The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)
MGM – Saturday 1 December, 8.30pm
The original version of this sexy and suspenseful classic, about a handsome, super-cool millionaire businessman, Thomas Crown (Steve McQueen), is also a high-stakes thief. His latest caper is an elaborate heist at a Boston bank. Why does he do it? For the same reason he flies gliders, bets on golf strokes and races dune buggies: he likes the thrill. A beautiful insurance investigator is sent to investigate him (Faye Dunaway). The chess scene is considered to be one of the steamiest scenes on film of all time. Edited and co-produced by Hal Ashby (who went on to direct classics Harold And Maude, Shampoo, Being There, and more).
Director/producer Norman Jewison (Fiddler On The Roof, In The Heat Of The Night, Moonstruck, The Hurricane) sites the French New Wave as an influence in the style he chose for this film. The multi-screen displays are one element of the film that gives it a particularly unique style. Featuring Oscar and Golden Globe winning original music.
Starring: Faye Dunaway, Steve McQueen, Jack Weston, Yaphet Kotto.