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The Sting (1973)

Director:
George Roy Hill
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Drama/Comedy/Crime
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Stikket
RUNNING TIME
129 minutes
Producer:
Tony Bill
Julia Phillips
Michael Phillips
Screenwriter:
David S. Ward


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Henry Gondorff Paul Newman
Johnny Hooker Robert Redford
Doyle Lonnegan Robert Shaw
Lt. Wm. Snyder Charles Durning
J. J. Singleton Ray Walston
Billie Eileen Brennan
Loretta Dimitra Arliss
Kid Twist Harold Gould
Eddie Niles John Heffernan
Luther Coleman Robert Earl Jones
FBI Agent Polk Dana Elcar
Erie Kid Jack Kehoe
Crystal Sally Kirkland

 

Review

Paul Newman and Robert Redford certainly enjoy themselves as they team up for another "crime with a smile" film (after the successful Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid four years prior). The Sting is thoroughly lightweight but also remarkably intriguing and clever, as Newman and Redford plan to swindle mobster Robert Shaw who has killed their mutual friend. George Roy Hill's direction is shamelessly uppish and uncritical, and the film unfolds as an endless escapade which to most people will be sheer and classic fun from start to finish. The film won a big handful of Oscars and (over)popularized ragtime music through Marvin Hamlisch's adaptation of Scott Joplin's classics.

Copyright 18.6.2008 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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