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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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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
Dan Dalton
as Messenger
Jose Perez
as Carlos
Larry Bishop
as Gallecher
Frank McCarthy
as Lonnegan's Thug
Richard Adams
as Lonnegan's Thug
Harry James
as Bandleader
Frances Bergen
as Lady Dorsett
Monica Lewis
as Band Singer
Val Avery
as O'Malley
Hank Garrett
as Cab Driver
Sidney Clute
as Ticket Clerk
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
Joe Monte
as Band Leader
Carl Gottlieb
as Maitre d'
Cynthia Cypert
as Girl in Club
Tony Giorgio
as Macalinski's Man
Cassandra Peterson
as O'Malley's Girl
Ron Stein
as Macalinski's Guard
Max Wright
as Floor Manager
Terri Berland
as O'Malley's Girl
Bob Minor
as Savitt
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
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Critic Reviews for The Sting II

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

The twists and turns from there on are more predictable than suspenseful. So are the jokes.

January 8, 2021 | Full Review…

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.

April 14, 2015 | Full Review…

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.

April 14, 2015 | Full Review…
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.

February 23, 2012 | Full Review…

This project should have been axed. Instead, it was made with Robert Redford replaced by Mac Davis(!) and Paul Newman replaced by Jackie Gleason(!!).

February 15, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The film is flat, without any invention or humor. [Full Review in Spanish]

September 3, 2019 | Full Review…

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
RJ MacReady

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