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08/17/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)


Our Daily Free Stream: George Roy Hill - The Sting. Das Wort "stylish" wird gern überstrapaziert, doch in diesem Falle triffts: The Sting ist einer der "stylischsten" Filme seiner Zeit. Baujahr 1973 muss man dazufügen: Weit über seine Zeit hinaus! Unter der Regie von George Roy Hill finden hier (erneut) Paul Newman und Robert Redford zusammen - eines der besten Buddy Teams der Geschichte! Beide verkörpern Betrüger, die sich ein besonders reiches Opfer (Robert Shaw) vorgenommen haben. Ihre Methode ist dabei derart komplex, dass sie den Rahmen einer Kurzbeschreibung sprengen würde. Erfreulich, dass Hill dabei stets die Zügel fest in der Hand hält und ein Skript, auf das er sich verlassen kann. Umwege gibts keine! The Sting spielt in Chicago um 1930 - und eines der Qualit...


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04/08/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Easy, Forgettable Fun

The Sting is an ideal example of a fun, forgettable comedy. It's reasonably entertaining, it's pretty clever, and it's well acted. It's no masterpiece, and the twists and characters may feel overused now, but The Sting is still a decent way to spend 2 hours.

Master con man, Johnny Hooker seeks revenge and reward to scam Doyle Lonnegan, a gang leader who killed Hooker's long time crime partner. Hooker gets the help of Henry Gondorff and others to make this elaborate scheme work.

The plot may be paper thin, but The Sting manages to stretch itself to a rather unreasonable 2 hours. Certainly a sub-plot or two could've been removed and shaved off at least half an hour. Despite the length, The Sting is (mostly) entertaining from beginning to end.

Production values are high. Cinematogra...

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08/24/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Sting review

The film involves a small time grifter John Hooker (Robert Redford), an experienced con artist Henry Gondorff (Paul Newman) and a shrewd mob boss Doyle Lonnegan (Robert Shaw). Excellent scrip-writing and pacing of the story telling. Character development was well executed and has wonderful performances from the supporting cast. The 2 leads provided solid acting as well. Countless twists and action with drama was evident. Memorable lines: FBI Agent Polk - "Try not to live up to all my expectations." Hooker - "You were right, Henry. It's not enough... But it's close." Its aura doesn't seem dated and the humor coupled with the delightful score, art direction, costumes and camera direction brought life to this caper flick. The Sting truly deserves its place as one of the best pictures...

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09/27/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Fantastic fil that boasts 2 legends of film!

`The Sting' is an extremely well written story by David Ward (`Major League', `Sleepless in Seattle') and David Maurer about some smalltime grifters who attempt to swindle a mob boss. The film was nominated for ten Academy Awards in 1974 and won seven Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director. It reunited director George Roy Hill, Robert Redford and Paul Newman four years after their blockbuster, `Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid'. Strangely, although Butch and Sundance made it to number 50 on AFI's top 100 of the century, this film did not make that list. This is even more surprising since `Butch' did not win the Oscar for Best Picture in 1970 (`Midnight Cowboy' won it that year). While I think `Butch' is funnier and more exciting, this film is more intriguing with interesting ch...

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11/28/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Review - The Sting (1973)

When Johnny Hooker (Robert Redford) found his partner Luther Coleman (Robert Earl Jones) murdered by Doyle Lonnegan (Robert Shaw), he decided to get revenge with the help of Henry Gondorff (Paul Newman). They plan to take Lonnegan for all he’s worth in the Best Picture winning film, “The Sting.”

This is another Best Picture winner that didn’t win for being the best dramatic piece of the year or the most thought provoking. It’s just a fun movie that you don’t need to think too much about to find entertaining.

The most comment-worthy aspect of this film would be the writing, as it is a very elaborate plot that works easily. Their scam is played out slowly, making sure every necessary precaution is taken to succeed. It’s a really intriguing look at what lengths people will go through t...

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