The Sting (1973)

Set in the 1930s, this deftly made comedy-suspencer deals with an ambitious small-time crook (Robert Redford) and veteran con man (Paul Newman) who seeks revenge on the vicious crime lord (Robert Shaw) who murdered one of their brotherhood.

This is a genius, genius film.  I don’t think Robert Redford,  Paul Newman and George Roy Hill, as team can go wrong. I mean, I’m not saying it’s better than Butch and Sundance, but it isn’t far off.

This film was nominated for 10 Oscars (3 more than Babe) and won Seven of them! Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Costume Design, Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Music Scoring Original Song Score and/or Adaption, Best Writing Story and Screenplay  and Best Picture. Well deserved, despite being up against the Exorcist. Especially the set design and costume, the real authenticity of the 1930s look really adds a great deal to the film.

And Redford and Newman are the greatest duo ever to watch on screen.

The real Sting on Robert Shaw is no more outlandish or ridiculous than the Ocean’s movie’s and this is one of the best Con movie’s that I have seen.

Great performances as well, especially Robert Earl Jones and Charles Durning.


Fantastic second outing for Freeman and Redford. Not quite as good as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid but not far off.

Best Line in the Film: Sorry I’m late, guys, I was takin’ a crap.”  – Paul Newman (Legend)


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