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The Sting (1973)


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GROSS REVENUE:
$156,000,000 (USA)

GENRES:
Thriller, Adventure

BUDGET:
$5,500,000 USD (estimated)

DVD RELEASE DATE:
September 6, 2005

RELEASE DATE:
December 25, 1973


PG

George Roy Hill

Tony Bill | Michael Phillips | Julia Phillips

David S. Ward

Marvin Hamlisch

Robert Surtees

William Reynolds

Universal Pictures

United States

English

Biltmore Hotel - 506 S. Grand Avenue, Downtown, Los Angeles, California, USA

Brownstone Street, Backlot, Universal Studios - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California, USA

Castle Green Apartments - 99 S. Raymond, Pasadena, California, USA

LaSalle Street Station - 141 W. Van Buren Street, Downtown, Chicago, Illinois, USA

New York Street, Backlot, Universal Studios - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California, USA

Penn Central Freight Yards, Near West Side, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, California, USA (Merry-Go-Round scene)

Stage 27, Universal Studios - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California, USA - studio

Stage 28, Universal Studios - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California, USA

Stage 32, Universal Studios - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California, USA

Union Station - Canal St. & Jackson Blvd., Near West Side, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Robert-Shaw

The Sting II

Academy Awards

1974 Won Oscar Best Art Direction-Set Decoration Henry Bumstead & James W. Payne

1974 Won Oscar Best Costume Design Edith Head

1974 Won Oscar Best Director George Roy Hill

1974 Won Oscar Best Film Editing William Reynolds

1974 Won Oscar Best Music, Scoring Original Song Score and/or Adaptation Marvin Hamlisch

1974 Won Oscar Best Picture Tony Bill, Michael Phillips & Julia Phillips. Julia Phillips became the first female producer to win the Best Picture category

1974 Won Oscar Best Writing, Story and Screenplay Based on Factual Material or Material Not Previously Published or Produced David S. Ward

1974 Nominated Oscar Best Actor in a Leading Role Robert Redford

1974 Nominated Oscar Best Cinematography Robert Surtees

1974 Nominated Oscar Best Sound Ronald Pierce & Robert R. Bertrand

American Cinema Editors, USA

1974 Won Eddie Best Edited Feature Film William Reynolds

David di Donatello Awards

1974 Won David Best Foreign Actor (Migliore Attore Straniero) Robert Redford. Tied with Al Pacino for Serpico (1973)

Directors Guild of America, USA

1974 Won DGA Award Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures George Roy Hill, Ernest B. Wehmeyer (unit production manager) (plaque) and Ray Gosnell Jr. & Charles Dismukes (assistant directors) (plaque)

Edgar Allan Poe Awards

1974 Nominated Edgar Best Motion Picture David S. Ward

Golden Globes, USA

1974 Nominated Golden Globe Best Screenplay - Motion Picture David S. Ward

Golden Screen, Germany

1975 Won Golden Screen (CIC distributor)

Kinema Junpo Awards

1975 Won Readers' Choice Award Best Foreign Language Film Director George Roy Hill

National Board of Review, USA

1973 Won NBR Award Best Film

National Film Preservation Board, USA

2005 Won National Film Registry

PGA Awards

1998 Won PGA Hall of Fame - Motion Pictures Tony Bill, Julia Phillips & Michael Phillips

People’s Choice Awards

1975 Won People's Choice Award Favorite Motion Picture

Writers Guild of America, USA

1974 Nominated WGA Award (Screen) Best Drama Written Directly for the Screen David



The Sting starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman The Sting starring Robert Redford The Sting starring Paul Newman Robert Redford in The Sting


Paul Newman
Paul
Newman
Robert Redford
Robert
Redford
Robert Shaw
Robert
Shaw
Charles Durning Ray Walston Eileen Brennan Harold Gould John Heffernan Dana Elcar Jack Kehoe

Robert Redford and Paul Newman reprise their partnership from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid as two Chicago con-men brought together by the murder of a mutual friend. They plan revenge against the culprit, mob leader Lonnegan (Robert Shaw), who is himself a master conman. Their revenge is the only type they are capable of - a sting. To carry out the sting, they set up a fake gambling den in which the unexpected climax takes place. However, it's not only Lonnegan they have to deal with; they also have the police breathing down their necks. It's an elaborate and tightly plotted film, full of so many twists and turns that we are barely able to keep up with them on first viewing.

A film as much remembered for the design and music as the plot, few who watch it forget Redford's red suit or the recurring piano theme of 'The Entertainer'. A real example of how 'they don't make them like they used to'; likeable, loveable rogues get their revenge on the gangland boss through a combination of quick talking, a certain cheeky chappiness and their cunning and guile.

The movie swept the board at the Oscars, and has certainly stood the test of time, to the extent that almost every film or programme about con men, including recent examples like Confidence and the TV Show Hustle, are inevitably and unfavourably compared to it. It's best not to talk about the disappointing and frankly pointless sequel ten years later or these pale imitators.

Many characters are seen drinking Schlitz beer during the film. Schlitz was the largest beer company in the world during the 1930s.

Robert Shaw injured his ankle and incorporated the resulting limp into his performance.

The movie is based on the real-life exploits of grifter brothers Charley and Fred Gondorf, whose experiences culminated in a scam similar to the one shown in the film, known in 1914 as "the wire" or "the big store". Unlike the movie, however, the actual "mark" was more than happy to testify against Charley Gondorf, the front man of the scam, and he spent time in Sing Sing, as did his younger brother a year later for running another scam. Both served a few years and were released. As late as 1924, when Charley was 65 and Fred 60, they were still active, and running new scams.

The meaning and relevance of a "Sting" is that it can be defined as a confidence trick, a scam, confidence game or a con. The use of the word sting to mean this is a metaphor based on the hurt or pain of a bee sting doubling for that of being a victim of a swindle.

Doyle Lonnegan: What was I supposed to do - call him for cheating better than me, in front of the others?

Johnny Hooker: Luther said I could learn some things from you. I already know how to drink.

Johnny Hooker: He's not as tough as he thinks.
Henry Gondorff: Neither are we.

Henry Gondorff: You have to keep this con even after you take his money. He can't know you took him.

FBI Agent Polk: Sit down and shut up, will ya? Try not to live up to all my expectations.

Louise Coleman: If I didn't know you better, I'd swear you had some class!

Just before hooker meets Billie, the camera crew is reflected in a passing vehicle.

Spoilers:

When Cole chases Hooker into the dead-end alley and is subsequently killed by Salino, the trigger for the squib can be seen in the actor's left hand. You can also see how he uses his thumb to operate it.

In the scene where Salino is killed, as the gloved man runs toward Hooker, someone appears on a rooftop in the background and witnesses the murder scene.

It's one of cinema's most beloved heist movies, and for good reason: The Sting is balls-out fun from start to finish, a showstopper work for both Robert Redford and Paul Newman, and alternately funny and thrilling. Reviewed by: contactmusic.com

Viewing The Sting is cinematic enjoyment at its purest - the empathy that Newman and Redford have for each other, and the way in which this spreads to the entire cast, energises the entire film. Evoking the classic Hollywood gangster movies, each character displays certain mannerisms and methods of speech which whisk us right into the middle of the Depression. Reviewed by: Damian Cannon of Movie Reviews.

The Sting looks and sounds like a musical comedy from which the songs have been removed, leaving only a background score of old-fashioned, toe-tapping piano rags that as easily evoke the pre-World War I teens as the nineteen-thirties. Reviewed by: Vincent Canby of the New York Times.

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