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The Sting (1973)

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In Chicago in September 1936, a young con man seeking revenge for his murdered partner teams up with a master of the big con to win a fortune from a criminal banker.



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Top Rated Movies #88 | Won 7 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Heffernan ...
Eddie Niles
Jack Kehoe ...
Erie Kid
Dimitra Arliss ...
Robert Earl Jones ...
Luther Coleman (as Robertearl Jones)
Mottola (as James J. Sloyan)
Charles Dierkop ...
Floyd - Bodyguard


When a mutual friend is killed by a mob boss, two con men, one experienced and one young try to get even by pulling off the big con on the mob boss. The story unfolds with several twists and last minute alterations. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Plot Keywords:

con | con man | long con | murder | courier | See All (94) »


...all it takes is a little Confidence. See more »


Comedy | Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

25 December 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Clou  »

Box Office


$5,500,000 (estimated)


$159,600,000 (USA)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Paul Newman's role, Henry Gondorff, was written for an overweight, past one's prime slob, and was a minor character. He was only in about half of David S. Ward's original screenplay, and was intended to be an older, paunchier fellow-a sort of gruff mentor to Johnny Hooker. The producers originally envisioned Peter Boyle to play the role, but Paul Newman loved the screenplay and was eager to play Gondorff. Ultimately, Ward slimmed down the character and beefed up the role to fit Newman. See more »


When Gondorff is sobered up, his hair, position and the state of his soaked pants change between shots. See more »


Luther: How much did you lose?
Johnny Hooker: [winces] All of it.
Luther: In one damn night? What are you spraying money around like that for, you could've been nailed.
Johnny Hooker: I checked the place first. There were no dicks in there.
Luther: But you're a con man! And you blew it like a pimp!
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Crazy Credits

The opening animated logo for Universal Pictures is in 1930s style, matching the movie's setting, instead of the 1970s version. See more »


Referenced in Father Ted: Think Fast, Father Ted (1996) See more »


Rag Time Dance
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User Reviews

You wanna make a film - here's how...
23 December 2005 | by (Blandford Forum England) – See all my reviews

A delicious wheeze from start to finish. Certainly a film that leaves you thinking that you'd like to have been in Henry's gang and played a part in separating Lonnegan from his dough. The editing is pin sharp and beautifully cast with a superb musical track to keep you company. The framing, the photography, the pace all dovetail exquisitely and if you feel left outside of the game plan in your first viewing, never fear, the second time of watching, you'll enjoy it just as much but it will mean more. Certainly it's a film you'll want to see a second time. At least. Oscars rightly by the handful and nominations are full deserved to combine for a winning performance by all concerned. Definitely in my top fifty of all time.

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