The Sting (1973)
Critic Consensus: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, and director George Roy Hill prove that charm, humor, and a few slick twists can add up to a great film.
Four years after setting box offices ablaze in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Paul Newman, Robert Redford, and director George Roy Hill re-teamed with similar success for The Sting. Redford plays Depression-era confidence trickster Johnny Hooker, whose friend and mentor Luther Coleman (Robert Earl Jones) is murdered by racketeer/gambler Doyle Lonnegan (Robert Shaw). Hoping to avenge Luther's death, Johnny begins planning a "sting" -- an elaborate scam -- to destroy Lonnegan. He enlists the aid of "the greatest con artist of them all," Henry Gondorff (Paul Newman), who pulls himself out of a drunken stupor and rises to the occasion. Hooker and Gondorff gather together an impressive array of con men, all of whom despise Lonnegan and wish to settle accounts on behalf of Luther. The twists and surprises that follow are too complex to relate in detail -- suffice to say that you can't cheat an honest man, and that you shouldn't accept everything at face value. The Sting became one of the biggest hits of the early '70s; grossing 68.5 million dollars during its first run, the film also picked up seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Adapted Score for Marvin Hamlisch's unforgettable setting of Scott Joplin's ragtime music. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi … More
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as Henry Gondorff
as Doyle Lonnegan
as Lt. William Snyder
as J.J. Singleton
as Kid Twist
as Eddie Niles
as FBI Agent Polk
as Erie Kid
as Luther Coleman
as Alva Coleman
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as Train Conductor
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Critic Reviews for The Sting
As for Newman and Redford, they have developed a form of instant communication. Words are not as important as they way they look at each other. Call it as snow job or call it acting, it is very pleasing to watch.
Newman and Redford pass a few facial expressions between them and try to cool each other out. If there ever was much of a script, it can be said to have gone to waste.
Extremely handsome production values and a great supporting cast round out the virtues.
The film ends up relying on different chapter headings to explain what's going on, but it's all very professional, with fine attention to period detail.
Audience Reviews for The Sting
Paul Newman and Robert Redford shine together in this brilliant and hugely amusing caper film that offers us, among many notable qualities, an ingenious (and unpredictable) plot that plays like a refined sleight of hand trick and a marvelous production design.
Four years after setting box-office records with "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid",actors Paul Newman and Robert Redford and director George Roy Hill re-teamed with bigger commercial success with "The Sting" which became one of the top ten highest grossing films of 1973. Set in the depression era of 1930's Chicago,it stars Robert Redford who plays depression-era trickster Johnny Hooker,whose friend and mentor Luther Coleman(Robert Earl Jones,who is the brother of famed actor James Earl Jones)is murdered by racketeer/gambler Doyle Lonnegan(Robert Shaw). Hoping to avenge Luther's death,Johnny beings planning a sting--or an elaborate scam to destroy Lonnegan. He enlists the help and the aid of the greatest con artist of them all,Henry Gondorff(Paul Newman),who pulls himself out of a drunken stupor and rises to the occasion. Hooker and Gondorff team up to take down Lonnegan along with their assortment array of scam artists and con men to settle all accounts on behalf of Luther while staying one step ahead of the mob and the police. With an assorted cast that features Charles Durning, Ray Walston, Eileen Brennan, Ed Bakey,and Leonard Barr, "The Sting" became a huge boxoffice smash grossing 68.5 million dollars during its first run and went to become one of biggest hits in the history of Universal Pictures where it was the third highest grossing picture of 1973, behind "The Exorcist",and "American Graffiti". Nominated for an impressive 10 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director(George Roy Hill), Best Actor (Paul Newman), Best Supporting Actor (Robert Redford),and Best Original Score (Marvin Hamilsch). It was victorious in winning 7 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director(George Roy Hill),
Best Original Screenplay(David S. Ward),and Best Adapted Score (Marvin Hamlisch). The success of "The Sting" was the next to last of the teaming of actors Robert Redford, Paul Newman and director George Roy Hill. However,four years after the success of "The Sting",actor Paul Newman and director George Roy Hill team up again but this time around for one of the funniest sports comedies ever made "Slap Shot" which became even a bigger hit and one of the best comedies to ever grace the mid-1970's.
The Sting is a well crafted caper film with a great cast of talented actors under the direction of George Roy Hill and the result is an exciting and entertaining picture. The plot is effective, thrilling, dramatic right up to the final shot. The film strength is really in the performances of the cast, and the strong script by David S. Ward. This is a very entertaining film that is a must see for fans of classic cinema. This is one of the best heist films that was made in the 1970's. Paul Newman is great here and starring opposite Robert Shaw is one of the high points of the film. This is simply put a well executed film that is engaging from start to finish. If you heist flicks, then you should check this film out. With a great cast delivering some memorable performances, George Roy Hill has made a stunning masterwork of cinema, and this is among the greatest films ever made. If you're a fan of great cinema, then this is the perfect film for you. The buildup to the climax is wonderful. There's plenty of substance to the story which adds so much to the standard Heist film formula. This is a well paced and very entertaining film that remains one of the best examples of excellent 1970's filmmaking. The Sting is one of director's George Roy Hill's best films and it remains a classic of the genre due to the fact that it's simple, yet has a very well written script and is supported by a great cast.
The Sting Quotes
|Johnny Hooker:||He's not as tough as he thinks.|
|Henry Gondorff:||Neither are we.|
|Henry Gondorff/Mr. Shaw:||Sorry fellas, I'm late because I had to take a crap.|
|Henry Gondorff/Mr. Shaw:||I'd been her sooner but I had to take a crap.|
|Johnny Hooker/Kelly:||You got the wrong guy, pal. I been home with the flu all day. You can stake out my toilet if you want.|
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