Bored millionaire Thomas Crown (Steve McQueen) concocts and executes a brilliant scheme to rob a bank without having to do any of the work himself.

When Vicki Anderson (Faye Dunaway), an investigator for the bank's insurance company, takes an interest in Crown, the two begin a complicated cat-and-mouse game with a romantic undertone.

In an attempt to decipher Anderson's agenda, Crown devises another robbery like his first, wondering if he can get away with the same crime twice.

Initial release: 19 June 1968 (USA)
Director: Norman Jewison
Screenplay: Alan Trustman
Music composed by: Michel Legrand








I said he’s never worn a necktie.

 I’ve never seen him in a suit.

Stan said maybe that’s why he’s excited about it.

He wants to do something different.

It worked. I put him in a $2,000 suit.

I talked him into going with Faye Dunaway.

The two of them were really kind of magical.

It was very, very romantic.

There was a lot of sexual tension in the movie.

The film was modelled on the life of noted Belgian thief Tomas Van Der Heijden (played by Steve McQueen) who used a dune buggy to steal seven paintings by French painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir from the Louvre in 1961... 





Cambridge Cemetery, 76 Coolidge Avenue in Cambridge, MA

What about working with McQueen, who was famously difficult?

Steve grew up without a father and was looking for a father.

He worked best with older directors, I noticed.

So, at the beginning, I said, “Steve.

I can’t be your father, but I can be your older brother who went to college.

I can’t do what you do.

I mean you can take apart at Volkswagen and put it together again and build a dune buggy.

I can’t do that, but I’ll always look out for you.”

Eventually, he trusted me.

I told him that making a film was a bond of trust between the director and actor.

So, I got along pretty good with him.


“...he was well-trained, but not necessarily for theatre.

Jewison:“ Yeah, but he wasn’t a stage actor.

He wasn’t the kind of an actor who could mesmerize you on stage with his voice.

But the moment you rolled the camera, he became very real, and he wasn’t acting.

It was him.

He projected himself into the character, and it was something very real was happening, and I admired that about him.

He was a real film star.

There was a certain enigma about him, you know, that was very exciting.“

“...when you see Steve at the peak of his power, he was very special.

He was very cool.

He was the first cool character I ever met.

He was so cool, I didn’t understand what he was saying half the time.

“You’re twisting my melon, man.”

You know, I never understood quite what he was saying.

He was a loner — a total loner — and I swear he was a warlock, because he would behave differently depending on the waxing and waning of the moon.

If there was a full moon, forget about it.

I mean, Steve would get on his bike and disappear, and he’d go out into the desert.

What he did there, I don’t know, but I know that he would disappear for two or three days.

I told this to my first assistant when we started the picture, and I said, “Gotta be very careful about the moon.

We’ve gotta work around the moon.

If we’re coming close to a full moon, let’s not work with Steve.

Let’s shoot something else.”

And there was something about him on camera that was so believable.

When you put an actor on camera, like a famous stage actor let’s say, an Olivier or a Burton, they start to walk like they believe the character would walk.

They start to talk like they believe the character would talk.

They are going into the character from the outside-in.

Steve McQueen was not that kind of actor.“

{Discussing the trash can scene}


The movie was filmed primarily on location in Boston and surrounding areas in Massachusetts and New Hampshire:

  • Second Harrison Gray Otis House at 85 Mt. Vernon St. on Beacon Hill, designed by Massachusetts State House architect Charles Bulfinch in 1800 for Congressman Harrison Gray Otis, was Thomas Crown's residence.[12]

  • The robbery occurred in what was then the Beverly National Bank (fictitiously renamed Boston Mercantile Bank for the film), at the North Beverly Plaza, Beverly, Massachusetts, and 55 Congress St., Boston. The current location is noted as 44 Water Street, the offices of private investment firm Brown Brothers. The interiors were renovated and partially restored in 1999 by the firm GHK, Malcolm Higbee-Glace, Project Manager

  • A scene of the car theft was filmed in downtown Beverly across from City Hall

  • The money-dumpings were shot in Cambridge Cemetery, Coolidge Ave., Cambridge

  • The polo sequences were filmed at the Myopia Hunt Club, 435 Bay Road, South Hamilton

  • The golf sequences were filmed at the Belmont Country Club, 181 Winter St., Belmont

  • The auctions took place in the St. James Ballroom at the Eben Jordan Mansion, 46 Beacon St., Beacon Hill

  • Thomas drove his dune buggy on Crane Beach in Ipswich, Massachusetts

  • The Schweizer SGS 1-23H glider was flown at Salem, New Hampshire.[13]by Roy McMaster (not Steve McQueen)

  • The meat shop scene took place at Blackstone and North streets in Boston's North End

  • Thomas and Vicki walked in the rain in Copp's Hill Cemetery in Boston's North End

  • Thomas and Vicki kissed (wearing formal dress) at the top of Acorn Street on Beacon Hill, a narrow, cobblestoned lane often called "the most photographed street in America"

Other locations included:

Filmed In Boston: “The Thomas Crown Affair” from 1968

"Thomas Crown Affair" scene shot on Acorn Street in Beacon Hill

"Thomas Crown Affair" scene shot on Acorn Street in Beacon Hill

Last night I watched “The Thomas Crown Affair” from 1968 which was filmed in Boston. I haven’t seen this movie in years and it was a treat to see the City of Boston and surrounding areas star in this original production of this title. 


