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The Sting [Blu-ray/DVD] [Collector's Series]

  • PG
  • Blu-ray/DVD
  • 2 discs
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • 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 acting of the three leads, the keen attention to the re-creation of period detail, and a fiendishly intricate script that cons audiences completely. The wonderful score, which became immensely popular, featured Marvin Hamlisch's orchestral transcriptions of Scott Joplin's piano rags; the film led to a revival of interest in the composer. The film is one of the most entertaining films of the 1970s and lives up to its hype on repeat viewings.

    Academy Awards Best Picture 1973
    Academy Awards Best Director 1973 George Roy Hill Director
    Academy Awards Best Original Screenplay 1973 David S. Ward Screenwriter/Director
    Academy Awards Best Costume Design 1973 Edith Head Oscar winning costume designer, THE STING
    Academy Awards Best Adapted or Musical Song/Score 1973 Marvin Hamlisch Legendary film composer
    Academy Awards Best Art Direction 1973 Henry Bumstead Production Designer, MILLION DOLLAR BABY (2004)
    Academy Awards Best Film Editing 1973 William H. Reynolds Editor, AUTHOR
    Academy Awards Best Art Direction - Set Decoration 1973 James Payne Art Director

  • Credits
    Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Charles Robert Jr. Redford, Robert Shaw, Eileen Brennan, Charles Durning, Ray Walston, Harold Gould, Dana Elcar, Jack Kehoe, Dimitra Arliss, Dimitra Arlys, Robert Earl Jones, Earl Jones, James Sloyan, Charles Dierkop, Sally Kirkland, Avon Long, Arch Johnson, Archie Johnson, Ed Bakey, Brad Sullivan, John Quade, Larry D. Mann, Joe Tornatore, Joseph A. Tornatore
  • Critic Reviews
    "[A] Depression-era caper in which the actors played con men who attempt to relieve Robert Shaw's murderous gangster of half a million bucks via horse-racing scam."
    Entertainment Weekly

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