The Sting (1973) Poster



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Followed by 

The Sting II (1983)

Version of 

Remington Steele: Sting of Steele (1983) (TV Episode)


Shell Game (1975) (TV Movie)


Casablanca (1942)
The rigged Black 22 at the roulette wheel, where Hooker loses the bet at the beginning of the movie, is the same spot that Rick Blaine uses for both Captain Renault and the Bulgarian couple to set them up to win.
Harper (1966)
As in Harper, Paul Newman's character awakes, and plunges his face into ice and water. In Harper he dumps an ice cube tray from his refrigerator. In The Sting, he chops ice with an ice pick from a block of ice.

Referenced in 

Mary Tyler Moore: I Love a Piano (1974) (TV Episode)
Murray needs to know the movie's plot as an alibi.
Kojak: The Betrayal (1974) (TV Episode)
movie poster seen in front of cinema next to robbed jewelery store
Belalilar (1974)
turkish remake
Kom till Casino! (1975)
Referenced in sketch
Sanford and Son: The Stung (1975) (TV Episode)
The title is a play on that of this contemporary film.
Saturday Night Live: Candice Bergen/Martha Reeves/The Stylistics (1975) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by the Muppets
The Lion Roars Again (1975) (Short)
Mort d'un pourri (1977)
French poster can be seen.
Scott Joplin (1977) (TV Movie)
Mentioned in narration as having won Joplin the Academy Award.
Blue Nude (1978)
Title seen on theater marquee.
Saturday Night Live: Bob Newhart/The Amazing Rhthym Aces/Bruce Cockburn (1980) (TV Episode)
referenced by Marvin Hamlish during cold opening
Prisoner: Episode #1.144 (1980) (TV Episode)
Lizzie Birdsworth declares a fondness for Robert Redford - although not in this film, which she found confusing.
Prisoner: Episode #1.145 (1980) (TV Episode)
A discussion of the film inspires Judy Bryant to initiate a sting on prison bookie Kay White.
Prisoner: Episode #1.150 (1980) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Lizzie Birdsworth.
The Umbrella Coup (1980)
When Bunny first meets Grégoire, he says he's about to go to Saint-Tropez for a movie. She asks "What kind ?" and he answers "Butch Cassidy, The Sting ..."
Saturday Night Live: Rod Stewart (1981) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned by Raheem Abdul Mohammed on SNL Newsbreak
Vabank (1981)
Major inspiration for the film. Similar plot, setting, use of jazz score and conmen communicating with each other by touching their ears.
Saturday Night Live: Blythe Danner/Rickie Lee Jones (1982) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Gumby during The Uncle Tom Show
The Making of 'The Verdict' (1982) (Video)
This title is mentioned / referred to.
The Making of 'Cannery Row' (1982) (Video)
David Ward winning an Oscar for writing this movie is mentinoed.
Dallas: The Sting (1983) (TV Episode)
title reference
Remington Steele: Sting of Steele (1983) (TV Episode)
Episode is based on this film.
Remington Steele: A Steele at Any Price (1983) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Laura as the guide for their next move.
At the Movies: The Stinkers of 1983 (1983) (TV Episode)
Gene Siskel contrasts the original film with the new sequel.
Hráci (1983) (TV Movie)
The ragtime theme is used during the plot twist near the end, which is the same as in The Sting.
Charade (1984) (Short)
Knight Rider: Knight Sting (1985) (TV Episode)
Title reference, similar music, the FLAG personnel puts on an elaborate scam
Saturday Night Live: Steve Guttenberg/The Pretenders (1986) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned during 'Movie Talk' sketch
Neighbours: Episode #1.732 (1988) (TV Episode)
Henry brands the people involved amateurs compared to his scheme
Siskel & Ebert: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels/Tequila Sunrise/Twins/My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" review.
Dallas: The Sting (1989) (TV Episode)
title reference
The Grifters (1990)
The stock con Myra describes to Roy when they first meet is a variation on the "Wire" con used in The Sting.
Diggstown (1992)
Kamarád do deste II - Príbeh z Brooklynu (1992)
George whistles the main theme after the successful swindle.
Empty Nest: The Sting (1993) (TV Episode)
title reference
Northern Exposure: Love's Labour Mislaid (1993) (TV Episode)
Movie title mentioned by Ed Chigliak.
Paul Merton: The Series: Episode #2.1 (1993) (TV Episode)
