The Sting PG

...all it takes is a little confidence.
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: June 5, 2012
  • Originally Released: 1973
  • Label: Universal Studios
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: The Art of the Sting - 3-part Documentary on the creation of the film featuring Interviews with Robert Redford, Paul Newman
    • Theatrical Trailer
  • Dual Layer
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono - English, French
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French
    • Subtitles - English, French, Spanish

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Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1973 - Best Adapted or Musical Song/Score: Marvin Hamlisch
Academy Awards 1973 - Best Art Direction: Henry Bumstead
Academy Awards 1973 - Best Art Direction - Set Decoration: James Payne
Academy Awards 1973 - Best Costume Design: Edith Head
Academy Awards 1973 - Best Director: George Roy Hill
Academy Awards 1973 - Best Film Editing: William H. Reynolds
Academy Awards 1973 - Best Original Screenplay: David S. Ward
Academy Awards 1973 - Best Picture

Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh93%

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 61,625
5 stars out of 5 -- [A] masterfully smooth grift that's built on golden-age savvy but never feels like a rose-tinted throwback.
Total Film
Jun 1, 2012
The Sting remains the definitive con artist comedy: as irresistible and ingenious as the scheme that hooks in Doyle. Full Review
Daily Telegraph (UK)
Jan 1, 2015
It is a fast and furious double shuffle, salted with suspense, humor, surprises, sudden death and a grand slam finale. Full Review
Los Angeles Free Press
Dec 17, 2019
Newman and Redford pass a few facial expressions between them and try to cool each other out. If there ever was much of a script, it can be said to have gone to waste. Full Review
TIME Magazine
Oct 1, 2008
Two elements stand out from the immense technical aspect of the film. The impressive artistic direction and the photograph of the great Robert Surtess. [Full Review in Spanish] Full Review
Espinof
Sep 4, 2019
Extremely handsome production values and a great supporting cast round out the virtues. Full Review
Variety
Feb 19, 2008
This is sheer entertainment, artfully made but without self conscious artiness. It is a picture put together by craftsmen who bring to it all their skills with only one purpose-entertainment. Full Review
Cleveland Press
Apr 4, 2019

Product Description:

Hoping that box-office lighting might strike twice, George Roy Hill again joined forces with Paul Newman and Robert Redford, who star as con men Henry Gondorff and Johnny Hooker in THE STING. In the Chicago of the 1930s, Johnny's partner, Luther (Robert Earl Jones), is fatally wounded by a victim of one of their scams who turns out to be powerful syndicate boss Doyle Lonnegan (Robert Shaw). Eager for revenge, Johnny takes a tip from his dying partner and seeks out mutual friend Gondorff, a consummate master of the long con. Gondorff rouses himself from his alcoholic inertia and agrees to help Johnny take down the despicable Lonnegan, conscripting an army of grifters ready to avenge their friend's death. The labyrinthine plot, which is stuffed with false leads, red herrings, and a double-cross-a-minute, involves a fake bookie joint, a very persistent FBI agent, a bunch of corrupt cops, and one shifty dame. An extremely entertaining film, the Oscar-winning film transcends the genre through the superb acting of the three leads, the keen attention to the re-creation of period detail, and a fiendishly intricate script that cons audiences completely. The wonderful score, which became immensely popular, featured Marvin Hamlisch's orchestral transcriptions of Scott Joplin's piano rags; the film led to a revival of interest in the composer. The film is one of the most entertaining films of the 1970s and lives up to its hype on repeat viewings.

Plot Synopsis:

This lighthearted caper tells the story of two con men who attempt to swindle a powerful racketeer in 1930s Chicago. Johnny Hooker is a young confidence man whose mentor is murdered when they run afoul of syndicate head Doyle Lonnegan. Seeking revenge as well as a career boost, Hooker joins forces with old pro Henry Gondorff. Together the two scam artists cook up a complicated gambling sting that could net them the big score they are looking for.

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Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: December 23, 1973
  • Shooting locations: Pasadena, Santa Monica, and Los Angeles, CA, and Chicago, IL.
  • George Roy Hill decided to use the Scott Joplin music after hearing his nephew playing it on the piano.
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