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Super Reviewer
½ February 15, 2016
Paul Newman and Robert Redford shine together in this brilliant and hugely amusing caper film that offers us, among many notable qualities, a marvelous production design and an ingenious (and unpredictable) plot that plays like a refined sleight-of-hand trick.
February 3, 2016
Stands test of time well. Such a god sting that it had me fooled. Newman and Redford are both excellent in nicely paced and executed film.
January 12, 2016
Ain't no Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, but it will do.
January 5, 2016
The Sting is an expertly crafted film with exceptional performances that can genuinely be considered a masterpiece.
January 3, 2016
Needed some assistance in following the plot from start to finish, but long live 'The Entertainer'...
½ January 1, 2016
Two funny cons, a story in episodes, very original. A classical film
December 20, 2015
For some reason The Sting didn't really keep my attention, even with the all-star cast.
½ December 10, 2015
From the set design, clothes, music, legendary actors and a great fun entertaining plot The Sting has everything that the classic glory days of Hollywood movies should have. Can they pull such an elaborate con off? One of the great motion pictures of all time. Classic
November 28, 2015
The sting is a revenge movie but unlike a lot of movies where the goal of the protagonist is to kill or physically hurt the villain, the goal of the protagonist is to con him out of a large sum of money. The plot of the movie is great and is told in a different manner. Paul Newman and Robert Redford are so likable as the two leads. A great plot, a great script, humor and charm and some smart plot twists make for a great movie. 5/5 TIMELESS CLASSIC.
November 11, 2015
Clearly an attempt to re-join one of films' best buddy teams following the success of Butch Cassidy. Not nearly as good as Butch Cassidy, but good and watchable nonetheless. A good plot, and Newman and Redford did a nice job together. Some interesting twists too. Just don't expect another Butch Cassidy.
October 28, 2015
The Sting delivers exactly what its title promises: a sharply clever, witty and entertaining ride with escalating surprises until the very end. All this is complimented by its very stylized Depression-era look, inspired by the art of Norman Rockwell and music of Scott Joplin.
Super Reviewer
October 20, 2015
George Roy Hill's remarkably rewarding ingeniously constructed motion picture that is immensely entertaining, with an exquisite intricate Academy Award winning original screenplay by David S. Ward, that throws twist after twist at us, and keeps us fascinated and glued to the screen. The film takes place in Joliet, Illinois circa 1936, It re-teams the late great Paul Newman and Robert Redford who each deliver delightfully colorful performances as Henry Gondoriff and Johnny Hooker, a pair of con artists out to swindle a ruthless Irish racketeer named Doyle Lonnegan, played by the late Robert Shaw in a bravura performance, out of $500,000 dollars as payback for the murder of Redford's mentor and partner Luther Coleman, nicely played by Robert Earl Jones, Gondoriff and Hooker assemble a small army of grifters to help in finally breaking Lonnegan for good. The great musical score by the late Marvin Hamlisch is a memorable Oscar winning adaptation of Scott Joplin's ragtime classics, that sets the mood for the film and instantly makes it come alive. The cast propels this film into lasting greatness, Newman and Redford have tremendous chemistry together and the dynamics between them is absolutely fantastic, they are one of the greatest screen acting duos of all-time. impeccable supporting performances by the late Charles Durning, Ray Walston, Eileen Brennan, Harold Gould, Dana Elcar, and Jack Kehoe. Special kudos must go to Robert Shaw for his intensely commanding performance as Lonnegan, who's simple stare is unnerving. Splendid cinematography by Robert Surtees, with fabulous art direction by Henry Burnstead, and superb costume designs by Edith Head. This exuberant film has a great wrap up scene as Gondoriff and Hooker prepare to rip-off the big-bundle from Lonnegan, in one of the most inventive schemes and the greatest double-cross ever depicted in cinematic history. Winner of 7 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director: George Roy Hill, Best Art Direction: Henry Burnstead, James W. Payne, Best Costume Design: Edith head, Best Film Editing: William Reynold, Best Music, Scoring Original Song Score and / or Adaption Marvin Hamlisch, Best Writing, Story and Screenplay David S. Ward. Highly Recommended.
½ October 17, 2015
It's basically about the fact that two very handsome actors, Newman and Redford, could have second careers as male models.
October 16, 2015
Watched this on 16/10/15
The Sting has a good cast, a few good twists and a rather simple plot. It lags a lot in the first half, but once it gets going, thanks to the stars, the camera work and good direction, it's a fun experience.
August 2, 2015
The Sting reunites Butch Cassidy collaborators director George Roy Hill and actors Newman and Redford to demonstrate once again how to make a terrific movie with charisma, wit, and a handful of wicked surprises.
July 16, 2015
one of my all time favorite movies still watch every so often and still love it
. if not seen yet recomened it
June 21, 2015
one of my all time favorites
June 10, 2015
The Sting is one of those rare instances where everything good about Hollywood just fell into one place at the right time. The two coolest guys of the 70s teamed up with a young screenwriter with an original idea and a director who knew a thing or two about capturing an era, and together they made one of the most synergetic films of all time. The Sting is a wholly delightful romp, with crisp '30s fashions and Scott Joplin's ragtime music setting off the '70s glamour of Robert Redford and Paul Newman as two arch-grifters pulling an elaborate con to get revenge on scowling Robert Shaw. David S. Ward made his name with this original screenplay, and managed to lure audiences in with the easy-going charm of the characters and the gentle humor of the story, all the better to hide in plain sight the seeds for one of cinema's great twist endings.
May 7, 2015
a really, really good movie with (for me) a crappy ending. Why do people like how this ends so much? It feels less like some clever twist than kind of bullshit. But hey, different strokes I guess. Robert Shaw rocks.
May 6, 2015
klasika! zakon! ovoj film ne se skoka, tuku se gleda i po nekolku pati :)
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