The Sting

Sting
Comedy
, Crime, Drama
1973

Director: George Roy Hill Cast: Robert Redford, Paul Newman, Robert Shaw, Charles Durning, Ray Walston, Eileen Brennan, Harold Gold, John Heffernan, Dana Elcar, Jack Kehoe, Dimitra Arliss, Robert Earl Jones, James Sloyan, Charles Dierkop, Lee Paul, Sally Kirkland, Kathleen Freeman (uncredited)

Academy Awards: Best Picture; Best Director (George Roy Hill); Best Original Screenplay (David S. Ward); Best Art Direction-Set Decoration; Best Costume Design; Best Film Editing; Best Scoring Original Song Score and/or Adaptation (Marvin Hamlisch)

Also Nominated For: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Robert Redford); Best Cinematography; Best Sound

I First Saw In: c. 2012

Synopsis: In Chicago in September 1936, 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.

Did You Know? Edith Head won her 8th Oscar for Costume Design for this film. In her acceptance speech she said, “Just imagine: dressing the two handsomest men in the world and then getting this.”

Quotables: HENRY: Sorry I’m late. I was taking a crap.

And now a Word from the Guise:
This film lost my interest completely the first time I watched it, and not much has changed this second time around. It’s hard to keep track of all the villains, because there’s so many of them, and they all look very similar. I like the crime aspect of it, that at least keeps it somewhat suspenseful. I suppose I do like it a little more, but not by much.

Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233