The Thomas Crown Affair – Alan Trustman

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The Thomas Crown Affair is a 1968 American neo noir heist film directed and produced by Norman Jewison and starring Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway. It was nominated for two Academy Awards, winning Best Original Song for Michel Legrand‘s “The Windmills of Your MindWiki

The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) Trailer

The Thomas Crown Affair is a 1999 American romantic thriller film directed by John McTiernan and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was written by Leslie Dixon and Kurt Wimmer and is a remake of the 1968 film of the same name.[2][3] Its story follows Thomas Crown, a billionaire who steals a painting from an art gallery. This causes an attractive insurance investigator to pursue him for the crime and before long the two fall in love. It stars Pierce BrosnanRene Russo and Denis Leary.

The Thomas Crown Affair Official Trailer #1 – Pierce Brosnan, Rene Russo Movie (1999) HD

The film was produced by United Artists and Irish DreamTime and was released on August 6, 1999. It grossed $14.6 million during its opening weekend and $124.3 million worldwide, against a budget of $48 million.[4] It received positive reviews and has a 70% approval rating based on 32 votes on Rotten Tomatoes.[5] Wiki

Alan Trustman

Alan Trustman (born December 16, 1930) is an American lawyer, screenwriter, pari-mutuel operator and currency trader. He is best known for writing the 1968 film, The Thomas Crown AffairBullitt, and They Call Me Mr. Tibbs!, in his movie career.

In 1967, Trustman wrote his first screenplay, The Thomas Crown Affair. His law office overlooked the First National Bank of Boston, where he had worked during the summer of 1954, and his knowledge of the bank procedures led to the movie about a millionaire businessman who commits a perfect crime, a robbery by five men who do not know each other and never meet until the robbery, in which each has a separate role. Insurance adjuster Faye Dunaway figures out who is responsible for the crime but falls in love with the miscreant. The initial screenplay took 30 days to write.[1]Trustman had written the script for Sean Connery but producer Walter Mirisch and director Norman Jewison cast Steve McQueen, who had been pursuing the role, the first in which he plays against his usual blue-collar man of action persona. Trustman felt the script had to be rewritten for McQueen and spent a week of 16-hour days at United Artists in New York screening film on McQueen and making lists of what McQueen liked, didn’t like, did well, and could not do. McQueen loved the rewrite, and told everyone “I don’t know how but the son of a bitch knows me.”[2]

The movie was Faye Dunaway’s favorite.[1]

Fay Dunaway

The success of The Thomas Crown Affair was followed by another McQueen movie, Bullitt, which Trustman wrote in 20 hours. It grossed a then impressive $62 million. In 2004, The New York Timesplaced the film on its list of The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made.[3]

Both Thomas Crown and Bullitt have iconic scenes, Thomas Crown the erotic chess game between McQueen and Dunaway culminating in one of moviedom’s longest kisses.[4] Critic Penelope Gilliattdescribed it as “two goldfish going after the same crumb”, and the scene has since been parodied in numerous films, the most famous being Peter Sellers‘ seduction of Shirley MacLaine in Being There (1979) while the two characters watch the film on television. Bullitt has the often copied car chase through the San Francisco hills.[5][6]

He also wrote They Call Me Mister Tibbs! (1970), Lady Ice (1973) and Hit! (1973).

Steve McQueen

Trustman left the movie business after four years when he refused to write McQueen’s racing car picture, Le Mans, because McQueen insisted the hero had to be a loser. After the argument, he was no longer known as Steve McQueen’s writer and, as he puts it, “the phone stopped ringing.”[7]

He worked on the scripts for Crime and Passion (1976) and The Next Man (1976). In 1987 he wrote a script for Bullit 2 but it was not made.[8] In 1992 his novel Father’s Day was published.[9]

Later on he wrote an episode of Fallen Angels based on a story by Raymond Chandler.[10] He was executive producer on The Tracker (1988). In 1999 Roger Corman was going to make a film based on a Trustman script called Our Man Ho but it was never made.[11]

At the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, Trustman was honored for his part in film history at the annual “For the Love of Cinema” awards dinner. “Alan has made his name with intelligent, subtly ironic dialogues and with the complexity of his scripts”, said Georges Kern, IWC Schaffhausen’s CEO, introducing Trustman.[12]Wiki

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