A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Don't fall in love with a bank robber. People are willing to give up only so much for love. Every crime has a personality that reflects the nature of the mind that planned it.
Positive Role Models
Tommy is a suave, refined, wealthy man of the world so bored he needs to commit a perfect crime to amuse himself. Vicki is a brilliant, driven investigator who always gets her man.
Violence & Scariness
Armed thieves point guns at innocent passersby during a bank heist. In the course of a precision robbery, a crew member shoots someone in the leg.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A man and woman play chess in a long scene filled with sexual tension. The woman suggestively caresses a chess piece, eliciting a smile from the man. The scene ends with closeups of them kissing. We see them in bed, presumably after sex. There's no nudity. Someone refers to an affair as a "sex orgy."
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Products & Purchases
The movie was remade in 1999 and another remake is in the works.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults smoke cigarettes and cigars and drink alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Thomas Crown Affair was a stylish offering in 1968 (remade in 1999) that defined characters with clothing, pastimes, music, and editing. The superficial beauty of Faye Dunaway and Steve McQueen might make it easy to miss the dilemmas posed -- what does a rich guy do to amuse himself and can a career woman give up love in favor of collecting the reward for catching a thief? Adults smoke cigarettes and cigars and consume alcohol. A couple kisses, and are shown in bed after sex, but there's no nudity. Someone refers to an affair as a "sex orgy." Armed thieves point guns at innocent passersby during a bank heist. In the course of a precision robbery, a crew member shoots someone in the leg. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Taken at face value, The Thomas Crown Affair is an engaging caper. Casting McQueen as a debonair finance guy in a three-piece suit was a canny departure given his usual film persona as ruggedly unflappable cool guy (the hard-driving cop in Bullitt, for example). He gives an Ivy League financier a renegade roguishness, making him believably obsessed with "who I want to be tomorrow." Some viewers may be nagged by the amorality of both the handsome, well-dressed thief and the beautiful, well-dressed lover-antagonist who seeks to bring him down. The lovers' conflict and attraction have the same roots -- Vicki never hides that she's going after him for a reward and he never denies he's committed the robbery. She is proud of being good at her job, even though she loves him, and he's proud of screwing the system, even though the system has been good to him.
Odd editing (framing different simultaneous action in rectangular windows arranged on the screen likes building blocks), an intrusive jazz score (notably famed composer Michel Legrand's hit song The Windmills of Your Mind, which won Best Original Song Oscar), and an emphasis on style over substance makes this film memorable and dated at the same time. Also, notably, the movie never says it aloud, but it clearly addresses the predicament of the few professionally-successful women who were out there 50 years ago. What Vicki probably had sacrificed in her life to become respected and valued at work might have made it extremely difficult for her to give it all up, even for love.
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