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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 actin...
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CastEileen Brennan
DirectorGeorge Roy Hill
Release Date:  1973
MPAA Rating:  PG
DVD Release Date:  Universal Studios Home Video (March 31, 1998)
Runtime:  2hr 9min
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review by . May 11, 2000
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Pros: great movie     Cons: ........     Bringing together Hollywood's bad boys again, The Sting stars Newman and Redford as a couple of con artists going for the biggest sting of all time.      Redford, who has effectively ticked off most of the gangsters in Joilet, heads for Chicago to meet the greatest con artist of them all, Newman. Redford's crime partner in Joilet has been killed off and Redford wants to avenge his death. Newman, …
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