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MPAA Rating - PG

Length:
    130 Minutes

Genre:
    Crime

Original Release Date:
    Sep 6, 2005

Director
    George Roy Hill

Cast
    Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, Charles Durning, Ray Walston

 
Movie Summary
Four years after setting box offices ablaze in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Paul Newman, Robert Redford, and director George Roy Hill reteamed with similar success for The Sting. Redford plays Depression-era confidence trickster Johnny Hooker, whose friend and mentor Luther Coleman (Robert Earl Jones) is murdered by racketeer/gambler Doyle Lonnegan (Robert Shaw). Hoping to avenge Luthers death, Johnny begins planning a sting--an elaborate scam--to destroy Lonnegan. He enlists the aid of the greatest con artist of them all, Henry Gondorff (Paul Newman), who pulls himself out of a drunken stupor and rises to the occasion. Hooker and Gondorff gather together an impressive array of con men, all of whom despise Lonnegan and wish to settle accounts on behalf of Luther. The twists and surprises that follow are too complex to relate in detail: suffice to say that you cant cheat an honest man, and that you shouldnt accept everything at face value. The Sting became one of the biggest hits of the early 1970s: grossing $68,450,000 during its first run, the film also picked up seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Adapted Score for Marvin Hamlischs unforgettable setting of Scott Joplins ragtime music. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide


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