The music of this film can be heard when a cat "plays" piano.
The Simpsons: Bart's Inner Child (1993) (TV Episode)
Rev. Lovejoy tries to play on organ the music of this film.
NYPD Blue: Zeppo Marks Brothers (1994) (TV Episode)
Sipowicz mentions this movie
Lupin the Third: Dragon of Doom (1994) (TV Movie)
The movie title was written on the answer board of Jigen's crossword puzzle.
The Making of Steven Spielberg's 'Jaws' (1995) (Video)
Title on poster indicating Jaws smashing all previous records
Wings: B.S. I Love You (1996) (TV Episode)
One of Leonard's stories about his "life" is really from
Father Ted: Think Fast, Father Ted (1996) (TV Episode)
Dougal says how what he and Ted are doing is a bit like the sting, then he says which characters they are.
The Oprah Winfrey Show: Summer Movie Reviews (1996) (TV Episode)
In a street interview, a theatergoer cites this as his all-time favorite film.
Men in Black (1997)
When K is in the diner for the first time with James, the scene starts with the punchline of a joke that K is telling; the rest of the joke is likely some variation on the following: A farmer decided to go into town to see a movie along with his pet rooster. Noticing that no animals were allowed inside the cinema, he smuggled the rooster into the theater in his front overall pocket and unzipped it once the lights had dimmed and the movie had started so the rooster could see. The woman sitting next to him eventually noticed, and nudged her husband. "I think this man is a pervert. He's got his thing out." Her husband replies, "So? It's nothing you haven't seen before." to which she says "But honey, this one's eating my popcorn!" This joke was use in "The Sting" by the burlesque house comedian played by Leonard Barr (Dean Martin's Uncle). As Hooker (Robert Redford)is talking to his girlfriend back stage, you can hear and see the comedian giving the punch line in the background.
Caroline in the City: Caroline and the Bitter Beast (1997) (TV Episode)
Caroline: "The Marvin Hamlisch? Who did 'The Sting'? And 'A Chorus Line'?"
The Decadent Visitor (1999) (Short)
The X-Files: The Goldberg Variation (1999) (TV Episode)
Mulder shuffles a deck of cards exactly as Paul Newman's character did, right after saying that an injury he got "stings a bit"
Snatch (2000)
Gilmore Girls: Teach Me Tonight (2002) (TV Episode)
Rory suggests it as a Movie in the Square Night contender.
Monk: Mr. Monk Takes a Vacation (2002) (TV Episode)
Rita tells Monk she learned the 'nose-swipe' from the film.
Mackin' Ain't Easy (2002) (Video)
Futurama: The Sting (2003) (TV Episode)
Title Reference
I Love the '70s (2003) (TV Series)
Shade (2003)
Robert Shaw and Gabriel Byrne both say "Ya Falla?"
Fyra nyanser av brunt (2004)
Hustle: The Con Is On (2004) (TV Episode)
mentioned by a character
Without a Trace: Gung-Ho (2004) (TV Episode)
This movie and its co-stars, Paul Newman and Robert Redford, are mentioned in a conversation.
Jersey Girl (2004)
Video case is shown in a video store.
The Punisher (2004)
opening con job, kid has same mustache as paul newman and there's a fake death
Inside Deep Throat (2005)
Title of this film appears on screen.
Jeopardy!: Episode #22.1 (2005) (TV Episode)
referenced in clue in "This Movie Is a Disaster!" category
Family Guy: The Perfect Castaway (2005) (TV Episode)
An old man hums the music from this film.
Bluffmaster! (2005)
When they are planning their big con the dvd cover for this movie can be seen.
Munich (2005)
Eric Bana walks past the poster of this film in London
My Name Is Earl: Stole P's HD Cart (2006) (TV Episode)
The gang's nose-swipe is a reference to the nose-swipe in The Sting
Mise-en-abyme (2006) (Short)
The "David Holtz"-character mentions "the Sting" as his favourite movie
Entourage: I Wanna Be Sedated (2006) (TV Episode)
Among the movies that Bob Ryan produced
The Real Hustle: Episode #2.5 (2006) (TV Episode)
The narrator mentions the film by name when introducing "The Sure Thing" hustle.
Aída: La inmigración vive arriba (2007) (TV Episode)
Chema asks Mauricio if he has seen this film
Dancing with the Stars: Episode #7.6 (2007) (TV Episode)
In his interview with the contestants, Daryl Somers compares James Courtney to Robert Redford in The Sting, and suggests that he is trying to con the judges.
Role Models (2008)
"Who the fuck is Marvin Hamlisch?" -- "He wrote the music for The Sting" -- "Good movie"
