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The Sting (1973)

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Winner of seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, Director, and Screenplay, this critical and box-office hit from 1973 provided a perfect reunion for director George Roy Hill and stars Paul Newman and Robert Redford, who previously delighted audiences with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Set in 1936, the movie's about a pair of Chicago con artists (Newman and Redford) who find themselves in a high-stakes game against the master of all cheating mobsters (Robert Shaw) when they set out to avenge the murder of a mutual friend and partner [Robert Earl Jones]. Using a bogus bookie joint as a front for their con of all cons, the two feel the heat from the Chicago Mob on one side and encroaching police on the other. But in a plot that contains more twists than a treacherous mountain road, the ultimate scam is pulled off with consummate style and panache. It's an added bonus that Newman and Redford were box-office kings at the top of their game, and while Shaw broods intensely as the Runyonesque villain, The Sting is further blessed by a host of great supporting players including Dana Elcar, Eileen Brennan, Ray Walston, Charles Durning, and Harold Gould. Thanks to the flavorful music score by Marvin Hamlisch, this was also the movie that sparked a nationwide revival of Scott Joplin's ragtime jazz, which is featured prominently on the soundtrack. One of the most entertaining movies of the early 1970s, The Sting is a welcome throwback to Hollywood's golden age of the '30s that hasn't lost any of its popular charm. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Newman .... Henry Gondorff
Robert Redford .... Johnny Hooker
Robert Shaw .... Doyle Lonnegan
Charles Durning .... Lieutenant William Snyder
Ray Walston .... J.J. Singleton
Eileen Brennan .... Billie
Harold Gould .... Kid Twist
John Heffernan .... Eddie Niles
Dana Elcar .... F.B.I. Agent Polk
Jack Kehoe .... Erie Kid
Dimitra Arliss .... Loretta
Robert Earl Jones .... Luther Coleman
James Sloyan .... Mottola
Charles Dierkop .... Floyd (Bodyguard)
Lee Paul (I) .... Bodyguard

Academy Awards for The Sting:

Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
Henry Bumstead
James Payne (I)
Best Costume Design
Edith Head
Best Director
George Roy Hill
Best Film Editing
William Reynolds (II)
Best Music, Scoring Original Song Score and/or Adaptation
Marvin Hamlisch
Best Picture
Tony Bill
Julia Phillips
Michael Phillips (II)
Best Writing, Story and Screenplay Based on Factual Material or Material Not Previously Published or Produced
David S. Ward


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