The Sting

The Sting

Director: George Roy Hill Cast: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw
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Overview

The Sting

Four years after setting box offices ablaze in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Paul Newman, Robert Redford, and director George Roy Hill re-teamed with similar success for The Sting. Redford plays Depression-era confidence trickster Johnny Hooker, whose friend and mentor Luther Coleman (Robert Earl Jones) is murdered by racketeer/gambler Doyle Lonnegan (Robert Shaw). Hoping to avenge Luther's death, Johnny begins planning a "sting" -- an elaborate scam -- to destroy Lonnegan. He enlists the aid of "the greatest con artist of them all," Henry Gondorff (Paul Newman), who pulls himself out of a drunken stupor and rises to the occasion. Hooker and Gondorff gather together an impressive array of con men, all of whom despise Lonnegan and wish to settle accounts on behalf of Luther. The twists and surprises that follow are too complex to relate in detail -- suffice to say that you can't cheat an honest man, and that you shouldn't accept everything at face value. The Sting became one of the biggest hits of the early '70s; grossing 68.5 million dollars during its first run, the film also picked up seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Adapted Score for Marvin Hamlisch's unforgettable setting of Scott Joplin's ragtime music.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/05/2012
UPC: 0025192139970
Original Release: 1973
Rating: PG
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Time: 2:10:00
Sales rank: 313

Special Features

The Art of the Sting - 3-part Documentary on the creation of the film featuring Interviews with Robert Redford, Paul Newman ; ; Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Newman Henry Gondorff/Mr. Shaw
Robert Redford Johnny Hooker/Kelly
Robert Shaw Doyle Lonnegan
Charles Durning Lt. William Snyder
Ray Walston Singleton
Eileen Brennan Billie
Robert Earl Jones Luther Coleman
Charles Dierkop Floyd
Lee Paul Bodyguard
Sally Kirkland Crystal
Avon Long Benny Garfield
Arch Johnson Combs
Ed Bakey Granger
Brad Sullivan Cole
John Quade Riley
Larry D. Mann Train Conductor
Leonard Barr Burlesque Comedian
Paulene Myers Alva Coleman
Joe Tornatore Black-Gloved Gunman
Jack Collins Duke Boudreau
Tom Spratley Curly Jackson
Kenneth O'Brien Greer
Ken Sansom Western Union Executive
William Benedict Roulette Dealer
James J. Sloyan Mottola
Harold Gould Kid Twist
John Heffernan Niles
Dana Elcar FBI Agent
Jack Kehoe Erie Kid
Dimitra Arliss Loretta Salino
Scott Joplin Piano Rags

Technical Credits
George Roy Hill Director
Tony Bill Producer
Henry Bumstead Art Director
Robert L. Crawford Producer
Ray Gosnell Asst. Director
Marvin Hamlisch Score Composer,Screenwriter
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
James W. Payne Set Decoration/Design
Julia Phillips Producer
Michael Phillips Producer
Ronald Pierce Sound/Sound Designer
William H. Reynolds Editor
Robert Surtees Cinematographer
David S. Ward Screenwriter
Bob Warner Special Effects
Ernest B. Wehmeyer Production Manager
Albert J. Whitlock Special Effects
Richard D. Zanuck Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Sting
1. Main Titles/The First Con [12:10]
2. Lonnegan Strikes Back [11:57]
3. The Set-Up/The Great Henry Gondorff [4:51]
4. The Round-Up [6:01]
5. Playing for Lonnegan [5:28]
6. The Hook [6:02]
7. A Friendly Poker Game [14:25]
8. The Double-Cross [6:43]
9. The Tale [10:15]
10. Hooker on the Lam [5:43]
11. The Wire [6:53]
12. A Federal Case [2:54]
13. The Shut-Out [8:00]
14. Hooker Hooked by the Feds [10:47]
15. The Sting [6:51]
16. The Big Con/End Credits [10:04]

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The Sting 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
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I think this movie still plays out just as well today as it did in the 70's. The story, script, music, and of course, acting are all top-notch. The train scene with Paul Newman and Robert Shaw is a must see. And yes, the con is classic. Great movie from start to finish. Highly recommend it!
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Movies such as Usual Suspects, Sneakers, Bandits and Memento owe a lot to The Sting. It was the original con movie with a twist, and at the time it was released, the ending was a real surprise. But movies released since the 1970's have made the movie-going audience so much more sophisticated about that kind of ending that The Sting doesn't work anymore the way it was originally intended to. Sad, but true. It moves much more slowly than the more current movies, and the ending is more or less predictable. It's still worth watching, though. The cast is wonderful and the actual con is classic.
MrShaw More than 1 year ago
was not played by James Earl Jones, but by his father, Robert Earl Jones, an important figure in the Harlem Renaissance.
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