Thomas Crown is unbelievable

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German title Thomas Crown is unbelievable
Original title The Thomas Crown Affair
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1968
length 102 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Norman Jewison
script Alan Trustman
production Norman Jewison
Hal Ashby
music Michel Legrand
camera Haskell Wexler
cut Hal Ashby
Byron 'Buzz' Brandt
Ralph E. Winters

Thomas Crown is unbelievable (original title The Thomas Crown Affair ) is a heist movie from 1968 with Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway in the leading roles.


Thomas Crown is a young and successful businessman. However, his life seems a bit unsatisfactory and boring to him. So he decides to carry out the perfect crime: a bank robbery with anonymously hired gangsters. The heist is successful and Thomas Crown takes the loot in a cemetery from a trash can that functions as a dead mailbox .

Vicki Anderson, a freelance insurance detective, is tasked with the investigation. She quickly suspects Thomas Crown and begins to pursue him openly. She also makes no secret of her intention to prove the bank robbery to Thomas Crown and to collect the commission. But soon an intimate relationship develops out of their competition. But Crown wants to know again and organizes another robbery - in the same way. This time Vicki Anderson is waiting with the police in the cemetery. But instead of Thomas Crown there is a messenger in his Rolls-Royce with the message: "I left earlier, come with the money or keep the car."


The film is characterized by the intensive use of split-screen technology . Plots running in parallel are shown in several small windows. This conveys a special dynamic in certain scenes and thus underlines the perfection of the bank robbery based on precise planning. It contains several extreme changes in tempo.

The film shows the longest kiss (55 seconds) in film history at the time. It took Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway eight hours - spread over several days of shooting.

The film was nominated for two Academy Awards ( Oscar ) for its music . The song The Windmills of Your Mind by Michel Legrand (music), Marilyn Bergman and Alan Bergman (text) was awarded. Furthermore, it contains spectacular scenes of a ride in a dune buggy and aerobatic scenes with a glider . In some scenes you can see McQueen with a Ferrari 275 GTB / 4 NART Spyder , a rare and expensive sports car that Vicki drives.

The Mirisch Corporation production was loaned by United Artists . The opening credits were designed by Pablo Ferro .


"A well-groomed and skilfully staged, largely exciting crime film about the conflict between money and love [...] thanks to the two main actors always provided with pleasantly ironic nuances."

“An absolutely brilliantly staged and played intelligent-ironic crime comedy by Norman Jewison, which reflects the zeitgeist of its time of creation and which undoubtedly lives mainly from its stars Faye Dunaway and Steve McQueen. The two make a fascinating couple and provide their relationship with many ironic undertones and a good pinch of eroticism: the kissing scene, for example, was already piquant at the time. "

- Prism Online


A remake called The Thomas Crown Affair was released in 1999 with Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo .

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Individual evidence

  1. ↑ The release certificate for Thomas Crown cannot be grasped . Voluntary self-regulation of the film industry , November 2010 (PDF; test number: 39 551 V).
  2. Thomas Crown is unbelievable. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed January 15, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 
  3. Thomas Crown is unbelievable. In: Prism Online. Retrieved January 15, 2017 .