earning Her Keep [1:28]
16. The Windmills of Your Mind [2:48]
17. Smoking Out Answers [2:16]
18. "What's His Name?" [1:50]
19. Polo Play [2:28]
20. Artful Headhunting [5:48]
21. Finking on Your Man [1:06]
22. Hot-Wired Kidnapping [1:45]
23. Goodwill Bribe [3:25]
24. Icy Round Three [3:48]
25. Castle/Chess/Mating [10:28]
26. Dune Buggy Romance [3:37]
27. Fighting Back [6:41]
28. Turning Up the Heat [2:37]
29. "I Can Do It Again!" [3:30]
30. "The Last Supper" [3:14]
31. Cemetery Surprise [4:55]
32. End Credits [:43]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Standard
   Play
   Special Features
      Audio Commentary by Norman Jewison
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      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages
         English
         Commentary
      Subtitles
         English
         Fran├žais
         None
Side #2 -- Widescreen
   Play
   Special Features
      Audio Commentary by Norman Jewison
         On
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      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages
         English
         Commentary
      Subtitles
         English
         Fran├žais
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Thomas Mcqueen Affair

    As far as Steve Mcqueen films go this is the best. It has everything :great cutting edge split-screen direction by Norman Jewison, terrific action sequences by Mcqueen(who begged for this role), great supporting roles for Paul Burke and Faye Dunnaway, Oscar winning song by Michel Legrand, million dollar wardrobe, excellent story by Alan Trustman...plus a very erotic sex and chess sequence...dunebuggies and lobster broils on the beach...glider flights...bank robberies...hard to beat a great film like this. Pierce Brosnan had big shoes to fill with the remake, an earnest endeavor it was. This edges out Bullitt as McQueen's best by his portrayal of significantly expressing so easily a glamorous lifestyle everyone dreams about...which is what makes that movie magic.

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