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The Sting -- Johnny Hooker is a young con-man who is being taught by Luther. One day they pull one of their con jobs and net themselves a huge roll. What they don't know is that the man they conned is the courier for a numbers runner. And it turns out that the boss, Doyle Lonigan, considers it an attack on him and orders all the people involved terminated. Hooker is shaken down by a crooked cop, Snyder, who threatens to turn him over to Lonigan unless he pays him off. Hooker pays him, he then tries to warn Luther but is too late. He then goes to see Henry Gondorf, a friend of Luther's and a one time great con-man, who has had a bit of bad luck. After hearing what happened to Luther and seeing how hungry Hooker is for payback, he assembles a gang and decides to con Lonigan. While everything seems to be going ok, there is just the problem of the hit on Hooker and Snyder, whom Hooker paid off with counterfeit money.
The Sting -- In 1930s Chicago, 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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Writer (WGA):
David S. Ward (written by)
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Release Date:
26 December 1973 (UK) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Paul Newman ... Henry Gondorff

Robert Redford ... Johnny Hooker

Robert Shaw ... Doyle Lonnegan

Charles Durning ... Lt. Wm. Snyder

Ray Walston ... J.J. Singleton

Eileen Brennan ... Billie

Harold Gould ... Kid Twist
John Heffernan ... Eddie Niles

Dana Elcar ... F.B.I. Agent Polk
Jack Kehoe ... Erie Kid
Dimitra Arliss ... Loretta
Robert Earl Jones ... Luther Coleman (as Robertearl Jones)

James Sloyan ... Mottola (as James J. Sloyan)
Charles Dierkop ... Floyd - Bodyguard

Lee Paul ... Bodyguard

Sally Kirkland ... Crystal
Avon Long ... Benny Garfield
Arch Johnson ... Combs
Ed Bakey ... Granger
Brad Sullivan ... Cole

John Quade ... Riley
Larry D. Mann ... Train Conductor
Leonard Barr ... Burlesque House Comedian
Paulene Myers ... Alva Coleman
Joe Tornatore ... Black Gloved Gunman
Jack Collins ... Duke Boudreau
Tom Spratley ... Curly Jackson
Kenneth O'Brien ... Greer
Ken Sansom ... Western Union Executive
Ta-Tanisha ... Louise Coleman
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Roulette Dealer (as William Benedict)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Patricia Bratcher ... Manicurist (uncredited)
Robert Brubaker ... Bill Clayton from Pittsburgh (uncredited)
Peter Paul Eastman ... Poker Playet (uncredited)

Kathleen Freeman ... Kid Twist's Wife (uncredited)

Susan French ... Landlady (uncredited)
Clarke Gordon ... Mr. Lombard (uncredited)
Jack Griffin ... Cabbie (uncredited)
Sid Kane ... Cashier #2 (uncredited)
Bruce Kimball ... Lacey the Bouncer (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Gambler (uncredited)
Alexander Lockwood ... Landlord (uncredited)
Chuck Morrell ... FBI Agent Chuck (uncredited)
Byron Morrow ... Mr. Jameson from Chicago (uncredited)
Edwin Rochelle ... Bettor (uncredited)
Pearl Shear ... Lady in Phone Booth (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Bank Officer (uncredited)
Guy Way ... Gambling Den Boss (uncredited)

Directed by
George Roy Hill 
Writing credits
David S. Ward (written by)