If you know the film here are just a few of the locations you may enjoy re-seeing as they were back in the day:

  • 85 Mt. Vernon Street, Beacon Hill, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
    (Thomas Crown’s residence)

  • Acorn Street, Beacon Hill, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

  • Allston/Brighton Tollbooths – Massachuchetts Pike, Allston, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

  • Anthony’s Pier 4 Restaurant – 140 Northern Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

  • Belmont Country Club – 181 Winter Street, Belmont, Massachusetts, USA
    (golf scenes)

  • Blackstone and North Streets, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
    (meat shop scene)

    Acorn Street today

    Acorn Street today

  • Boston Common, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

  • Cambridge Cemetery – Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
    (money dumping scene)

  • Cambridge Street and Linden Avenue, Allston, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

  • Copp’s Hill, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

  • Crane Beach, Ipswich, Massachusetts, USA
    (dune buggy scene)

  • Myopia Hunt Club – 435 Bay Road, South Hamilton, Massachusetts, USA
    (Polo scenes)

  • National Shawmut Bank – 55 Congress Street, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
    (bank robbery scenes)

  • North End Greenmarket, North End, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

  • Salem, New Hampshire, USA
    (glider flying scenes)

  • South Station – 700 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

  • St. James Ballroom, Jordan Mansion – 46 Beacon Street, Beacon Hill, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
    (auction scenes)

  • Tobin Bridge, Boston, Massachusetts, USA


Possibly the venue where Vicki (insurance investigator) is working ?,-71.0561711,3a,37.5y,48.81h,120.67t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s2i7iay50ARo0a3s0NsC-jw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656





46, Beacon Street, Boston






Plaza in front of Prudential Tower

The building in the background is the Old John Hancock Building ...,-71.0658729,283a,35y,261.96h,65.22t/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x89e37b8850ac1993:0x7556c11794a903d9!8m2!3d42.349824!4d-71.072663?hl=fr


The view with the apartment building on the left (under construction) is the same here:,-71.0801295,3a,90y,72.3h,96.25t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1swzbRQEPZjlOkKQvVgltYyg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
Next to the apartment building (Gloucester Apartments), the supermarket (Star Market) seems not built yet ...
since we see the base corner of the building very well in the black & white picture.
So in Google Street View I indicated, if you turn around to the opposite side, you are at Saks Fifth Avenue ...
probably on a terrace that was there BEFORE Saks was built, since Saks opened in 1971 !
So this is the proof there was something else in 1968: the terrace/plaza where Faye and Norman Jewison were ...
Construction end of Gloucester Apartments: 1967; that is why I asked for the exact months of the filming.
If this construction date is true, that means that the Faye & Director scene takes place in 1967 ...

Very informative Time Line of the Prudential Center:

Maybe they walk towards the Presidential Tower ?
then enter the Presidential Tower ...
Or they are on the plaza just in front the presidential Tower ?

The area in front of the entrance of the Presidential Tower seems now covered for a large part ...


Prudential Tower lobby 1965








This is the "Blue Cross-Blue Shield Building", 1957, by Paul Rudolph": 133 Federal Street...


1- “Criminal Investigation Dept” in the movie


2- So (supposed) Police Headquarters, Berkeley St
3- Now Loews Hotel, lobby images with elevators

















ROOFTOP - 85, Mt.Vernon Street









This view is Water Street, another entrance of the bank  (corner with Congress Street, location of the bank):,-71.056394,3a,75y,287.87h,88.33t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sSVrPFn1d6XWE0glDMMpNWg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656


If you want to know from where it is filmed, turn around ...

it could be filmed from the opposite corner: “Home Office Building Massachusetts Bonding and Insurance Company”

Two views from Crown’s office in the film, are the rooftop of 50 Federal Street (Friends of Post Office Square!)
See details here, balustrade design is exactly similar:
So I think these views are filmed from the building next to it, seems a modern building now
so the building/offices of Crown are probably demolished
It can’t be filmed from the Telephone Building because the view toward the Federal Reserve Bank would not be the right one








{Astrid Heeren}





All the images with the white wrought iron railing are on the top terrace of The Marliave restaurant, now covered: 11 Bosworth Street, Boston,-71.0601866,3a,75y,329.36h,104.94t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s2KUnXBGy4fRHZSUw9_pvJg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656













 Copp’s Hill Burying Ground in Boston, 45 Hull Street,

with Faye Dunaway




















John W Weeks bridge between Boston and Cambridge:,-71.1193143,2a,37.5y,41.56h,86.49t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1ssze8tWhMuCwkORvRJJ2hdA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656










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