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Cast: Robert Redford, Charles Dierkop, Robert Shaw, William Benedict, Paul Newman, Sally Kirkland, Charles Durning, Ed Bakey, James Sloyan, John Quade, Robert Earl Jones, Robert Brubaker, Ray Walston, Byron Morrow, Larry D. Mann, Harold Gould, Arch Johnson, Kathleen Freeman, Susan French, Leonard Barr, Dimitra Arliss, Dana Elcar, Jack Kehoe, Eileen Brennan, Ta-Tanisha, John Heffernan, Patricia Bratcher, Alexander Lockwood, Pearl Shear, Chuck Morrell, Arthur Tovey, Brad Sullivan, Ken Sansom, Joe Tornatore, Jack Collins, Avon Long, Lee Paul, Paulene Myers, Bruce Kimball, Guy Way, Kenneth O'Brien, Tom Spratley (Show Less)
The Sting is a 1973 American caper film set in September 1936, involving a complicated plot by two professional grifters to con a mob boss. The film was directed by George Roy Hill, who had directed Newman and Redford in the western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Created by screenwriter
The Sting is a 1973 American caper film set in September 1936, involving a complicated plot by two professional grifters to con a mob boss. The film was directed by George Roy Hill, who had directed Newman and Redford in the western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Created by screenwriter David S. Ward, the story was inspired by real-life cons perpetrated by brothers Fred and Charley Gondorff and documented by David Maurer in his book The Big Con: The Story of the Confidence Man. The title phrase refers to the moment when a con artist finishes the "play" and takes the mark's money. If a con is successful, the mark does not realize he has been "taken", at least not until the con men are long gone. The film is played out in distinct sections with old-fashioned title cards, with lettering and illustrations rendered in a style reminiscent of the Saturday Evening Post. The film is noted for its anachronistic use of ragtime, particularly the melody "The Entertainer" by Scott Joplin, which was adapted for the movie by Marvin Hamlisch. The film's success encouraged a surge of popular and critical acclaim for Joplin's work. Show Less
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