The Sting

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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.

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Following the murder of a mutual friend, aspiring con man Johnny Hooker (Robert Redford) teams up with old pro Henry Gondorff (Paul Newman) to take revenge on the ruthless crime boss responsible, Doyle Lonnegan (Robert Shaw). Hooker and Gondorff set about implementing an elaborate scheme, one so crafty that Lonnegan won't even know he's been swindled. As their big con unfolds, however, things don't go according to plan, requiring some last-minute improvisation by the undaunted duo.

Cast & Crew

Paul Newman
Henry Gondorff
Robert Redford
Johnny Hooker
Robert Shaw
Doyle Lonnegan
Charles Durning
Lt. William Snyder
Ray Walston
J.J. Singleton
John Heffernan
Eddie Niles
Dana Elcar
F.B.I. Agent Polk
Tony Bill
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Michael Phillips
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Critic Reviews for The Sting

All Critics (63) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (59) | Rotten (4)

  • The Sting adopts the playful, quasi-comedic tone evident throughout much of Butch Cassidy. On the whole, however, this is a more upbeat endeavor.

    July 10, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    February 27, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The Sting remains the definitive con artist comedy: as irresistible and ingenious as the scheme that hooks in Doyle.

    January 1, 2015 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    October 1, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Extremely handsome production values and a great supporting cast round out the virtues.

    February 19, 2008 | Full Review…

    A.D. Murphy

    Variety
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  • Top-notch entertainment.

    December 13, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Sting

  • Mar 13, 2019
    All con movies hide an essential secret: that the audiences are the real marks, the targets of the con. George Roy Hill's popular outing is no different, putting "easy smiles" Newman and Redford right out in front to, uhh, easy smile, and distract where the con is going, and this they do with finesse. It's a fun movie, but don't look at it too hard. The secondary cast and the set design and the music all lend themselves well to the spirit of the thing, a looking back on simpler times with fondness.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 05, 2016
    George Roy Hill does his best to sell a pretty bleak story as fun and light-hearted . . . he certainly succeeds and I like how weird the final result is.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 11, 2014
    The Sting is great cinema. Redford and Newman show how well they play off each other in so many films.The story is charming and entertaining.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 27, 2012
    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.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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