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The Sting (Legacy Series Edition)

Paul Newman , Robert Redford , George Roy Hill    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
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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 Shannon

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Redford and Newman at it again June 4 2004
By A Customer
I just rented this DVD and watched the whole thing, but I've seen this movie several times before.
Johnny Hooker (Robert Redford) is a con artist who unknowingly swindles a lackey of crime boss Doyle Lonnegan (Robert Shaw). After Hooker's partner in the crime is killed, Hooker vows revenge against Lonnegan and seeks Henry Gondorff (Paul Newman), one of the best cons in the game to help in the big Sting. Hooker would love to do more than just hit Lonnegan for a lot of money, but "doesn't know enough about killin' to kill him."
It's not easy separating a crime boss from his money, especially when he owns half the politicians and police. They have to take him without him even knowing he was taken. What follows is an exciting deception, carried out with professionalism and ingenuity.
I don't think the chemistry between Newman and Redford is quite as good as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, but it's still pretty darn good. Lines like this:
Redford (first seeing his arch-enemy): "He's not as tough as he thinks."
Newman: "Neither are we"
The story is classic. You don't exactly know who's who, and you wonder how they're going to pull it off in the end. Scott Joplin's ragtime music, although somewhat anachronistic, is effective at keeping the movie somewhat lighthearted. There are a couple of instances of swearing and a stripper with pasties on, which gives it a PG rating.
The reason for four stars is the fact that the DVD has NO EXTRAS, and the only option is the full screen version, no widescreen. A movie as good as this deserves better, which is unfortunate.
Overall, this is a great movie with great cinematography (transition wipe effects and some tracking shots) and phenomenal acting. Enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's the Big Con ... and it's Hooker by a nose! March 5 2004
The year is 1936, and while generally there's a depression on, small-time Joliet grifter Johnny Hooker (Robert Redford) and his pals Luther Coleman and Joe Erie (Robert Earl Jones and Jack Kehoe) have just hit the big one, taking over $10,000 from a mark in a routine street con. What they don't know, unfortunately, is that their mark is actually a runner for the Illinois operation of New York banker-turned-mob boss Doyle Lonnegan (Robert Shaw), who loses no time sending a pair of killers after them, commenting dryly that "you can't encourage this kind of thing ... ya' folla'?" Hours later, Luther is found dead below his living room window. Shocked and angry, Johnny and Joe nevertheless know they have to beat it, and quickly. Johnny decides to go to Chicago, to look up Luther's old friend Henry Gondorff (Paul Newman), whom Luther has described as a true big-timer. He is less than impressed, however, when he finds Gondorff sleeping off the previous night's booze, actually lying in a corner *beside* his bed. His impression only changes after they have started to talk (and not before he has given him a good drenching in the bath tub to sober him up) and Hooker begins to get an inkling that this guy Gondorff actually does know what he's talking about. Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase

The Sting arrives at blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 1.85:1 encode. I skipped the standard DVD edition of this great movie because the video was pretty bad. Now jumping directly to blu ray and with Universal 100th Anniversary edition, the video is only slightly improved. Focus is not always sharp. There is a soft feeling to the video. Colours are very well done. Earth tones are strong in the opening sequences, and once the story shifts to Chicago, primary colours are used more and standout, as seen in the bright reds and yellows of the arcade to Newman's sparkling blue eyes. Film grain is evident, but looks unnatural in some places. Unlike previous disasters, like the Predtaors (blu ray), Universal’s notorious DNR (Digital Noise Reduction) is not excessive in this transfer. (3/5)


The DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio is wonderful. Based on Scott Joplin's music, Oscar-winner the late Marvin Hamlisch's arrangement fills the surrounds as the opening credits run at the start of the film. The piano rings out with great clarity and the subwoofer augments the metered thump of the drums. This is a very enjoyable soundtrack. (4.
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5.0 out of 5 stars my dad and i had a laugh over their antics
how wonderful it was to be able to enjoy a movie with my Dad who is 86, when he knew the actors and enjoyed the theme of the story.
Published 7 months ago by linda
5.0 out of 5 stars the sting
it was a classic then and still is forty years after it was made. I would highly recommend this movie to anyone and of all ages who love a great movie with great actors.
Published 8 months ago by drew allum
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever twists
I enjoyed this movie very much & am pleased to have it as part of my DVD library.
Paul Newman & Robert Redford make a great team.
Published 9 months ago by Rosemary Standish
5.0 out of 5 stars Great memories !
This movie brought back wonderful memories of an evening my husband and I spent with my parents. The movie theater was so silent as we all tried to figure out the plot, and yes at... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Cindi Shaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous movie
This movie is one of the best ever! So glad I own it now so I can watch it whenever I need a "Sting" fix!
Published 10 months ago by Anne Mccool
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best classical movies
This is one of the best classical movies ever. It brings you back to a time when people lived on their wits alone. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Reluctant
5.0 out of 5 stars Un classique
Ce film de gangster et de petits escrocs est une pure merveille. Il fait partie des films à voir au moins une fois dans sa vie. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Wigmund
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic
Paul Newman and Robert Redford together for the first time all those years ago is a must see. The twists, the humor and sense that these two actors really work well together and... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Terry M
5.0 out of 5 stars Shortest review
Great actors, great script, great plot, one of the top 25 movies of American cinema. A classic story that should satisfy all!
Published on April 16 2012 by PBR
4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant evening's entertainment
The Sting is still as much fun as the first time, even after all these years. Like Butch and Sundance, the relationship between Redford and Newman is the centre of the film. Read more
Published on Jan. 9 2012 by PD Johnston
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