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The Sting ()


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Two grifters team up to pull off the ultimate con.

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  • Won 7 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 6 nominations.
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Henry Gondorff
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Johnny Hooker
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Doyle Lonnegan
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Lt. Wm. Snyder
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J.J. Singleton
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Billie
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Kid Twist
John Heffernan ...
Eddie Niles
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F.B.I. Agent Polk
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Erie Kid
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Loretta
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Luther Coleman (as Robertearl Jones)
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Mottola (as James J. Sloyan)
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Floyd - Bodyguard
Lee Paul ...
Bodyguard
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Crystal
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Benny Garfield
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Combs
Ed Bakey ...
Granger
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Cole
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Riley
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Train Conductor
Leonard Barr ...
Burlesque House Comedian
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Alva Coleman
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Black Gloved Gunman
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Duke Boudreau
Tom Spratley ...
Curly Jackson
Kenneth O'Brien ...
Greer
Ken Sansom ...
Western Union Executive
Ta-Tanisha ...
Louise Coleman
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Roulette Dealer (as William Benedict)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jack Berle ...
Gambler (uncredited)
Patricia Bratcher ...
Manicurist (uncredited)
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Bill Clayton from Pittsburgh (uncredited)
Robert Buckingham ...
Gambler (uncredited)
Peter Paul Eastman ...
Poker Player (uncredited)
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Kid Twist's Wife (uncredited)
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Landlady (uncredited)
Sig Frohlich ...
Gambler (uncredited)
Ralph Gambina ...
Gambler (uncredited)
Clarke Gordon ...
Mr. Lombard (uncredited)
Jack Griffin ...
Cabbie (uncredited)
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Pedestrian (uncredited)
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Gambler (uncredited)
Sid Kane ...
Cashier #2 (uncredited)
Bruce Kimball ...
Lacey the Bouncer (uncredited)
Mike Lally ...
Gambler (uncredited)
Alexander Lockwood ...
Landlord (uncredited)
Jim Michael ...
Bartender (uncredited)
Chuck Morrell ...
FBI Agent Chuck (uncredited)
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Mr. Jameson from Chicago (uncredited)
Jessica Rains ...
Secretary (uncredited)
Edwin Rochelle ...
Gambler (uncredited)
Pearl Shear ...
Lady in Phone Booth (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ...
Bank Officer (uncredited)
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Gambling Den Boss (uncredited)

Directed by

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George Roy Hill

Written by

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David S. Ward ... (written by)

Produced by

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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

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Robert Surtees ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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William Reynolds

Editorial Department

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Frederic L. Knudtson ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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William Batliner ... (uncredited)
Robert J. LaSanka ... (uncredited)

Art Direction by

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Henry Bumstead

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James W. Payne ... (as James Payne)

Costume Design by

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Edith Head ... (costumes by)

Makeup Department

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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

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Ernest B. Wehmeyer ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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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

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Bill Gold ... poster designer (uncredited)
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

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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

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Bob Warner ... special effects manager (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Albert Whitlock ... special photographic effects

Stunts

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Bob Folkerson ... stunt performer (uncredited)
Mickey Gilbert ... stunts (uncredited)
Scott Gourlay ... stunts (uncredited)
John Moio ... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Pronto ... stunts (uncredited)
Dean Smith ... stunt double (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Marion Ball Jr. ... grip
Richard Barth ... camera operator (uncredited)
Marie Cosindas ... special photographer (uncredited) / still photographer (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

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Bernie Pollack ... costumer: men (uncredited)
Peter V. Saldutti ... costumer: men (uncredited)
Andrea E. Weaver ... costumer: women (uncredited)

Music Department

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Marvin Hamlisch ... music adaptor
Scott Joplin ... composer: piano rags
Billy Byers ... music arranger (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Jack Lloyd ... transportation captain (uncredited)

Other crew

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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)
Dick Delson ... publicist (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)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines Recapture "the STING Experience". REMEMBER HOW GOOD THE FEEL WAS THE FIRST TIME (re-release) See more »
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Also Known As
  • Sting (Japan, English title)
  • L'arnaque (France)
  • Der Clou (Germany)
  • El golpe (Spain)
  • El cop (Spain, Catalan title)
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Runtime
  • 129 min
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Box Office

Budget $5,500,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $8,299,101

Did You Know?

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Trivia Robert Redford didn't see the movie until June 2004. See more »
Goofs As Hooker flees Snyder under the El, a modern car and box truck can be seen in the distance ahead. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Oscars, Actors and The Exorcist (1974). See more »
Soundtracks Easy Winners See more »
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 »
Quotes Doyle Lonnegan: Your boss is quite a card player, Mr. Kelly; how does he do it?
Johnny Hooker: He cheats.
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