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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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John Heffernan ...
Eddie Niles
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Jack Kehoe ...
Erie Kid
Dimitra Arliss ...
Loretta
Robert Earl Jones ...
Luther Coleman (as Robertearl Jones)
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Mottola (as James J. Sloyan)
Charles Dierkop ...
Floyd - Bodyguard
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Bodyguard
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Storyline

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

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Recapture "the STING Experience". REMEMBER HOW GOOD THE FEEL WAS THE FIRST TIME (re-release) See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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26 December 1973 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Der Clou  »

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Budget:

$5,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$159,600,000 (USA)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When filming was completed, Robert Shaw invited George Roy Hill over to Ireland for what turned into a two-day pub crawl. "I think we must have hit every pub in in West Ireland", said Hill. "And I made the mistake of trying to keep up with him drink for drink". Back at Shaw's home, Hill collapsed exhausted into bed, only to be woken up by the sound of screaming. Downstairs in the games room, Shaw was stripped to his shorts pummelling an opponent into submission at ping-pong yelling, "One more game, you son of a bitch, one more game". See more »

Goofs

In the bathroom scene Hooker can be seen saying "He didn't tell me you was a fuck-up either". This has been looped to replace it with the less profane "He didn't tell me you was a screw-up either". (The grammar error is scripted). See more »

Quotes

Doyle Lonnegan: Not only are you a cheat, you're a gutless cheat as well.
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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 »

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Referenced in Men in Black (1997) See more »

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Rag Time Dance
(1906) (uncredited)
Written by Scott Joplin
Conducted and Adapted by Marvin Hamlisch
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And Don't Forget Scott Joplin!
21 February 2005 | by (Washington, D.C.) – See all my reviews

I agree 100 percent that this is a wonderful movie. I first saw it over 30 years ago, and it remains vivid in my mind while I can't remember zip about movies I saw last week which others have praised and I found wanting. I can't think of another film about double and triple crosses that deserves to be mentioned in the same sentence with "The Sting" (which doesn't mean that some of the others haven't been good). In addition to all the things that others have praised, one of the most memorable features of this film is the use of a Scott Joplin rag, which both lends a distinctive period touch and adds a sense of fast-paced motion to the action. I'm not much for ranking films -- top five, top ten, top 250 -- but this is one of the best. If you haven't already seen it, drop everything and find the DVD. As pure entertainment, it can't be beat.


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