Directed By: George Roy Hill Starring: Paul Newman Robert Redford

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2 disc set includes: the art of the sting-making of documentary theatrical trailer production notes


Studio Universal Home Video
SKU 40719322
UPC 025192790225
UPC 14 00025192790225
Format DVD
Release Date 9/6/2005
Rating Rating
Essential Cinema
Organized Crime
Scams And Cons
Theatrical Release
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.
George Roy Hill
Paul Newman
Robert Redford
Cast & Crew
Charles Durning - Actor
David S. Ward - Writer
George Roy Hill - Director
Paul Newman - Actor
Robert Redford - Actor
Robert Shaw - Actor
Robert Surtees - Cinematographer
Tony Bill, et. al. - Producer
William Reynolds - Editor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1973
Catalog ID 27902
UPC 00025192790225
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 130 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Oscar (1974) Henry Bumstead, James Payne, Winner, Best Set Decoration,Edith Head, Winner, Best Costume Design,George Roy Hill, Winner, Best Director,William Reynolds, Winner, Best Film Editing,Marvin Hamlisch, Winner, Best Music Score Or Adaptation,David S. Ward, Winner, Best Original Screenplay,Robert Redford, Nominee, Best Actor,Robert Surtees, Nominee, Best Cinematography,Robert R. Bertrand, Ronald Price, Nominee, Best Sound
Golden Globe (1974) David S. Ward, Nominee, Best Motion Picture Screenplay
Review ...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///
Reviewer The Motion Micture Guide
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Special Edition, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Spanish, French, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Newman,Paul
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever Sparkling...inventive...excellent acting

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