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The Sting (1973)

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In Chicago in September 1936, a young con man seeking revenge for his murdered partner teams up with a master of the big con to win a fortune from a criminal banker.

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John Heffernan ...
Eddie Niles
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Jack Kehoe ...
Erie Kid
Dimitra Arliss ...
Loretta
Robert Earl Jones ...
Luther Coleman (as Robertearl Jones)
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Mottola (as James J. Sloyan)
Charles Dierkop ...
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Storyline

When a mutual friend is killed by a mob boss, two con men, one experienced and one young try to get even by pulling off the big con on the mob boss. The story unfolds with several twists and last minute alterations. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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con | con man | long con | murder | courier | See All (94) »

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...all it takes is a little Confidence. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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26 December 1973 (UK)  »

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Der Clou  »

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$5,500,000 (estimated)

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$159,600,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Redford's character (Johnny Hooker) is supposedly named after blues legend John Lee Hooker. See more »

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During the poker game, the jacket on top of the seat behind Floyd changes between close-ups and long shots. 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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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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Almost perfect
16 November 2004 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

This film deserved every Oscar thrown at it. It looks good, it's funny, it's extremely complex but doesn't dwell on the fact for a moment: if you can spot the twists, you haven't got time to sit back smugly as they pop up - everything rushes on. The acting's good as is the story, one carrying the other. I can't think of a movie where people so obviously had as much fun - maybe (Soderbergh's) Ocean's Eleven, or even Some Like It Hot? The soundtrack is brilliant too, contemporaneous Joplin rags evoking the time and its contradictions artlessly.

The bit that raises this film the one notch higher though is a short, central sequence, in which the music plays as high profile a part as any character or narrative aside. It's the night before The Sting and Redford is drawn to the drugstore girl who's trying to leave town. Perfectly framed by the bittersweetest of the blues/rags he asks her out for a drink - revealing his vulnerability for the first time in a movie where everybody's pretending to be someone else: 'It's 2 o'clock in the morning and I don't know nobody.' Despite all the caper and thrill of grifting all he wants is what we all want. It's a rich, compassionate heart to a virtuosic piece of film-making. 9.5/10


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