The Sting (1973): A Great Films mini-review

The Sting


George Roy Hill


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In 1930s Chicago, a young con man seeking revenge for his murdered partner teams up with a master of the big con to win a fortune from a criminal banker.

My mini-review:

A superb heist movie, one of the best I've seen. The charisma and harmony between Paul Newman and Robert Redford is very enjoyable and takes this movie to the next level. A thriller that keeps it all tense and suspenseful until the very end with a dramatic conclusion. Truly deserved every Oscar it won.

Favorite Scenes: (Spoiler Alert!)

  • “The Hook” scene
  • “You're a gutless cheat” scene
  • “World's Easiest Five Grand” scene
  • Final scene

Outstanding performances:

  • Paul Newman (as Henry Gondorff)
  • Robert Redford (as Johnny Hooker)


2 hours and 9 minutes




Comedy / Crime / Drama


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