Combustible Celluloid
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With: Pierce Brosnan, Rene Russo, Denis Leary, Ben Gazzara, Frankie Faison, Fritz Weaver, Charles Keating, Mark Margolis, Faye Dunaway
Written by: Leslie Dixon, Kurt Wimmer, based on a story by Alan R. Trustman
Directed by: John McTiernan
MPAA Rating: R for some sexuality and language
Running Time: 113
Date: 07/27/1999

The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Art and Trash

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

As directed by John McTiernan (Die Hard) this remake of the 1968 Steve McQueen film looks expensive and luxurious but somehow still feels limp and sloppy. Pierce Brosnan takes over the McQueen role as a bored billionaire who becomes an art thief. Rene Russo plays a whip-smart insurance investigator with too much makeup as Brosnan's foil, and the only one who throws any gusto into the movie. Faye Dunaway, who had Russo's part in the original, has a small role here as a shrink and Denis Leary plays an ordinary detective in a refreshing departure from his usual typecasting as a wiseguy. The interesting thumpy, tappy piano score is by Bill Conti. This movie is basically a no-brainer, but has some intrigue and a healthy dose of seduction.

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