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In 1930s Illinois, young hustler Johnny Hooker (Robert Redford) vows revenge after his older partner (Robert Earl Jones) is murdered at the behest of kingpin Doyle Lonnegan (Robert Shaw) in retribution for a con pulled on one of his runners. Travelling to Chicago, Hooker teams up with old hand Henry Gondorff (Paul Newman), and together they plan the ultimate 'sting' against Donnegan. This re-teaming of Robert Redford and Paul Newman, following the success of 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid', won seven Oscars and helped repopularize the music of Scott Joplin, which features heavily on Marvin Hamlisch's soundtrack.
Winner of seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, Director, and Screenplay, this critical and box-office hit from 1973 provided a perfect reunion for director George Roy Hill and stars Paul Newman and Robert Redford, who previously delighted audiences with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Set in 1936, the movie's about a pair of Chicago con artists (Newman and Redford) who find themselves in a high-stakes game against the master of all cheating mobsters (Robert Shaw) when they set out to avenge the murder of a mutual friend and partner. Using a bogus bookie joint as a front for their con of all cons, the two feel the heat from the Chicago Mob on one side and encroaching police on the other. But in a plot that contains more twists than a treacherous mountain road, the ultimate scam is pulled off with consummate style and panache. It's an added bonus that Newman and Redford were box-office kings at the top of their game, and while Shaw broods intensely as the Runyonesque villain, The Sting is further blessed by a host of great supporting players including Dana Elcar, Eileen Brennan, Ray Walston, Charles Durning, and Harold Gould. Thanks to the flavorful music score by Marvin Hamlisch, this was also the movie that sparked a nationwide revival of Scott Joplin's ragtime jazz, which is featured prominently on the soundtrack. One of the most entertaining movies of the early 1970s, The Sting is a welcome throwback to Hollywood's golden age of the '30s that hasn't lost any of its popular charm. --Jeff ShannonSee all Product description
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on 23 October 2017
Format: Amazon VideoVerified Purchase
It's a classic and I'd completely forgotten how much I love this film. Bought it to renew my love and to introduce my partner to it as he'd never seen it. The classic pairing of Robert Redford and Paul Newman always brings something special to the screen. The musical score is amongst the best from Scott Joplin. By today's standards, it may not be rammed with special effects, swearing or glitzy locations but it has the most important thing of all - a great storyline brought to life by some superb actors, with a plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Eat your heart out Oceans Eleven!
on 19 October 2017
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
Before there was the hustle or oceans 11 there was the sting. Wonderful movie two amazing actors whose chemistry is sizzling. Who couldn't love Redford and Newman bouncing off of each other. A classic so happy to add it to my collection
on 20 March 2017
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
The film is so good that you have to watch it three times as there are so many twists and turns.The sound/picture quality is what you would expect.If you have not seen it buy it as it is so good,if you have seen it,still buy it to remind you how good it is
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Good price for the blu-ray version. Nice transfer while keeping it looking "filmic"
Bought this after lending my first copy to someone who didn't return it.