The Sting

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The Sting is a 1973 crime film starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw and Harold Gould. The film was directed by George Roy Hill.


Con men Johnny Hooker (Redford) and Henry Gondorff (Newman) make a big heist in Chicago.

Why It Rocks

  1. The film was well written and had an outstanding cast.
  2. Perfect reproduction of 1930s clothing.
  3. The iconic opening song The Entertainer by Scott Joplin was an interesting theme for the opening titles.
  4. Our main characters have superb chemistry.
  5. Interesting plot twist that Gondorff used to work for the F.B.I.


The Sting currently holds a 93% "Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes with an average of 8.3 out of 10 and a critic consensus that reads "Paul Newman, Robert Redford, and director George Roy Hill prove that charm, humor, and a few slick twists can add up to a great film." Film critic Roger Ebert awarded the film a four out of four stars and stated in his review "The movie has a nice, light-fingered style to it."

Awards and nominations

The Sting won seven Oscars including Academy Awards and was nominated for 10 including Best Actor for Robert Redford. The film was placed in the National Film Registry in 2005.