The Sting

The Sting

George Roy Hill (1973)

123min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
These things rarely come off, but the reteaming of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid stars Paul Newman and Robert Redford and their director George Roy Hill proved to be a glorious triumph, and this period romp raced away with seven Oscars. Newman and Redford play conmen who, after the death of an old chum, set about fleecing dangerous mobster Robert Shaw out of a fortune. The sting itself is as audacious as it is elaborate, but the real pleasure comes from the chemistry between the two leads, the lovingly created 1930s settings and Marvin Hamlisch's inspired reworking of Scott Joplin's music. The excellent supporting cast includes Charles Durning, Eileen Brennan and Ray Walston.

Summary

Two conmen decide to swindle a mobster out of a fortune in revenge for the murder of a mutual friend. Enlisting the help of a host of crooks, they quickly conjure up a brilliant scheme to make him pay for his crime. Oscar-winning Depression-era comedy drama, starring Robert Redford, Paul Newman, Robert Shaw, Charles Durning and Eileen Brennan.

Cast & Crew

Henry Gondorff Paul Newman
Johnny Hooker Robert Redford
Doyle Lonnegan Robert Shaw
Lt William Snyder Charles Durning
JJ Singleton Ray Walston
Billie Eileen Brennan
Kid Twist Harold Gould
Eddie Niles John Heffernan
FBI Agent Polk Dana Elcar
"Erie Kid" Joe Erie Jack Kehoe
Loretta Dimitra Arliss
Luther Coleman Robert Earl Jones
Director George Roy Hill
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Cinema Arts (International) LtdGuidance: May be edited for language.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Comedy Drama