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The Sting (1973)

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Two grifters team up to pull off the ultimate con.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Henry Gondorff
... Johnny Hooker
... Doyle Lonnegan
... Lt. Wm. Snyder
... J.J. Singleton
... Billie
... Kid Twist
John Heffernan ... Eddie Niles
... F.B.I. Agent Polk
... Erie Kid
... Loretta
... Luther Coleman (as Robertearl Jones)
... Mottola (as James J. Sloyan)
... Floyd - Bodyguard
Lee Paul ... Bodyguard
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Storyline

Johnny Hooker, a small time grifter, unknowingly steals from Doyle Lonnegan, a big time crime boss, when he pulls a standard street con. Lonnegan demands satisfaction for the insult. After his partner, Luther, is killed, Hooker flees, and seeks the help of Henry Gondorff, one of Luther's contacts, who is a master of the long con. Hooker wants to use Gondorff's expertise to take Lonnegan for an enormous sum of money to even the score, since he admits he "doesn't know enough about killing to kill him." They devise a complicated scheme and amass a talented group of other con artists who want their share of the reparations. The stakes are high in this game, and our heroes must not only deal with Lonnegan's murderous tendencies, but also other side players who want a piece of the action. To win, Hooker and Gondorff will need all their skills...and a fair amount of confidence. Written by headlessannie

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25 December 1973 (USA)  »

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The Sting  »

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$5,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$159,600,000
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Trivia

Having to shoot location scenes with Paul Newman and Robert Redford proved challenging at times. Crowds would inevitably gather and reactions would be akin to the arrival of The Beatles in 1964. "I used to go see Sinatra at the Paramount in New York when I was a kid," said one observer as the cast and crew shot a scene at Chicago's Union Station, "and, my God, I never saw anything like that. I bet the temperature in here went up 22 degrees when Newman walked in." Added another onlooker at the time, "I never saw anything like it, either. Myself, I think we ought to rope off that centre aisle and never let anybody use it again." Newman and Redford made a point of not taking such attention seriously and concentrated on the work in hand. See more »

Goofs

When the briefcase containing $100 bills is opened in extreme close-up, the bills have "modern, small-size" green Federal Reserve seals that are wrong for the '30s. In that era the green seals would be much larger, and a very light green in color. See more »

Quotes

Henry Gondorff: Tough luck, Lonnehan. But that's what you get for playing with your head up your ass!
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Crazy Credits

The opening animated logo for Universal Pictures is in 1930s style, matching the movie's setting, instead of the 1970s version. See more »

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Referenced in I Love the '70s (2003) See more »

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Gladiolus Rag
(1907) (uncredited)
Written by Scott Joplin
Conducted and Adapted by Marvin Hamlisch
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And Don't Forget Scott Joplin!
21 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

I agree 100 percent that this is a wonderful movie. I first saw it over 30 years ago, and it remains vivid in my mind while I can't remember zip about movies I saw last week which others have praised and I found wanting. I can't think of another film about double and triple crosses that deserves to be mentioned in the same sentence with "The Sting" (which doesn't mean that some of the others haven't been good). In addition to all the things that others have praised, one of the most memorable features of this film is the use of a Scott Joplin rag, which both lends a distinctive period touch and adds a sense of fast-paced motion to the action. I'm not much for ranking films -- top five, top ten, top 250 -- but this is one of the best. If you haven't already seen it, drop everything and find the DVD. As pure entertainment, it can't be beat.


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