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The Sting

Release Date: December 25th, 1973

DVD Release Date: March 31st, 1998

PG |2 hr 9 min

Plot Summary

Following the murder of a mutual friend, aspiring con man Johnny Hooker (Robert Redford) teams up with old pro Henry Gondorff (Paul Newman) to take revenge on the ruthless crime boss responsible, Doyle Lonnegan (Robert Shaw). Hooker and Gondorff set about implementing an elaborate scheme, one so crafty that Lonnegan won't even know he's been swindled. As their big con unfolds, however, things don't go according to plan, requiring some last-minute improvisation by the undaunted duo.

Cast: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, Charles Durning, Ray Walston, Eileen Brennan, Harold Gould, John Heffernan

Director: George Roy Hill

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Universal Pictures

Distributors: MCA/Universal Home Video, Universal Home Entertainment, Universal Pictures

Keywords: 1930s, Witty, Engaging, Underdog, Quest, Revenge, Deception, Amusing

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    The Sting represents one of the most popular, widely-loved films to win Best Picture in the last half-century and an example of grand entertainment. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The style here is so seductive and witty it's hard to pin down. It's like nothing else I've seen by Hill, and at times, it almost reminds me of Jacques Tati crossed with Robert Altman. It's good to get a crime movie more concerned with humor and character than with blood and gore; here's one, as we say, for the whole family. show more

  • 90
    IGN

    Redford offers just the right amounts of arrogance and innocence to make Hooker a believable hustler but half-hearted scoundrel. show more

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Awards

Winner Directing
Winner Music (Scoring: Original Song Score and Adaptation -or- Scoring: Adaptation)
Winner Art Direction
Nominated Cinematography
Nominated Sound
Winner Costume Design
Nominated Actor
Winner Film Editing
Winner Writing (Story and Screenplay - Based on Factual Material or Material Not Previously Published or Produced)
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Winner Best Picture