IMDb > The Sting (1973)
The Sting
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

The Sting (1973) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 67 | slideshow) Videos (see all 2)
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.

Overview

User Rating:
8.4/10   135,260 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 9% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writer (WGA):
David S. Ward (written by)
Contact:
View company contact information for The Sting on IMDbPro.
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 »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
Won 7 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Everything's Jake In Second Trip To Well 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)
Create a character page for: ?

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)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies
Create a character page for: ?

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Sting" - Japan (English title)
See more »
Runtime:
129 min
Country:
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:
Jack Nicholson turned down the role of Johnny Hooker before Robert Redford changed his mind and decided to play it.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Gondorff is sobered up, his hair, position and the state of his soaked pants change between shots.See more »
Quotes:
[Polk greets Snyder]
FBI Agent Polk:Sit down and shut up, will ya? Try not to live up to all my expectations.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The Oscars (2013) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Pineapple RagSee more »

FAQ

What does "flat rate" mean?
How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
Is this movie based on a book?
See more »
74 out of 95 people found the following review useful.
Everything's Jake In Second Trip To Well, 29 December 2004
Author: Bill Slocum (bill.slocum@gmail.com) from Greenwich, CT United States

The fix is in, the odds are set, and the boys are ready to play for the big time, both on the screen and behind the camera in this breezy, endlessly entertaining movie classic.

Robert Redford is small-time hustler Johnny Hooker, happy to play the marks in Joliet until the murder of his mentor pushes him to go up against the nastiest mug in Chicago, Doyle Lonnegan (Robert Shaw.) Hooker'd rather ice Lonnegan outright, but will settle for a big con with the help of a slightly wobbly but game scammer named Henry Gondorff, played as only Paul Newman can.

Newman and Redford, along with director George Roy Hill, had a lot riding on this pony, given it was a follow-up to their earlier "Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid." To measure up, they had to produce nothing short of another classic. And so they did. "The Sting" won the Best Picture Oscar in 1973, and remains the sentimental favorite among many in choosing between the two films.

Comparing "The Sting" to "Butch Cassidy" is kind of overdone sport, and tempers, as Lonnegan would say, run hot. But you can see why "The Sting" worked as well as it did by looking at how the director and the stars played it differently within the same basic framework as "Butch Cassidy." Newman and Redford are again outlaws and underdogs. Period detail abounds here as it did with "Butch Cassidy," and there's another memorable score amid the proceedings, Scott Joplin rags modernized by Marvin Hamlisch. The score even produced another hit, "The Entertainer," to compare with "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head."

What's different about "The Sting," and what makes it such a classic in its own right, is the way the stars service the plot. In "Butch Cassidy," Newman and Redford's comradeship was the story. Here, the chemistry between the two actors is minimized in favor of spinning a yarn with enough red herrings to feed the Swedish navy. The tale here is better than "Butch Cassidy," which is a more elegiac film with grander cinematography and funnier set pieces. "The Sting" is an edge-of-your-seat caper flick from beginning to end.

You can't really call "The Sting" a comedy. Though there are many laughs, especially when Newman hooks Shaw during a poker game, Hill won't let the audience relax enough for that. What this is is a con game, played on the audience, designed not to cheat but entertain by means of clever hoodwinking and constant misdirection plays.

You'll get no spoilers from me. This is one worth sitting through with no expectations. Five gets you ten you'll enjoy Newman and Redford, and a terrific supporting cast (one advantage over "Butch Cassidy") that includes Charles Durning, Eileen Brennan, Dana Elcar, Harold Gould, and Mr. Hand himself, Ray Walston. There's another familiar face from "Butch Cassidy," Charles Dierkop, Flat Nose Curry in "Butch Cassidy" and Lonnegan's right hand here. The best performance may be Robert Shaw's; he exudes menace aplenty but some humanity, too, when he takes Hooker under his wing after learning he came from the same hard streets of Five Points Lonnegan sprang from.

Terrific period detail, too. The dialogue is great and feels real in its Runyonesque way, while the cons are elaborate and logically played out. Watching this a second time is especially fun because once you know how the plot goes down, you find yourself catching clues you missed the first time, and enjoying the film even more for them.

Why didn't Newman and Redford team up again? Certainly there was another good movie for them to partner up in, but as Gondorff would have put it, only chumps don't quit when they're ahead.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (226 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for The Sting (1973)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Am I the only person on Earth who doesn't like this film? nrho-243-714395
A Twist of a Twist No One Seems to Notice... jga-505-721860
Remake it with George and Brad kstrtroi
Plot Concern Assuaged brennerst1
Since Lonnegan knew that he was being tipped on a race already run... Timothy_M_Klein
Sting vs Butch + Sundance malcolmbforme
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Magnum Force The Departed The Good Thief 48 Hrs. City of God
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb top 250 movies IMDb Comedy section
IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.