Fallout 3 (2008) (Video Game)
Reference in the Terminals in Vault 92
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.48 (2008) (TV Episode)
Included in a $4,000 question
Samantha Who?: The Family Vacation (2008) (TV Episode)
mentioned during a game of charades
INRI (2009)
Touching finger to nose to signal "the Con is on"
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.7 (2009) (TV Episode)
Subject of an $800 clue in the category "Scott Joplin"
Castle: Fool Me Once... (2009) (TV Episode)
Mentioned as a favorite con movie.
Entourage: Dramedy (2010) (TV Episode)
A picture of Paul Newman from the movie is in their conference room where Drama, Eric, Lloyd and Roger discuss a new project
Mad: Avaturd/CSiCarly (2010) (TV Episode)
Referenced in the celebrity birthdays segment
Simya-ui FM (2010)
Theme used
IMDb's 20th Anniversary Star of the Day: Tim Roth (2010) (TV Episode)
Tim Roth talks about this movie during interview
30 Rock: Reaganing (2010) (TV Episode)
Jenna, Kelsey and Kenneth tap their noses as they're scamming Carvel.
The Office: The Sting (2010) (TV Episode)
Michael, Dwight, and Jim discuss the movie "The Sting" and decide to set up a sting of their own.
Psych: We'd Like to Thank the Academy (2010) (TV Episode)
Henry says that Lassiter was "setting up a sting, Shawn. Do you have any idea what that involves?" Shawn replies, "Newman, Redford."
White Collar: Burke's Seven (2011) (TV Episode)
Neil and Peter plan a con, which Peter makes a point of calling a "sting". Later they call each other Butch and Sundance, invoking the most famous characters played by the stars of The Sting.
CSI: NY: Identity Crisis (2011) (TV Episode)
A victim of the "old man" describes losing his wallet and watch a year before, and it is an almost exact re-creation of a scene from early in the movie. Lindsay then asks the victim if he'd ever seen the movie. He says yes, but usually halfway through; she then recommends watching it from the beginning.
White Collar: Dentist of Detroit (2011) (TV Episode)
When Neal and Peter leave to pull off their con, Elizabeth asks who of them is Newman and who is Redford.
Curb Your Enthusiasm: Car Periscope (2011) (TV Episode)
Larry and Jeff mention The Sting and The Sting II in conversation.
Jeopardy!: Episode #28.71 (2011) (TV Episode)
correct response in "Playing the Ponies" category
The Newsroom: Bullies (2012) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue.
Thanks for Sharing (2012)
Mention the name of the movie when doing the finger on nose gesture.
Edición Especial Coleccionista: La carrera del siglo (2013) (TV Episode)
Blu-ray release
The Cinema Snob: Heartbeeps (2013) (TV Episode)
also produced by Michael Phillips
Murdoch Mysteries: The Murdoch Sting (2014) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Face Off: American Gangster (2014) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned
While We're Young (2014)
A VHS copy of the film is seen.
Modern Family: Strangers in the Night (2014) (TV Episode)
Manny prepares to watch it as Jay reluctantly leaves for one of Gloria's parties
Better Call Saul: Hero (2015) (TV Episode)
The wallet that Jimmy & his new friend find has a driver's license that bears the name Henry Gondorff, one of the characters in The Sting, who's also a hustler like Jimmy.
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 6 January 2016 (2016) (TV Episode)
Ranked #19 in the list of the all-time top-grossing movies in the USA, adjusted for inflation, read by Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic.
Na vode: Notebook (2016) (TV Episode)
Theme is played during the swindle.
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 30 March 2016 (2016) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Mike Greenberg
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 6 May 2016 (2016) (TV Episode)
on Mike Greenberg's list of his favorite movies
Rogue One (2016)
Line: "They will probably miss you and hit me."
NCIS: New Orleans: Let It Ride (2017) (TV Episode)
The scheme to rip off Garcia is the same as the plot of The Sting.
Jeopardy!: Episode #33.97 (2017) (TV Episode)
referenced in clue in "Stupid Answers" category
Chicago Fire: Trading in Scuttlebutt (2017) (TV Episode)
Otis mentions the movie.
Halt and Catch Fire: Signal to Noise (2017) (TV Episode)
Joe mentions the movie by name.

