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The Sting II (1983)

 -  Comedy | Crime  -  18 February 1983 (USA)
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Lonnegan is planning to get back at Gondorff and Hooker for bilking him out of half a million. At the same time Gondorff and Hooker are planning their next caper. And their mark is a man ... See full summary »


(as Jeremy Paul Kagan)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kid Colors
Kathalina Veniero ...
Blonde with Kid Colors
José Pérez ...
Carlos (Lonnegan's Guard) (as Jose Perez)
Gellecher (Lonnegan's 2nd Guard)
Lonnegan's Thug (as Frank McCarthy)
Richard C. Adams ...
Lonnegan's Thug
Band Leader
Frances Bergen ...
Lady Dorsett
Monica Lewis ...
Band Singer


Lonnegan is planning to get back at Gondorff and Hooker for bilking him out of half a million. At the same time Gondorff and Hooker are planning their next caper. And their mark is a man named Macalinski, who makes Lonnegan look like a pussycat. There con is boxing match and Hooker is the fighter whom they have to make look good but Macalinski needs some convincing, and Hooker is a little rusty. Written by <>

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The con is on... place your bets!


Comedy | Crime


PG | See all certifications »





Release Date:

18 February 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Next Sting  »

Box Office


$6,300,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This movie' story takes place in 1939, six years after the first movie. See more »


Both times that Hooker rides the Coney Island roller coaster, his cap stays neatly in place, on his head, for the entire ride. In reality, that type of coaster can reach speeds of 60-70mph. His cap should've blown off during the first drop. See more »


Referenced in Curb Your Enthusiasm: Car Periscope (2011) See more »

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Fans of the original pretend that this sequel doesn't exist…
29 September 2012 | by (Poland) – See all my reviews

That tells you something about the "quality" of this movie . Not only it's a unwanted sequel , but also a pointless one . The original director and stars didn't wanted to waste their time and reputation for this made-for-cash-only sequel. They were right. It was impossible for the sequel to be better than original , hell , it would be hard to even come close to that level quality. Yet , here we have a sequel that belongs to the long list of unwanted sequels.

The opening title cards are great , even if they are obviously ripping off the original. The set design is good and the music by Lalo Schiffrin is the best thing in the whole movie (it was nominated for Oscar). Unfortunately that's all the good things I can say about "The Sting 2" (aka "The next sting").

Gone is Gorge Roy Hill as the director and instead of him we have unknown Jeremy Paul Kagan . He doesn't destroy the movie with his direction , but doesn't help it either. Gone are also Robert Redford and Paul Newman . Here we have Mac Davis and Jackie Gleason . Mac Davis isn't charming , but irritating . He behaves like a village idiot and while I'm not crazy about Redford I missed him . Gleason does a better job, he is believable as smart and charming con artist. He's no Newman, but he gives a decent performance. The strange thing is the change of relationship between main hero's : from friendship in the first movie to a father-son relationship in the sequel.

We also have here Teri Garr and Karl Malden who gave rather bad performances.

David S. Ward , the writer of the original is also the writer here. I guess they paid him A LOT of money. It doesn't change the fact that the screenplay lacks inspiration . All the dialogue and twists are tired and clumsy. Ward even tries to unnecessary complicate the screenplay which results in a "he thought that I thought that he didn't know that I know" ending.

It's a awful sequel , just awful . Avoid it . I give it 1/10.

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