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The Sting
- Paul Newman

Overview - Hoping that box-office lighting might strike twice, George Roy Hill again joined forces with Paul Newman and Robert Redford, who star as con men Henry Gondorff and Johnny Hooker in THE STING. In the Chicago of the 1930s, Johnny's partner, Luther (Robert Earl Jones), is fatally wounded by a victim of one of their scams who turns out to be powerful syndicate boss Doyle Lonnegan (Robert Shaw).  Read more...

 
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Overview

Hoping that box-office lighting might strike twice, George Roy Hill again joined forces with Paul Newman and Robert Redford, who star as con men Henry Gondorff and Johnny Hooker in THE STING. In the Chicago of the 1930s, Johnny's partner, Luther (Robert Earl Jones), is fatally wounded by a victim of one of their scams who turns out to be powerful syndicate boss Doyle Lonnegan (Robert Shaw). Eager for revenge, Johnny takes a tip from his dying partner and seeks out mutual friend Gondorff, a consummate master of the long con. Gondorff rouses himself from his alcoholic inertia and agrees to help Johnny take down the despicable Lonnegan, conscripting an army of grifters ready to avenge their friend's death. The labyrinthine plot, which is stuffed with false leads, red herrings, and a double-cross-a-minute, involves a fake bookie joint, a very persistent FBI agent, a bunch of corrupt cops, and one shifty dame. An extremely entertaining film, the Oscar-winning film transcends the genre through the superb acting of the three leads, the keen attention to the re-creation of period detail, and a fiendishly intricate script that cons audiences completely. The wonderful score, which became immensely popular, featured Marvin Hamlisch's orchestral transcriptions of Scott Joplin's piano rags; the film led to a revival of interest in the composer. The film is one of the most entertaining films of the 1970s and lives up to its hype on repeat viewings.

Awards:
1973 - Academy Awards - Best Picture Winner
1973 - Academy Awards - Best Director Winner
1973 - Academy Awards - Best Original Screenplay Winner
1973 - Academy Awards - Best Costume Design Winner
1973 - Academy Awards - Best Adapted or Musical Song/Score Winner
1973 - Academy Awards - Best Art Direction Winner
1973 - Academy Awards - Best Film Editing Winner
1973 - Academy Awards - Best Art Direction - Set Decoration Winner

Cast List

Charles Durning - American Actor
Brad Sullivan - Supporting Actor
Eileen Brennan - American Actress
James Sloyan
Charles Dierkop - American Character Actor
Arch Johnson - American Character Actor
Archie Johnson - American Character Actor
George Roy Hill - Director
Ray Walston - American Actor
Larry D. Mann
Robert Shaw - Actor/Playwright/Novelist
Ed Bakey - Supporting Actor
Joe Tornatore - American Director
Joseph A. Tornatore - American Director
Marvin Hamlisch - Legendary film composer
Michael Phillips - Producer
Paul Newman - Oscar-winning American actor, THE COLOR OF MONEY
Avon Long - Supporting Actor
Robert Redford - Actor/director/producer
Charles Robert Jr. Redford - Actor/director/producer
Robert Earl Jones - Actor/James Earl's Dad
Earl Jones - Actor/James Earl's Dad
Dimitra Arliss - American Supporting Actress
Dimitra Arlys - American Supporting Actress
Jack Kehoe - American Supporting Actor
Robert Surtees - Director of Photography and father of Bruce Surtees
Edith Head - Oscar winning costume designer, THE STING
Sally Kirkland - American Actress
Harold Gould - American TV/Film Actor
Dana Elcar - American Supporting Actor
John Quade - Supporting Actor
David S. Ward - Screenwriter/Director
Julia Phillips - Producer/author--"You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again"
Tony Bill - Director/actor/producer
David Brown - Producer, worked with Richard Zanuck, began in '73, JAWS

 
Details
    Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-Ray
  • Run Time: 130
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 025192124457
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Rating: PG (MPAA)
  • Release Date: June 2013

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Classic
Organized Crime
Scams And Cons
Vengeance
Recommended
Nostalgic
Theatrical Release
Crime
Essential Cinema

 
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Synopsis:
This lighthearted caper tells the story of two con men who attempt to swindle a powerful racketeer in 1930s Chicago. Johnny Hooker is a young confidence man whose mentor is murdered when they run afoul of syndicate head Doyle Lonnegan. Seeking revenge as well as a career boost, Hooker joins forces with old pro Henry Gondorff. Together the two scam artists cook up a complicated gambling sting that could net them the big score they are looking for.

Notes:
Theatrical Release: December 23, 1973 Shooting locations: Pasadena, Santa Monica, and Los Angeles, CA, and Chicago, IL. George Roy Hill decided to use the Scott Joplin music after hearing his nephew playing it on the piano.

Reviews:
"[A] Depression-era caper in which the actors played con men who attempt to relieve Robert Shaw's murderous gangster of half a million bucks via horse-racing scam." - 06/01/2012 Entertainment Weekly


5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] masterfully smooth grift that's built on golden-age savvy but never feels like a rose-tinted throwback." - 06/01/2012 Total Film

 
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