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The Sting (1973)

In Chicago in September 1936, a young con man seeking revenge for his murdered partner teams up with a master of the big con to win a fortune from a criminal banker.

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John Heffernan ...
Eddie Niles
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Jack Kehoe ...
Erie Kid
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Luther Coleman (as Robertearl Jones)
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Mottola (as James J. Sloyan)
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Floyd - Bodyguard
Lee Paul ...
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Storyline

Johnny Hooker, a small time grifter, unknowingly steals from Doyle Lonnegan, a big time crime boss, when he pulls a standard street con. Lonnegan demands satisfaction for the insult. After his partner, Luther, is killed, Hooker flees, and seeks the help of Henry Gondorff, one of Luther's contacts, who is a master of the long con. Hooker wants to use Gondorff's expertise to take Lonnegan for an enormous sum of money to even the score, since he admits he "doesn't know enough about killing to kill him." They devise a complicated scheme and amass a talented group of other con artists who want their share of the reparations. The stakes are high in this game, and our heroes must not only deal with Lonnegan's murderous tendencies, but also other side players who want a piece of the action. To win, Hooker and Gondorff will need all their skills...and a fair amount of confidence. Written by headlessannie

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Recapture "the STING Experience". REMEMBER HOW GOOD THE FEEL WAS THE FIRST TIME (re-release) See more »

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25 December 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Clou  »

Box Office

Budget:

$5,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$159,600,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Laurence Olivier was considered for the role of Doyle Lonnegan. See more »

Goofs

When Doyle points out the guy in the red sweater on the golf course too Floyd, there are two shadows on the ground behind him. See more »

Quotes

Henry Gondorff: What's your problem?
Doyle Lonnegan: I'm putting half a million dollars on Lucky Dan to win, third race at Riverside Park.
Henry Gondorff: Can't lay that off in time. A bet like that could break us.
[Hooker stares at him incredulously]
Doyle Lonnegan: Not only are you a cheat, you're a gutless cheat as well.
Henry Gondorff: What are the odds?
Eddie Niles: Four to one.
Henry Gondorff: Take all of it!
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Crazy Credits

The opening animated logo for Universal Pictures is in 1930s style, matching the movie's setting, instead of the 1970s version. See more »


Soundtracks

Rag Time Dance
(1906) (uncredited)
Written by Scott Joplin
Conducted and Adapted by Marvin Hamlisch
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You wanna make a film - here's how...
23 December 2005 | by (Blandford Forum England) – See all my reviews

A delicious wheeze from start to finish. Certainly a film that leaves you thinking that you'd like to have been in Henry's gang and played a part in separating Lonnegan from his dough. The editing is pin sharp and beautifully cast with a superb musical track to keep you company. The framing, the photography, the pace all dovetail exquisitely and if you feel left outside of the game plan in your first viewing, never fear, the second time of watching, you'll enjoy it just as much but it will mean more. Certainly it's a film you'll want to see a second time. At least. Oscars rightly by the handful and nominations are full deserved to combine for a winning performance by all concerned. Definitely in my top fifty of all time.


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