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Sting (1973)

Director: George Roy Hill     Starring: Paul Newman Robert Redford
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40719322
UPC: 025192790225
UPC 14: 00025192790225
Rating: Game Rating Code
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7 Academy Awards 1973 Including Best Picture
2 disc set includes: the art of the sting-making of documentary theatrical trailer production notes

"Sparkling...inventive...excellent acting  VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever

Editor's 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.
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Video Features DVD, Special Edition, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Spanish, French, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/6/2005
Video Play Time Running Time: 130 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1973
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 27902
Video UPC UPC: 00025192790225
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Charles Durning
Video Cast Info Paul Newman
Video Cast Info Robert Redford
Video Cast Info Robert Shaw
Video Cast Info David S. Ward - Writer
Video Cast Info George Roy Hill - Director
Video Cast Info Robert Surtees - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Tony Bill, et. al. - Producer
Video Cast Info William Reynolds - Editor
Plot 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.

Awards


Oscar (1974)
Video Award Name Henry Bumstead, James Payne, Winner, Best Set Decoration
Video Award Name Edith Head, Winner, Best Costume Design
Video Award Name George Roy Hill, Winner, Best Director
Video Award Name William Reynolds, Winner, Best Film Editing
Video Award Name Marvin Hamlisch, Winner, Best Music Score Or Adaptation
Video Award Name David S. Ward, Winner, Best Original Screenplay
   Video Award Name Robert Redford, Nominee, Best Actor
   Video Award Name Robert Surtees, Nominee, Best Cinematography
   Video Award Name Robert R. Bertrand, Ronald Price, Nominee, Best Sound

Golden Globe (1974)
   Video Award Name David S. Ward, Nominee, Best Motion Picture Screenplay

Professional Reviews

10 of 10
...successful entertainment, masterfully told and played... the aged look of Surtees photography...evokes a feeling of antiquity as if the film is being watched through nostalgic eyes/// - The Motion Micture Guide
Product Attributes
Product attributeActor:   Newman,Paul
Product attributeLabel:   Mca Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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