The Sting Reviews
In case you were wondering, these kind of con artists...not very nice people in real life.
Things go awry when Redford's partner is murdered. He goes to Newman, who has since retired & still wanted by the FBI to get the guy responsible for the death of Redford's friend. That said, the movie is a very fun ride. And the main target is someone who is a much greater antagonist & criminal than anybody else. I think this is Redford's best performance. Music is great. Art direction is great. Robert Shaw is absolutely evil. And I love the movie being broken up in separate acts.
The redeeming quality is that for their last sting, they target the most evil of all villains & try to take him for all he's worth. No one can object to this mission. And the way they do it makes for 2 of the most entertaining hours of your life.
The whole meticulous plan and operation these guys have is really intersting to watch unfold. It's like one of those great heist movies only there trying to steal and con a man who is one of the most powerful in the Eastern side of the country. That Detective Snyder is one fat annoying prick. And Lonnegan is one vicious scum bag.
I can see how Ocean's Eleven could have been influenced by this movie. The precise movements and operations. Great use of zoom-in's in this movie. One of the greatest cons was pulled.
Overall, good movie with a good plot. But don't think I'll be watching this one again.
Gondorff (Paul Newman) and Johnny Hooker (Robert Redford) team up to
swindle crime lord Doyle Lonnegan (Robert Shaw), a man who wants Hooker
dead. They assemble a team and hit upon a plan. What follows is complex
and fraught with danger.
Superb - the perfect crime-caper movie. Clever, engaging and entertaining. The sting itself is a
sight to see, so complex and smart you can't stop concentrating for a
Some great sub-plots too. Even when you think they aren't going to go anywhere, ultimately they add a lot to the overall plot.
Paul Newman and Robert Redford are perfectly cast in the lead roles.
They had, four years earlier, teamed up for the excellent Butch Cassidy
and The Sundance Kid and here they reproduce that confidence, swagger
The Sting won the 1974 Best Picture Oscar, plus six other Oscars, including Best Director for George Roy Hill and Best Screenplay for David S Ward.
Fast paced, smart, and a great lead duo makes The Sting a witty and entertaining film.