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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
Jack Kehoe ... 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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Recapture "the STING Experience". REMEMBER HOW GOOD THE FEEL WAS THE FIRST TIME (re-release) See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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25 December 1973 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$159,600,000
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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

When Kid Twist is in the bar, looking for recruits for the planned Sting, he is told the bar is full of good people, and he can have his pick, to which Kid Twist replies, "they have to be the quill." In gangster slang, this means they must be the genuine article. See more »

Goofs

In most every scene in the diner, ketchup bottles can be seen with "lug" type caps that were not invented until the late 1960s. See more »

Quotes

Luther: How much did you lose?
Johnny Hooker: [winces] All of it.
Luther: In one damn night? What are you spraying money around like that for, you could've been nailed.
Johnny Hooker: I checked the place first. There were no dicks in there.
Luther: But you're a con man! And you blew it like a pimp!
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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 Chicago Fire: Trading in Scuttlebutt (2017) See more »

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Written by John Philip Sousa
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You wanna make a film - here's how...
23 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

A delicious wheeze from start to finish. Certainly a film that leaves you thinking that you'd like to have been in Henry's gang and played a part in separating Lonnegan from his dough. The editing is pin sharp and beautifully cast with a superb musical track to keep you company. The framing, the photography, the pace all dovetail exquisitely and if you feel left outside of the game plan in your first viewing, never fear, the second time of watching, you'll enjoy it just as much but it will mean more. Certainly it's a film you'll want to see a second time. At least. Oscars rightly by the handful and nominations are full deserved to combine for a winning performance by all concerned. Definitely in my top fifty of all time.


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