Produced by
Tony Bill .... producer
Robert Crawford Jr. .... associate producer (as Robert L. Crawford)
Julia Phillips .... producer
Michael Phillips .... producer (as Michael)
David Brown .... executive producer (uncredited)
Richard D. Zanuck .... executive producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Robert Surtees (director of photography)
Film Editing by
William Reynolds 
Casting by
William Batliner (uncredited)
Robert J. LaSanka (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Henry Bumstead 
Set Decoration by
James W. Payne  (as James Payne)
Costume Design by
Edith Head (costumes by)
Makeup Department
Jim Gillespie .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Gary Liddiard .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Connie Nichols .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Mark Reedall .... key makeup artist (uncredited)
Rick Sharp .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Ernest B. Wehmeyer .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Dismukes .... second assistant director
Ray Gosnell Jr. .... first assistant director (as Ray Gosnell)
Sergio Emmanuele Anastasio .... trainee assistant director (uncredited)
John Slosser .... dga trainee (uncredited)
Art Department
Walter Hamlin .... stand-by painter (uncredited)
Walter Hamlin .... stand-by painter (uncredited)
Henry Larrecq .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Buzz Newhouse .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
William A. Petrotta .... props (uncredited)
Blackie Rosenkrantz .... property master (uncredited)
Thomas L. Roysden .... leadman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Robert R. Bertrand .... sound (as Robert Bertrand)
Ronald Pierce .... sound
Dennis C. Salcedo .... transfer room operator (uncredited)
Edwin J. Somers Jr. .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Bob Warner .... special effects manager (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Albert Whitlock .... special photographic effects
Steven Burnett .... stunts (uncredited)
Mickey Gilbert .... stunts (uncredited)
Scott Gourlay .... stunts (uncredited)
John Moio .... stunts (uncredited)
Dean Smith .... stunt double (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Barth .... camera operator (uncredited)
Joe Cucci .... company grip (uncredited)
Howard Evans .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Ben O. Graham .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Tom Kessenich .... second key grip (uncredited)
Don Lambert .... key grip (uncredited)
Everett Lehman .... gaffer (uncredited)
Fred Maupin .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Chuck Raffington .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Ted Schwimer .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Charles W. Short .... camera operator (uncredited)
Frank Shugrue .... still photographer (uncredited)
Edward Thompson .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Timothy E. Wade .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bernie Pollack .... costumer: men (uncredited)
Peter V. Saldutti .... costumer: men (uncredited)
Andrea E. Weaver .... costumer: women (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Frederic L. Knudtson .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Marvin Hamlisch .... music adaptor
Scott Joplin .... composer: piano rags
Billy Byers .... music arranger (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Jack Lloyd .... transportation captain (uncredited)
Other crew
Charlsie Bryant .... script supervisor
Jaroslav Gebr .... title artwork
John Scarne .... technical consultant
Billy Joe Andrus .... craft service (uncredited)
Robert Crawford Jr. .... assistant: George Roy Hill (uncredited)
John Longenecker .... intern: AFI (uncredited)
Donald Paonessa .... intern: AFI (uncredited)
Eileen Peterson .... unit publicist (uncredited)
John Scarne .... card dealer double: Paul Newman's hands close-ups (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Sting" - Japan (English title)
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129 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | Japan:G (2009) | Netherlands:12 | Norway:15 | Norway:16 (1974) | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/18 (original rating) | Portugal:M/12 (re-rating) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1987) (2000) | USA:PG (PCA #23757) | USA:TV-14 (TV rating) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Edward Asner was considered for the role of Doyle Lonnegan.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Doyle points out the guy in the red sweater on the golf course too Floyd, there are two shadows on the ground behind him.See more »
Doyle Lonnegan:Your boss is quite a card player, Mr. Kelly; how does he do it?
Johnny Hooker:He cheats.
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They seemed to have an awful lot of overhead for a half million payout. Is it worth it?
Any recommendations for movies similar to "The Sting"?
Why didn't Lonnegan know who Hooker was, despite having ordered him killed?
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29 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
The Sting, 14 April 1999
Author: Tim Cox from Marietta, OH

Great comedy-crime caper with giants Newman and Redford rekindling their "Butch & Sundance" flame to take down crime lord Robert Shaw (his finest role). Marvin Hamlisch beautifully recreates Scott Joplin's great music, while director George Roy Hill and screenwriter David S. Ward keep the film moving with snappy dialogue, wonderful art direction and editing and an excellent supporting cast. Followed by a sequel ten years later with Jackie Gleason.

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