Featured in 

A Little Romance (1979)
Daniel and Lauren go to see a dubbed version of the film in Venice under its Italian title "La Stangata". Like A Little Romance (1979), The Sting (1973) was directed by George Roy Hill.
Precious Images (1986) (Short)
Oscar's Greatest Moments (1992) (Video)
Siskel & Ebert: Robert Redford (1992) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown.
100 Years at the Movies (1994) (TV Short)
The Universal Story (1996) (TV Movie)
clip shown
The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003) (TV Special)
The Ultimate Film (2004) (TV Movie)
number 45
The 77th Annual Academy Awards (2005) (TV Special)
The Art of 'The Sting' (2005) (Video)
clips shown
The 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008) (TV Special)
Featured in Best Picture montage.
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards (2010) (TV Special)
Shown during In Memoriam montage
20 to 1: Our All Time Favourite Films (2010) (TV Episode)
Clips shown in a segment.
Casting By (2012)
fragment with Robert Shaw, Charles Durning, Eileen Brennan
The 85th Annual Academy Awards (2013) (TV Special)
"In Memoriam" tribute to Charles Durning.
Hollywood et les hommes (2013)
Clips featured
The 90th Annual Academy Awards (2018) (TV Special)
Seen in 90 Years of Oscars montage

Spoofed in 

The Big Con (1975)
Film's title ("The Bite") and plot are take offs on "The Sting".
The Bob Newhart Show: Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time (1975) (TV Episode)
This episode spoofs the then-popular movie, even using faux-Scott Joplin music in its soundtrack
The Simpsons: Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington (1991) (TV Episode)
Touching your finger to your nose as a signal
The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.: Riverboat (1993) (TV Episode)
When the mark has been successfully conned, the dialog is modeled on dialog from the final scene of "The Sting." Then a strain from "The Entertainer" is briefly heard.
Eraser (1997) (Video)
Poker scene parody
The Simpsons: Lisa Gets an 'A' (1998) (TV Episode)
The school pull a Sting-like scam so they can have the basic assistance grant.
Du xia da zhan La Si Wei Jia Si (1999)
Spoofs a scene from that movie.
House M.D.: Broken (2009) (TV Episode)
As House passes Alvie after House "takes" his medication. House shows Alvie the pills on his tongue. Alvie responds by giving him the Sting salute.
NCIS: Los Angeles: The Bank Job (2010) (TV Episode)
After Kensi reveals how she tagged Benelli, Nate makes a few gestures. One of gestures was the Sting salute.
Community: Grifting 101 (2015) (TV Episode)
This entire episode is a spoof of "The Sting" and features Scott Joplin's "The Entertainer" throughout.

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