Movies

Sting, The (Universal 1973, Paul Newman, Robert Redford)

Robert Redford, Paul Newman and director George Roy Hill return in The Sting four years after their success with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid to create the most popular of all the buddy movies spawned by their earlier success.

The ’20s-era comedy-adventure revolves around an elaborate con set up to avenge the murder of Redford’s pal, a small-time grifter, by a Chicago mobster (the brilliant Robert Shaw). Redford seeks out the king of the cons, Newman, and finds him living in squalor. After Redford gets Newman on his feet, the old pro and the willing apprentice set up a gambling con game that unfolds like a Chinese puzzle box. Marvin Hamlisch’s score based on Scott Joplin tunes created a brief revival of ragtime music.

The screenplay for the Oscar winner The Sting was actually inspired by a 1940 non-fiction book, The Big Con, by David Maurer.

The Sting

Academy Award Nominations: 10, including Best Actor: Robert Redford; Best Cinematography.

Cast: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, Ray Walston, Eileen Brennan, Charles Durning, Dana Elcar, Harold Gould,

Director: George Roy Hill
Producers: Tony Bill, Michael Phillips, Julia Phillips
Director of Photography: Robert Surtees
Editor: William Reynolds
Composer: Marvin Hamlisch
Songs: Scott Joplin
Screenwriter: David S. Ward
Costume Designer: Edith Head

USA / Universal / 129 minutes / 1973

Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, Ray Walston, Eileen Brennan, Charles Durning, Dana Elcar, Harold Gould, Period comedy drama, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, George Roy Hill, Robert Surtees,

The ’20s-era comedy-adventure revolves around an elaborate con set up to avenge the murder of Redford’s pal, a small-time grifter, by a Chicago mobster (the brilliant Robert Shaw).





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