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- frank r. lopez
Winner of seven Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director. The musical score and the cast performances move this film along rapidly. The criminal con artists seek revenge against vicious Chicago gangsters and get it, plus terrific twist ending. Newman and Redford's last effort together. A shame they didn't make more films together. I love the costmes especially the Kid Twist character's. Yes it is a drama but it makes you smile and laugh rooting for the conmen. One of the Top 50 films ever made and a must-see.
- Hauntess A. Clichae
A '70's effort at 20's/30's authenticity with the usual accompanying bits of sexuality & cursing so apparently necessary in varying amounts in 99% of movies since then. Obviously I'm too immature not to dig it.
Yes and No.
Yes, this is a great movie. Love the story, acting, and cinematography. Yes, it has grins in it. A comedy, Not! It is, however, a good con on con flick. It is exciting to see which crook will finally prevail. Loved Redford and Newman.
- Michael Whitty
"The Sting" is a fabulous bit foolery with an Academy Award script that takes money from the villains. In 1974 it went toe-to-toe with "The Exorcist" for the public's fancy and won by $2 million dollars. The big con had its way in this story of con artists successfully fooling crooks with Newman and Redford again teaming up well. This movie turned out to be a wonderful plot line of good guys outwitting the bad guys. One of the finest screenplays of the 70s "The Sting" is still remembered as who can sting who the best.
Is this really a comedy?
Although one of my favorite movies, I don't understand why it is categorized as a comedy. The character of Luther was savagely beaten and thrown out of a window to his death. Is this funny? Adventure - maybe. Comedy - no.
my review title says it all.
Eileen Brennan over Robert Redford
- Rich Bysina
Not really a review, but a question to whoever lists the three stars of these movies: How can you list Paul Newman, Robert Shaw, and then EILEEN BRENNAN!?!? Is Robert Redford "chopped liver"?
One of the all time best
The Sting is so entertaining on so many levels. A movie has to be truly special when it contains so many surprises and plot twists, yet can still be enjoyed over and over even after the first viewing. In my opinion, it's the perfect combination of cast, script, plot, sets, costumes, music, direction, everything. Sometimes I think Hollywood forgets that one of it's main objectives should be to entertain us. But not this time. One of my all time favorites.
- Dashiell Barnes
Director Hill and stars Newman & Redford reunite to make the Best Picture winner of '73. Redford earns an Oscar nomination for his ambitious con man who meets Newman's con man to avenge a fallen friend. Strong supporting work from antagonist's Shaw & Durning, and Brennan & Gould. Costume desinger Edith Head won her final Oscar for creating the costumes; also honoured for direction, original screenplay, art direction, editing & music. A terrificly suspenseful, funny & entertaining film. I give it a 5/5.
"You owe me fifteen grand, pal"
- Jeff Boston
Good film (one gripe: no need to move see-through curtains) with good acting (especially Newman and Shaw, unbelievably neither one nominated for an Oscar) and a realistic, good story (complex, with twists, yet able to be followed and appreciated) in Chicago. "The Sting" is about bad people doing bad things to bad people - the realistic, bad story too many Americans would tell when describing the ongoing history of the Windy City.
One of the great twist endings...
- Tim Walters
I remember seeing this at the drive-in when it first came out. As a kid, I loved watching the supporting characters do their memorable jobs (especially Charles Durning's Lt. Snyder). The ending blew me away and made me a fan for life! Overall, this film remains one of my all-time favorite for a multitude of reasons: the plot, the characters, the pacing, the music(!), among others. This is one of those 'have fun' films that you can watch over and over...and I do!
You owe me ten grand, pal.
- Pat Turman
In 1973 (when I was about ten), my parents took me to the theatre to see this movie. I have been a huge Paul Newman & Robert Redford fan ever since. I absolutely love the card-playing scene on the train. Newman looks like he's having so much fun pretending to be drunk as he gets Robert Shaw's goat. Has any actor ever been more charming in the movies? If so, I haven't seen it.
Butch and Sundance of the Great Depression.
- Frank Harris Horn
Paul Newman and Robert Redford made motion picture history in 1969 with "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid", and now, they're back together again in George Roy Hill's Oscar-winning comedy caper set in Depression-era Chicago. Newman and Redford are two small-time con men, who conspire a plot by putting "the sting" on Robert Shaw as a New York City high-roller, who murdered one of their pals. A long and entertaining film. Winner of seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, Hill as Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Marvin Hamlisch won an Oscar for Best Score Adaptation, Best Costume Design and Best Film Editing. Also starring Eileen Brennan, Charles Durning, Ray Walston, Sally Kirkland, Harold Gould, Dana Elcar, Robert Earl Jones, Charles Dierkop, Arch Johnson, Dimitra Arliss, James J. Sloyan, Avon Long, John Quade, Paulene Myers, Jack Kehoe, Ed Bakey, Larry D. Mann, Kenneth O'Brien, Jack Collins, Ta-Tanisha & Tom Spratley.
One of the Greatest Films ever made ! Terrific music score based on Scott Joplin. George Roy Hill directs Paul Newman, Robert Redford and an all-star cast of misfits,crooks, con-men grifters , hookers and assasins ! What more can you ask for , shown in "Chapter" form, revenge is sweet but the best the "boys" can do is huslte gangster Doyle Lonnegan(Robert Shaw) who has Luther Coleman(Robert Earl Jones) murdered. This much beloved film has tremendous heart! Winner of 10 , count em' 10 Academy Awards! And everyone of them earned !A true celebration of film !
What a great movie!
This movie has it all! Well deserving of the best picture Oscar! The first time I saw this movie I was completely surprised at the ending! A true cinema classis and a must see!
Boy, was I "stung"....
What a TERRIFIC movie..one of my all time favorites...the only thing that saddened me a little was the ending....but George Roy Hill directed this movie to cinema perfection, Newman and Redford together make a chemistry that very few ever achieve...this has got to be one of the 10 best movies ever made....at least it should be...keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire way...GREAT FILM!!!!
- Callie Rhodes
This is one of the best movies of all time. The first time I saw it my jaw literally dropped at the end. Paul Newman and Robert Redford are brilliant in it. The screenplay and plot are bith brilliant. Just to show how good it is, I forced two of my friends, both teenage guys, to watch it. Their mouths were hanging open, and at the end they were both speechless. The first thing that was either one said was, "Wow." And I have to agree, wow.
- dick hawley
probably one of the most entertaining movies of all time. Can't imagine a better cast. We have watched it many times and will continue to watch in the future. We are 70 years old but really believe it,s watchable by any age.
One of the...
- Carl Carstens
One of the BEST movies, ever, period! A true movie masterpiece! The plot, music, performances, everything was very fine tuned to make a movie that I shall never forget. Excellent, superb! They will never make a movie like this, again! The talent available today just isn't good enough. A remake would only be a very poor imitation. I would highly recommend this movie to those who want to see what movie making used to be, and would still be if the actors today were as talented as they were then.
- Wendy Winkler
This is a movie with clever writing and wonderful performances. The cast is a pure delight. Why wasn't Harold Gould nominated for a supporting Oscar? Ray Walston and Eileen Brennan are great too. I highly recommend this movie.