The Sting (1973)
Critic Consensus: 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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as Henry Gondorff
as Johnny Hooker
as Doyle Lonnegan
as Lt. William Snyder
as J.J. Singleton
as Kid Twist
as Eddie Niles
as FBI Agent Polk
as Erie Kid
as Luther Coleman
as Alva Coleman
as Roulette Dealer
as Benny Garfield
as Western Union Executive
as Train Conductor
as Burlesque Comedian
as Black-Gloved Gunman
as Duke Boudreau
as Curly Jackson
as Western Union Executive
as Louise Coleman
as Piano Rags
Critic Reviews for The Sting
The Sting adopts the playful, quasi-comedic tone evident throughout much of Butch Cassidy. On the whole, however, this is a more upbeat endeavor.
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.
The Sting remains the definitive con artist comedy: as irresistible and ingenious as the scheme that hooks in Doyle.
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.
Extremely handsome production values and a great supporting cast round out the virtues.
Audience Reviews for The Sting
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.
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.
Four years after setting box-office records with "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid",actors Paul Newman and Robert Redford and director George Roy Hill re-teamed with bigger commercial success with "The Sting" which became one of the top ten highest grossing films of 1973. Set in the depression era of 1930's Chicago,it stars Robert Redford who plays depression-era trickster Johnny Hooker,whose friend and mentor Luther Coleman(Robert Earl Jones,who is the brother of famed actor James Earl Jones)is murdered by racketeer/gambler Doyle Lonnegan(Robert Shaw). Hoping to avenge Luther's death,Johnny beings planning a sting--or an elaborate scam to destroy Lonnegan. He enlists the help and 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 team up to take down Lonnegan along with their assortment array of scam artists and con men to settle all accounts on behalf of Luther while staying one step ahead of the mob and the police. With an assorted cast that features Charles Durning, Ray Walston, Eileen Brennan, Ed Bakey,and Leonard Barr, "The Sting" became a huge boxoffice smash grossing 68.5 million dollars during its first run and went to become one of biggest hits in the history of Universal Pictures where it was the third highest grossing picture of 1973, behind "The Exorcist",and "American Graffiti". Nominated for an impressive 10 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director(George Roy Hill), Best Actor (Paul Newman), Best Supporting Actor (Robert Redford),and Best Original Score (Marvin Hamilsch). It was victorious in winning 7 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director(George Roy Hill), Best Original Screenplay(David S. Ward),and Best Adapted Score (Marvin Hamlisch). The success of "The Sting" was the next to last of the teaming of actors Robert Redford, Paul Newman and director George Roy Hill. However,four years after the success of "The Sting",actor Paul Newman and director George Roy Hill team up again but this time around for one of the funniest sports comedies ever made "Slap Shot" which became even a bigger hit and one of the best comedies to ever grace the mid-1970's.
The Sting Quotes
|Johnny Hooker:||Can you get a mob together?|
|Henry Gondorff:||After what happened to Luther I don't think I can get more than two, three hundred guys.|
|Henry Gondorff:||Sorry I'm late guys, I was taking a crap|
|Henry Gondorff:||Sorry I'm late guys, I was taking a crap.|
|Johnny Hooker:||He's not as tough as he thinks.|
|Henry Gondorff:||Neither are we.|
|Henry Gondorff/Mr. Shaw:||Sorry fellas, I'm late because I had to take a crap.|