In , Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway served up a s sexy confection of skimpy clothes and clever heists. John McTiernan turns the flick into a sultry, almost jaded, romance. Thomas Crown Pierce Brosnan, slick from practicing seduction as James Bond is a power-lunching, billionaire robber-baron who gets his kicks stealing art treasures from taxpayer-supported museums. Catherine Olds Banning played by the tough, but sexy Rene Russo is the insurance company detective determined to get back the painting he steals at the beginning of the film. If she can get it, she will save her insurance conglomerate a nice chunk of change. The billionaire and the detective try everything to outsmart each other including a highly charged love affair that's a heated mix of business and pleasure.
While he's unable to connect with any one woman in a romantic sense due to his lack of trust -- a fact he discusses with his psychiatrist FAYE DUNAWAY -- his ability to close any business deal for a huge profit has left him hungry for another conquest. Soon thereafter, she directly asks what he's done with the valuable painting. While he mischievously denies any wrongdoing, from that point on a cat and mouse chess game ensues where the formidable opponents -- who both enjoy this new challenge and the fact that sparks are flying between them -- try to outsmart the other.