The Sting II (1983)


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Although penned by the same screenwriter, David S. Ward, this sequel to The Sting (1973) is tarnished by comparisons to its predecessor. Jackie Gleason fills the shoes of Paul Newman as Harry Gondorff and Mac Davis slips into the Robert Redford role of Johnny Hooker, two con men pals whose latest "sting" involves Hooker pretending to be a down on his luck boxer. Their goal is the fixing of a prizefight, which will rook a tacky nightclub owner (Karl Malden) out of a fortune while simultaneously … More

Rating: PG (adult situations)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Dean Riesner, Anthony Shaffer, David S. Ward
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 3, 2004
MCA Universal Home Video


as Gondorff

as Hooker

as Countess Veronique

as Macalinski

as Lonnegan

as Kid Colors

as Blonde with Kid Colo...

as Carlos

as Messenger

as Gallecher

as Lonnegan's Thug

as Lonnegan's Thug

as Bandleader

as Lady Dorsett

as Band Singer

as O'Malley

as Cab Driver

as Ticket Clerk

as Doc Brown

as Handicap

as Page Boy

as Ring Announcer

as Typhoon Taylor

as Referee

as Band Leader

as Maitre d'

as Girl in Club

as Macalinski's Man

as Macalinski's Guard

as O'Malley's Girl

as Floor Manager

as O'Malley's Girl

as Savitt

as Pyle's Aide, Egon

as Ring Announcer

as Ringside Announcer

as Macalinski's Goon

as Man in Ticket Line

as Doc Brown's Girl

as Bartender Tom

as Doc Brown's Girl
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Critic Reviews for The Sting II

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

Moves slowly, looks terrible and copies the first film shamelessly. Rather than a sequel, it's a retread, with David S. Ward's screenplay supplying hoodlum lingo you could cut with a knife and outlining a set of similar shenanigans.

Full Review… | April 14, 2015
New York Times
Top Critic

First time round, if you got bored with the endlessly twisting convolutions of the scam, there were compensations in the fancifully nostalgic settings and the host of quirky minor characters. This time you stay bored.

Full Review… | April 14, 2015
Time Out
Top Critic

So much of the intricate plot is explained in dialog that the first half of the film often seems like someone reading an instruction book.

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Top Critic

Oliver Reed and Karl Malden are welcome presences, and Teri Garr is the winner on all feminine counts, but this isn't enough to save it.

Full Review… | April 14, 2015
Radio Times

A clumsy counterfeit that is a real-life con game involving the ticket buyer.

Full Review… | April 14, 2015
People Magazine

The film was scripted by David S. Ward, who also wrote the original but added nothing new or special to this sequel.

Full Review… | April 14, 2015
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for The Sting II

Here's a movie that has no right to work, but somehow it does. Jackie Gleason and Mac Davis play the characters made famous by Paul Newman and Robert Redford...and yet, they don't. While their characters share the same last names, and obviously are meant to be the same characters, they all have different first names. I'm not sure what the intention was, but there you have it. When one of their old con gang is murdered by a mobster (same movitation from the first movie), they reuinte their gang to take him for everything he's worth. They are aided and hampered by the mobster they took for $500,000 years before. The individual performances by the two leads are fine enough, but they have none of the natural chemistry shared by Newman and Redford. Oliver Reed takes over for Robert Shaw as the Chicago banker they originally ripped off, and he has a certain fun with his role as the mystery manipulator of many of the characters. Karl Malden is the new mark, and he gives a good performance as the unknowing target of the con men's plan. Teri Garr is wooden as a 2x4 as Davis' love interest, and the lone woman in the con gang. Many people see this as blasphemy to the original, but while it is not even close to being in the same league as the first film, it's still an enjoyable con game, with its own share of twists and turns. Most of them predictable, but there are a couple of "didn't see that coming" moments. An interseting little distraction, and not nearly the cinematic afterbirth its been made out to be.

RJ MacReady

Super Reviewer


Pretty good movie! I got hooked on it when it just started on HBO. Love the old style movies like this looks like the early 50's I enjoyed it.

Guillermo Reyes

It was not as good as the first, but it still had the twist in it, plus had a very well put together cast.

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