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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:
25 December 1973 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Recapture "the STING Experience". REMEMBER HOW GOOD THE FEEL WAS THE FIRST TIME (re-release) See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
Won 7 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Working The Big Con See more (261 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)
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)
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
(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
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)
Julius 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)
Arthur w Frantz .... lighting technician (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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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 | Australia:NRC (original rating) | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-12 (2013) | Finland:K-16 (1974) | 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:
As soon as George Roy Hill signed on to direct, he knew that he wanted to lighten the tone. Originally, David S. Ward had written the story as a much darker tale of con men on the take. Hill, however, envisioned it as a playful homage to old Hollywood gangster films of the 1930s.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Johnny meets a passed-out Henry for the first time in Henry's apartment, Johnny is wearing a maroon pinstripe suit with a gray three-button collarless undershirt instead of a dress shirt. He also has a three-day stubble. The very next scene,they are both in the bathroom as Henry sobers up in the shower. This time, Johnny has on the same pants, but his coat is off an he's wearing a blue wide-collared dress shirt and is clean shaven.See more »
Quotes:
Henry Gondorff:Tough luck, Lonnehan. But that's what you get for playing with your head up your ass!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #26.7" (2009)See more »
Soundtrack:
Pineapple RagSee more »

FAQ

Is this movie based on a book?
They seemed to have an awful lot of overhead for a half million payout. Is it worth it?
What part did the Erie Kid play in the first con that earned him a share of the money?
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28 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Working The Big Con, 5 March 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The Sting, evoking a bygone era of gangsters and con men, was the deserved Best Picture of 1973. The Sting won that Oscar plus a whole flock of technical awards. One award it didn't win was for Robert Redford as Best Actor.

That must have been tough for the Academy voters because to single out Redford as opposed to Paul Newman must have felt a bit unjust. For though Newman was nominated many times over his career and finally did win for The Color of Money, did not get a nomination for The Sting.

Robert Redford is a small time grifter who while working a bait and switch street con takes off a numbers runner carrying the weekly take. The orders come down from the head man himself, Irish-American gangster Robert Shaw to kill those who did this as an example.

Redford's mentor, Robert Earl Jones, is in fact killed, mainly because Redford starts spending a lot of that newly acquired loot that tips them off. Redford wants revenge so he looks up big time con man Paul Newman who himself is dodging law enforcement as is Redford also.

They work the big con on Shaw and it's a beauty. The scheme they have is something to behold. They also have to do a couple of improvisations on the fly that lend a few twists to the scheme.

The costumes and sets really do evoke Chicago of the Thirties and director George Roy Hill assembles a great cast to support Newman and Redford. My favorite in the whole group is Charles Durning, who plays the brutally corrupt, but essentially dumb cop from Joliet who nearly gums up the works and has to be dealt with.

Special mention should also go to Robert Shaw. He's got a difficult part, maybe the most difficult in the film. He's not stupid, he would not have gotten to the top of the rackets if he was. But he also has to show that hint of human weakness that Newman, Redford, and the whole mob they assemble that makes him vulnerable to the con.

During the sixties and seventies Robert Shaw was really coming into his own as a player, getting more and more acclaim for his work. His early death was a real tragedy, there was so much more he could have been doing.

Can't also forget another co-star in this film, the ragtime music of Scott Joplin that was used to score The Sting. It probably is what most people remember about The Sting. Music from the Theodore Roosevelt era, scoring a film set in the Franklin Roosevelt era made while Nixon was president. Strange, but it actually works.

The Sting still works wonders today.

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