The Sting

The Sting

The Sting

Paul Newman and Robert Redford are pair of con artists out to scam a mob boss in this 1973 caper classic. From director George Roy Hill (who previously worked with the two stars in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid). Nominated for 10 Oscars, The Sting picked up seven including Best Picture.

Set in 1930s Chicago, Johnny’s (Redford) partner is killed by racketeer Doyle Lonnegan (Robert Shaw). To avenge the murder, Johnny enlists help from the “greatest con artist of them all” Henry Gondorff (Newman), and plots an elaborate scam to destroy Lonnegan.

Winner of seven Oscars including Best Film, Director and Screenplay, Academy Awards 1974.
1973Rating: PG, N/A129 minsUSA
ComedyDrama
Director:
George Roy Hill ('Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid', 'The World of Henry Orient')
Writer:
David S. Ward
Cast:
Paul NewmanRobert RedfordRobert ShawCharles DurningRay WalstonEileen BrennanHarold Gould

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Variety

Variety

Extremely handsome production values and a great supporting cast round out the virtues.

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Total Film

Total Film

It may be shallow stuff, but the dialogue pings from character to character and the period recreations are to die for.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

The film is so good-natured, so obviously aware of everything it's up to, even its own picturesque frauds, that I opt to go along with it.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

Hill gently kids the, 1930s with his slight exaggerations of fashions and styles. He tells his story episodically, breaking the movie down into the various plateaus of the con game.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

One of those instances where everything good about Hollywood just fell into one place at the right time.

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