The Sting II (1983)




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Made ten years after The Sting tickled and impressed audiences, this sequel lacks most of the charm, humor and surprise that made the first film such a hit. Featuring Jackie Gleason and Mac Davis in the roles originally essayed by Paul Newman and Robert Redford, the story centers on the attempts of the two con artists to fix an important prizefight to line their pockets and get revenge upon their nemesis.
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Jackie Gleason
as Gondorff
Mac Davis
as Hooker
Teri Garr
as Countess Veronique
Karl Malden
as Macalinski
Oliver Reed
as Lonnegan
Bert Remsen
as Kid Colors
Kathalina Veniero
as Blonde with Kid Colors
Jose Perez
as Carlos
Dan Dalton
as Messenger
Larry Bishop
as Gallecher
Frank McCarthy
as Lonnegan's Thug
Richard Adams
as Lonnegan's Thug
Ron Rifkin
as Eddie
Harry James
as Bandleader
Frances Bergen
as Lady Dorsett
Monica Lewis
as Band Singer
Danie-Wade Dalton
as Messenger
Val Avery
as O'Malley
Jill Jaress
as Gertie
Al Robertson
as Redcap
Hank Garrett
as Cab Driver
Sidney Clute
as Ticket Clerk
Bob O'Connell
as Clancy
John Hancock
as Doc Brown
Larry Hankin
as Handicap
Jerry Whitney
as Page Boy
Danny Dayton
as Ring Announcer
Tim Rossovich
as Typhoon Taylor
Marty Denkin
as Referee
Rex Pierson
as Healy
Joe Monte
as Band Leader
Carl Gottlieb
as Maitre d'
Cynthia Cypert
as Girl in Club
David Ankrum
as Waiter
Tony Giorgio
as Macalinski's Man
Ron Stein
as Macalinski's Guard
Cassandra Peterson
as O'Malley's Girl
Max Wright
as Floor Manager
Terri Berland
as O'Malley's Girl
Michael Raden
as Fighter
Bob Minor
as Savitt
Ben Baker
as Pyle
Howard Dayton
as Pyle's Aide, Egon
Bill Caplan
as Ring Announcer
Mel Pape
as Ringside Announcer
Guy Way
as Macalinski's Goon
Paul Willson
as Man in Ticket Line
Angela Louise Robinson
as Doc Brown's Girl
Timothy Graham
as Bartender Tom
Ben Baker
as Pyle
Angela Robinson
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 22, 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

Audience Reviews for The Sting II

The sequel to its '73 Best Picture winning predecessor is surprisingly better than what to expect when it's without the original cast especially the dynamic duo of Newman and Redford as there are remaining classical magic going around with the characters and the soundtrack. It's good as the first film with the same rating, but a different letter grade, meaning it's not better (it would be if all of the original cast returned). (B+) (Full review coming soon)

Kyle Mobray
Kyle Mobray

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
Guillermo Reyes

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
RJ MacReady

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