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Specifications

Studio Universal
SKU 230140776
UPC 025192139970
UPC 14 00025192139970
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Classic
Crime
Essential Cinema
Nostalgic
Organized Crime
Recommended
Scams And Cons
Theatrical Release
Vengeance
Editors Note
Note 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 Summary
Summary 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.
Directors
George Roy Hill
Actors
Paul Newman
Robert Redford
Cast & Crew
Charles Durning - Star
Brad Sullivan - Star
Eileen Brennan - Star
James Sloyan - Star
Charles Dierkop - Star
Arch Johnson - Star
Ray Walston - Star
Larry D. Mann - Star
Robert Shaw - Star
Ed Bakey - Star
Joe Tornatore - Star
Paul Newman - Star
Avon Long - Star
Robert Redford - Star
Robert Earl Jones - Star
Dimitra Arliss - Star
Jack Kehoe - Star
Sally Kirkland - Star
Harold Gould - Star
Dana Elcar - Star
John Quade - Star
David S. Ward - Screenwriter
Julia Phillips - Producer
Tony Bill - Producer
David Brown - Executive Producer
Robert Surtees - Director of Photography
Edith Head - Costume Designer
Marvin Hamlisch - Composer
Michael Phillips - Producer
George Roy Hill - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1973
UPC 00025192139970
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 130 minutes
Color Color
Awards
Name George Roy Hill
Award Category Best Director
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1973
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name David S. Ward
Award Category Best Original Screenplay
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1973
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Edith Head
Award Category Best Costume Design
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1973
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Marvin Hamlisch
Award Category Best Adapted or Musical Song/Score
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1973
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Henry Bumstead
Award Category Best Art Direction
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1973
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name William H. Reynolds
Award Category Best Film Editing
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1973
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name James Payne
Award Category Best Art Direction - Set Decoration
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1973
Award Giver Academy Awards
Features
DVD, Digital Audio
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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