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THEME: New York

Chicken Parmagiana

& New York Baked Cheesecake on a nut base

The Thomas Crown Affair [1999]

Friday JULY 14th

Remakes are often poor, but not this one, it's a masterclass in entertaining film craft, a sophisticated thriller combing the action of an art heist and an intense love story.

Thomas Crown (Pierce Brosnan), a billionaire Manhattan financier, has stolen a painting — from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Why, exactly, did he steal it? That’s the merry enigma the movie revolves around. Catherine Banning (Rene Russo), who is without a doubt the world’s most spectacularly alluring insurance investigator, quickly deduces that Crown is the culprit (which only fuels her attraction to him)

But Crown, a master scoundrel, keeps tripping her up, never more so than when he decides to take the painting back.

Brash, energetic and very sexy, The Thomas Crown Affair is a romp of romantic larceny. There’s a high-tech heist; a ”hot” Latin dance number and a climactic game of will-he-or-won’t-he. What keeps the film aloft and twirling is its blithe, throwaway foxiness — the way it shrugs at the movieness of these caper shenanigans and, at the same time, treats them with freshly minted innocence.

The movie is, of course, a remake of the 1968 Steve McQueen-Faye Dunaway thriller, a picture remembered mostly for its Michel Legrand theme song (”The Windmills of Your Mind”) and the fact that it was one of the first Hollywood films to make complex use of split-screen imagery.

This version, directed with a surprisingly light touch by John McTiernan (Die Hard), improves on the original in several ways, notably in the decision to change Crown from a bank robber to an art thief; his criminality is now more whimsical and more romantic. Rene Russo, with her lush body and gorgeously arrogant jaw, finally has a role that allows her to tap the anger in her sensuality.

When Thomas flies Catherine around in a sleek white glider, zooming over acres of autumnal trees, we take it all in through her lovestruck eyes, and it’s a bubbly, transporting moment. By the end, we understand why Crown, who confesses his loneliness to a shrink (played by Dunaway), has such a dedicated fetish for museum heists. In its sneaky and offhanded way, The Thomas Crown Affair is a tribute to the art of stealing beauty.

The Thomas Crown Affair is way beyond the original, an exceptionally crafted film in all respects and a hallmark of the Producing partnership between Beau St Clair and Pierce Brosnan.

This is a really fun film that ticks most boxes for sheer enjoyment and class entertainment - pure fun.

Turn up in a bowler hat and we’ll give you a free drink.


CAST: Pierce Brosnan, Rene Russo, Faye Dunaway

DIRECTOR: John McTiernan



7:00pm Event opens with welcoming glass of sparkling wine in the courtyard

              Dinner served

7:45pm Film Part 1

8:30pm Interval

8:50pm Film Part 2

9:50pm Film ends & Bar remains open

Exact end times may vary slightly

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PLEASE NOTE: We serve delicious yet simple, two course set menus which are carefully prepared and cooked on site and themed for each event, however we are unable to cater for specific dietary requirements.