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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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Director:
Writer (WGA):
David S. Ward (written by)
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Release Date:
26 December 1973 (UK) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Recapture "the STING Experience". REMEMBER HOW GOOD THE FEEL WAS THE FIRST TIME (re-release) See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 7 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Classy bit of story telling See more (226 total) »

Cast

  (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)

Kathleen Freeman ... Kid Twist's Wife (uncredited)
Susan French ... Landlady (uncredited)
Bruce Kimball ... Lacey the Bouncer (uncredited)
Alexander Lockwood ... Landlord (uncredited)
Chuck Morrell ... FBI Agent Chuck (uncredited)
Byron Morrow ... Mr. Jameson from Chicago (uncredited)
Pearl Shear ... Lady in Phone Booth (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Bank Officer (uncredited)
Guy Way ... Gambling Den Boss (uncredited)
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Directed by
George Roy Hill 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
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
 
Stunts
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)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Sting" - Japan (English title)
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Runtime:
129 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
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?

Trivia:
Technical advisor John Scarne doubled for Paul Newman's hands in the film. It was he who did all of the card manipulations and deck switching in the film. It would have taken a long time for someone to be able to master all of the card routines shown. In the film, we see Scarne's hands disappear off screen; a clever invisible cut hides the switch; Newman's hands return, and the camera pans up to his face.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the scene in the alley where Hooker, Luther and Erie Kid are playing a con on Mottola, Hooker is "fighting" with Erie Kid while Mottola watches. Mottola's hat falls off his head to the ground, but in the next shot, his hat is back on his head.See more »
Quotes:
Doyle Lonnegan:Your boss is quite a card player, Mr. Kelly; how does he do it?
Johnny Hooker:He cheats.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Inside Deep Throat (2005)See more »
Soundtrack:
Easy WinnersSee more »

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39 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
Classy bit of story telling, 23 March 2003
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Small time conmen Johnny Hooker and Luther Coleman unwittingly scam a runner for Chicago main man Doyle Lonnegan. When Luther is murdered, Hooker goes on the run and seeks out Luther's old friend Henry Gondorff to help him put together a major sting to take revenge on Lonnegan. However with so much heat on Hooker and the stakes so high can they pull it off and get away clean?

Almost a follow up to Butch and Sundance, this film partners the stars of the day Newman and Redford to good effect. The story is a little less fun but still very enjoyable to watch as it builds to a great finale. The use of chapters ran the risk of fragmenting the film into bits but instead it really helps set it out and makes it more manageable. Although it is not as light hearted and jovial as the theme music suggests it still manages to flow nicely with the slightly darker drama not spoiling anything but only serving to make it feel more grown up.

The cast are all very good and make the film easy to watch. Redford comes off the best in terms of characters and his role really suits both his carefree attitude (the start of the film) but also his more serious side (the rest of the film). Newman has a lesser role that perhaps doesn't suit him quite as well, but he does have several really good scenes (the hustles) where he does very good work. Shaw's accent is a little heavy at first but I got used to it and it worked for me and he was a really good foil for Redford/Newman. The support cast including Durning, Walston, Gould, Jones and others all do good work.

The direction and use of music is really good and the sense of period is well crafted and doesn't just feel like it was painted on. I'm not sure if it deserved Best Picture or not because I don't know what the rest of the field was for that year but it is a really enjoyable film that is quite fun to watch several times even 30 years later – and isn't that the main thing?

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