• The Sting (1973)

    Powered by JustWatch
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

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

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

Similar Movies

Catch Me if You Can
Catch Me if You Can

Frank Abagnale, Jr. (Leonardo DiCaprio) worked as a doctor, a lawyer, and as a co-pilot for a major airline -- all before his 18th birthday. A master of deception, he was also a brilliant forger, whos...

Stream Online
Ocean's Eleven
Ocean's Eleven

Dapper Danny Ocean (George Clooney) is a man of action. Less than 24 hours into his parole from a New Jersey penitentiary, the wry, charismatic thief is already rolling out his next plan. Following th...

Stream Online
The Grifters
The Grifters

Hard-as-nails Lily Dillon (Anjelica Huston) works as a swindler for dangerous bookie Bobo (Pat Hingle), probably the only man she fears. Arriving in Los Angeles on "business," Lily looks up her son, R...

Stream Online


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