Henry Gondorff
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Henry Gondorff (Character)
from The Sting (1973)

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The Sting (1973)
[Figuring out which con to pull on Lonnegan]
J.J. Singleton: I dunno know what to do with this guy, Henry. He's an Irishman who doesn't drink, doesn't smoke, and doesn't chase dames. He's a grand knight in the Knights of Columbus, and he only goes out to play faro. Sometimes plays 15 or 20 hours at a time, just him against the house.
Henry Gondorff: Roulette? Craps?
J.J. Singleton: He won't touch 'em. The croupier at Gilman's says he never plays anything he can't win.
Henry Gondorff: Sports?
J.J. Singleton: Likes to be seen with fighters sometimes, but he doesn't go to the fights or bet on 'em.
Henry Gondorff: Jesus. Does he do anything where he's not alone?
J.J. Singleton: Just poker. And he cheats. Pretty good at it, too.

Johnny Hooker: I gave him the breakout just like you said.
Henry Gondorff: And?
Johnny Hooker: 'S good. He threatened to kill me.
Henry Gondorff: Hell, kid, they don't do that, you know you're not getting to 'em.

Henry Gondorff: Glad to meet you, kid. You're a real horse's ass.
Johnny Hooker: Luther said I could learn something from you. I already know how to drink.

Johnny Hooker: He's not as tough as he thinks.
Henry Gondorff: Neither are we.

[Gondorff enters the poker game pretending to be drunk]
Henry Gondorff: Sorry I'm late. I was taking a crap.

[last lines]
Henry Gondorff: You not gonna stick around for your share?
Johnny Hooker: Nah. I'd only blow it.

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.

Doyle Lonnegan: Mr. Shaw, we usually require a tie at this table... if you don't have one we can get you one.
Henry Gondorff: That'd be real nice of you, Mr. Lonniman!
Doyle Lonnegan: Lonnegan.
[Gondorf nods and burps in response]

Henry Gondorff: Tough luck, Lonnehan. But that's what you get for playing with your head up your ass!

Henry Gondorff: What's your problem?
Doyle Lonnegan: I'm putting half a million dollars on Lucky Dan to win, third race at Riverside Park.
Henry Gondorff: Can't lay that off in time. A bet like that could break us.
[Hooker stares at him incredulously]
Doyle Lonnegan: Not only are you a cheat, you're a gutless cheat as well.
Henry Gondorff: What are the odds?
Eddie Niles: Four to one.
Henry Gondorff: Take all of it!

Henry Gondorff: You have to keep this con even after you take his money. He can't know you took him.

Henry Gondorff: Is Lonnegan after you too?
Johnny Hooker: I don't know. I ain't seen anybody.
Henry Gondorff: You never do, kid.

Johnny Hooker: Listen, Gondorff! Am I gonna learn the big con or not?
Henry Gondorff: What's your hurry?
Johnny Hooker: I want to play for Lonnegan.
Henry Gondorff: You know anything about the guy?
Johnny Hooker: Yeah! He croaked Luther! Anything else I gotta know?
Johnny Hooker: [after he calms down] All right. He runs a numbers racket on the south side. He owns a packing house. A few banks.
Henry Gondorff: Yeah, and half the politicians in New York and Chicago. Not a fix in this world is gonna cool him out if he blows on you.
Johnny Hooker: I'll get him anyway.
Henry Gondorff: Why?
Johnny Hooker: 'Cause I don't know enough about killin' to kill him.
Henry Gondorff: You can't do it alone, you know. It takes a mob of guys like you and enough money to make them look good.
Johnny Hooker: I know plenty of guys.
Henry Gondorff: It's not like playing winos in the street. You can't outrun Lonnegan.
Johnny Hooker: I never played for no winos.
Henry Gondorff: You gotta keep his con even after you take his money. He can't know you took him.
Johnny Hooker: You're scared of him.
Henry Gondorff: Right down to my socks, buster! You're talkin' about a guy who'd kill a grifter over a chunk of money that wouldn't support him for two days!

Doyle Lonnegan: Four nines.
Henry Gondorff: Four jacks.