Eyebrows were raised when Norman Jewison cast blue-collar Steve McQueen as Thomas Crown, bored society playboy turned master thief.
Yet McQueen understood Crown’s rebel spirit – “he’s my kinda cat,” McQueen declared – and needed only polo lessons to play posh.
His composure carries the slightest of capers, less notable for its relaxed plotting than its oft-parodied ‘sexy chess’ seduction with Faye Dunaway’s investigator.
The Brosnan/Russo remake has more romance, but Jewison’s jazzy, split-screen direction offers a charming time-capsule of the late ’60s.
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