The Thomas Crown Affair | Chicago Reader

The Thomas Crown Affair

A remake of the 1968 heist movie that starred Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway, with Dunaway returning as the hero's psychiatrist. This time Pierce Brosnan plays the gentleman thief, and he's pursued by Rene Russo—who depicts an insurance detective and all-around superwoman with so much sexy panache that she's the main reason for seeing this movie. Too bad the script (by Alan R. Trustman, Leslie Dixon, and Kurt Wimmer) eventually demotes her in favor of Crown's superior genius. John McTiernan (Die Hard, Die Hard With a Vengeance) directed and Denis Leary costars. Like the original, it's highly enjoyable trash that probably needs the big screen in order to register as pop myth—it may evaporate entirely on video. But the myth by now is slightly shopworn, and the older folks in the audience might get the most pleasure out of it.

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