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The Sting II (1983)

A team of cons is planning a new scam involving betting on a boxing match but one of its past victims aims to exact revenge by eliminating the whole group.

Director:

Jeremy Kagan (as Jeremy Paul Kagan)

Writer:

David S. Ward
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jackie Gleason ... Fargo Gondorff
Mac Davis ... Jake Hooker
Teri Garr ... Veronica
Karl Malden ... Gus Macalinski
Oliver Reed ... Lonnegan
Bert Remsen ... Kid Colors
Kathalina Veniero Kathalina Veniero ... Blonde with Kid Colors
José Pérez José Pérez ... Carlos (Lonnegan's Guard) (as Jose Perez)
Larry Bishop ... Gellecher (Lonnegan's 2nd Guard)
Francis X. McCarthy ... Lonnegan's Thug (as Frank McCarthy)
Richard C. Adams Richard C. Adams ... Lonnegan's Thug
Ron Rifkin ... Eddie
Harry James ... Band Leader
Frances Bergen ... Lady Dorsett
Monica Lewis ... Band Singer
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Storyline

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. Their 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 <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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The con is on... place your bets!

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Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

18 February 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Next Sting See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Monica, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,106,108, 21 February 1983

Gross USA:

$6,347,072

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,347,072
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A further 'Sting' movie was planned around the time of the production and release of this sequel. This film was intended to be prequel to The Sting (1973) and cover the early life of Henry Gondorff who was played by Paul Newman in the original. The prequel was to show him being mentored The Hustler (1961)-style by famed con man Soapy Smith. When 'The Sting II' failed at the box-office, plans for this third 'Sting' movie were dropped. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Fargo Gondorff: [Pointing his finger] Don't you ever call me a hustler.
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Astonishing...
17 September 2004 | by canganjjSee all my reviews

...just kidding. This movie is the lamest sequel I've ever seen. By lame I don't mean stupid or worthless, but just, well, injured. This little guy was sick from script to screen, and the only redeeming piece this film has to offer is the music, which is actually very well done.

If you're an avid fan of The Sting, I recommend seeing this *only* to reinforce how good of a pair Redford and Newman were together. Mac Davis is a freaking hick for crying out loud. The casting geniuses behind this mess must be kicking themselves. Redford had small-time charm as a grifter, but Davis is nothing more than a small-town bum. Jackie Gleason, in a surprise casting move, becomes Hooker's father's age. Really? They go from friends in the first film to a parent-child relationship in the second. Gleason is a grandpa and Davis has been reduced to a brainless child with a country accent.

The editing is pretty miserable as well. If you happen to see this film, pay special attention to the scene where Hooker and Eddie go to the pen to see Gondorff--as the taxi pulls away, you can see the camera in the car's reflection! Amateurs.

Teri Garr? Well, she's Teri Garr, and if you've seen her in most things you'll know that she's the same character. Whoever told her she could act was lying through his/her teeth. Check out a computer game she lends her "talents" to--The Black Dahlia--to see how limited her range is.

Well, I give this film a 3/10--the set design was good and the music was quite good. Everything else adds up to a miserable experience that made me cringe every time I heard Mac Davis speak.


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