The Thomas Crown Affair
(1968) is a heist movie by Normal Jewison, starring Steve McQueen
and Faye Dunaway as, respectively, Thomas Crown, a millionaire businessman who has just pulled off the perfect crime, and Vicki Anderson, an independent insurance investigator contracted to investigate the heist who will get a portion of the stolen money if she manages to recover it. Crown obviously doesn't need the money, but he is constantly in search of diversions
, welcoming Vicki's interest in him as a way to alleviate his boredom, even though she informs him from the start that she is investigating him. Their relationship evolves into a full-blown affair, complicated by Vicki's vow to recover the stolen money.The Thomas Crown Affair
was remade in 1999, starring Pierce Brosnan as Crown and Rene Russo as Catherine Banning, the insurance investigator looking into an art theft masterminded by Crown. Faye Dunaway plays a minor role as Crown's psychiatrist.
The Thomas Crown Affair contains examples of:
- Anti-Hero: both the leads.
- Beleaguered Assistant: Thomas has one, who doesn't understand why the boss keeps complaining about boredom.
- By-the-Book Cop: Eddie Malone, to a degree.
- The Caper: Indeed, it was was almost called The Thomas Crown Caper.
- Combat Pragmatist: Vicki is the detective's version, using every resource, and we do mean every, to win.
- Clock King: Thomas' heist revolves around this.
- Dating Catwoman / In Love with the Mark: Yes indeed.
- Dirty Business: played with. Vicki makes no bones about being unscrupulous, and when Eddie calls her out on this, gives him a "Think Dirty" plaque.
- The Faceless / The Voice: Thomas to his team.
- Foreshadowing: After Vicki beats Thomas at a game of chess, he changes to a different game.
- I Know You're Watching Me: Vicki isn't exactly subtle about keeping the heat on Thomas. He responds with various tricks on her agents.
- Intimidating Revenue Service: Vicki wins by siccing the IRS on Thomas: they can nail him he spends any of the money he stole.
- It Amused Me: Thomas' motivation.
- Ivy League For Everyone
- Karma Houdini: Thomas Crown.
- Nice Hat: Eddie sports a fedora and Vicki has a variety of fancy hats, but Thomas' baseball cap counts purely on coolness points.
- Operation Jealousy: a somewhat less complicated version than in the remake: he just starts going out with other women.
- Orbital Kiss: One of if not the first example.
- The Perfect Crime
- Smart People Play Chess: The game loaded with more Visual Innuendo than you can shake a stick at.
- Smoking Is Cool / Everybody Smokes: Vicki smokes cigarettes from a holder. Thomas smokes cigars.
- Split Screen: Taken to an insane degree during the opening heist with multiple screens for the viewer to follow.
- Swiss Bank Account
- Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: Eddie.
- Take a Third Option
- Tap on the Head: What Thomas does to one of the detectives watching him.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Eddie calls Vicki out for extracting a confession from a man by kidnapping his son. She responds with an I Did What I Had to Do.
Tropes in the remake