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The Sting (1973)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  26 December 1973 (UK)
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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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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 <>

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Plot Keywords:

con | con man | long con | murder | courier | See All (92) »


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


Comedy | Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

26 December 1973 (UK)  »

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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In the poker game, no one buys any chips. "This is a gentleman's game, we assume you are all good for your debts." But later, the conductor has a great deal of cash, to pay people off who say: "Cash me in." This is when the last player besides Gondorff and Lonnegan is cashing out, and he claims to have broken even, implying the other Gentleman had lost, and their chips were on the table. The remaining cash the conductor has is the lost money from those other players for the excess remaining chips on the table besides those for Gondorff and Lonnegan's personal piles. See more »


Doyle Lonnegan: Not only are you a cheat, you're a gutless cheat as well.
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Written by Scott Joplin
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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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