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on 31 August 2005
I bought of the the new ones from the New & Used people.
Not sure if all copies are like this, but my version is in mono. Now, I wasn't expecting 7.1 surround or anything, but I'm sure we had stereo in 1973! The only reason it bothers me is that the soundtrack really makes this film and it is a shame that Scott Joplin isn't done more justice.
Please consider yourself warned.
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on 10 July 2015
The Sting is a wonderful film about con-artists in 1930s Chicago. It is fast-paced, amusing and beautifully crafted with a wonderful story. The cast are superb with Newman and Redman dominating proceedings as the veteran con-man and the small-time trickster seeking his help respectively. The DVD itself while lacking many extras does provide some interesting textual profiles of the main members of the cast and the director. All in all an excellent film and an all-time classic.
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on 28 February 2016
Set in Chicago in the 1930s, this moderate comedy film features usual pairing of Paul Newman and Robert Redford previously from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid but this time as a gambling duo plus the worthy addition of Robert Shaw to the main cast. The dialogues are quite dodgy and considering the fact that the film was made in 1973, the techniques are still good together with the efforts to make Chicago seedy 1930s-like. Again, I won't give too much away. Worth buying.
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Watched with our son & his girlfriend. They were still caught out with the surprise at the end and thoroughly enjoyed it.
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on 16 May 2015
Great movie, even better than how I remembered it. The forerunner of modern hustle shows, but with bags more class.
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on 1 February 2001
This 1973 offering from director George Roy Hill reunites the two Hollywood stars, Paul Newman and Robert Redford, and captivates the viewer with an delightful and irresistable tale of life as a con-artist. It is not hard to understand why "The Sting" received seven Academy Awards, including best picture. Robert Redford plays a small-time drifter, Hooker, hoping to advance onto the "Big Con", and seeking to get back at the man who killed his partner. Such a role is hard to perform without appearing clichéd, and yet Redford conveys his part with both youthful energy and a sensitivity which immediately allows the viewer to sympathize with him. Such sympathy is critical for the later stages of the film, as Hooker endures emotional dilemmas which serve to sustain the energy of the film, and set up the infamous final twist. Indeed, this is the greatest strength of "The Sting". With a plot of such intricacy and deception, it would be easy for the human element to be lost, and for the writer to instead rely purely on plot twists to hold the viewer's attention. Of course, such a film would be cheap, lacking emotional vigour, and would not be worthy of such acclaim. Writer David S. Ward has done a tremendous job in ensuring that character relations are highly developed. He is helped by the natural chemistry between Redford and Newman, which is a joy to behold. Newman is every bit as impressive in his role as veteran con man Gondorf, and Robert Shaw adds the final piece to the jigsaw in his deliciously vicious portrayal of city crime lord, Doyle Lonnegan. Despite the obvious importance and benefit of such superior acting, the plot of "The Sting" is what has helped it become one of the most popular and memorable films of all time. The manner in which these con-artists put "the sting" on Doyle is excruciatingly clever, exciting and original. With a stunning script, and a host of acting talent on display, "The Sting" remains one of the greatest cinematic achievements of the 1970s.
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on 16 April 2016
Great film , let down by lack of commentary , prior to this i had a T.V recorded version ,of course the picture/ sound is as good as could be expected plus a documentary with cast /crew and then a load of Universal adverts . So if your looking for more info on what your watching ,this isnt it sadly.
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VINE VOICEon 16 October 2007
This must be one of the best movies ever made.
In the seventies Messrs Newman and Redford made several films together and they went together like Bob and Bing. They are ably supported by a kaleidascope of stars and boy do they pull it off. We used to say at the time, "You don't have a leading lady now - you have Robert Redford"!!!! Set in the Depression in the thirties they overcome adventures and problems to pull off a magnificent con. The sting in the tail really is a sting and would do a scorpion proud.
The younger generation are so accustomed to the predictable nonsense that is coming out of Hollywood these days, it is great to see what they were capable of pulling off thirty years ago.
If you haven't seen this film, then DON'T MISS IT.
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on 21 December 2008
5stars for this film in every aspect. The feel, the story, the characters, the music , the sets, everything. Redford and Newman are awesome as they try and pull off the big con. Two of the biggest names in Hollywood and they make great acting look effortless. Their on screen chemistry is fantastic.

Robert Shaw is superb as the vicious crime lord who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. His subtle hints as to what will happen if his 'customers' don't obey his word are legend, do you follow!

This film is 35 years old now and the beauty of it is it will never fade, its a timeless piece and a must for any fan of the silver screen, young or old. When they say 'they don't make them like this anymore' its never more true for this classic.
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on 14 September 2005
As someone has already said, this film is in mono, which is rather odd. Also it's not anamorphic widescreen, rather it's a widescreen presentation in a 4:3 frame, so if you've got a widescreen tv you have to use 'cinema' mode to get it full screen and it's considerably lower resolution than a real widescreen version would be. Also the picture is fairly low quality and dirty.
So, a DVD produced with the minimum of expense and care. Hope someone does a quality version some day cause it's a great film.
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