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The Sting Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Four years after setting box offices ablaze in , Paul Newman, Robert Redford, and director George Roy Hill re-teamed with similar success for The Sting. Redford plays Depression-era confidence trickster Johnny Hooker, whose friend and mentor Luther Coleman (Robert Earl Jones) is murdered by racketeer/gambler Doyle Lonnegan (Robert Shaw). Hoping to avenge Luther's death, Johnny begins planning a "sting" -- an elaborate scam -- to destroy Lonnegan. He enlists the aid of "the greatest con artist of them all," Henry Gondorff (Paul Newman), who pulls himself out of a drunken stupor and rises to the occasion. Hooker and Gondorff gather together an impressive array of con men, all of whom despise Lonnegan and wish to settle accounts on behalf of Luther. The twists and surprises that follow are too complex to relate in detail -- suffice to say that you can't cheat an honest man, and that you shouldn't accept everything at face value. The Sting became one of the biggest hits of the early '70s; grossing 68.5 million dollars during its first run, the film also picked up seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Adapted Score for Marvin Hamlisch's unforgettable setting of Scott Joplin's ragtime music. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:April 14, 1974

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Michael Phillips Best Picture 1973 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ronald Pierce Best Sound 1973 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Edith Head Best Costume Design 1973 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Henry Bumstead Best Art Direction 1973 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Marvin Hamlisch Best Adapted or Original Song Score 1973 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Redford Best Actor 1973 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Surtees Best Cinematography 1973 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tony Bill Best Picture 1973 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences David S. Ward Best Original Screenplay 1973 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association David S. Ward Best Screenplay 1973 Nominee
Directors Guild of America George Roy Hill Best Director 1973 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences George Roy Hill Best Director 1973 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Julia Phillips Best Picture 1973 Winner

Cast

Paul Newman
as Henry Gondorff/Mr. Shaw
Robert Redford
as Johnny Hooker/Kelly
Robert Shaw
as Doyle Lonnegan
Charles Durning
as Lt. William Snyder
Ray Walston
as Singleton
Eileen Brennan
as Billie
Robert Earl Jones
as Luther Coleman
Charles Dierkop
as Floyd
Lee Paul
as Bodyguard
Sally Kirkland
as Crystal
Arch Johnson
as Combs
Ed Bakey
as Granger
Brad Sullivan
as Cole
John Quade
as Riley
Leonard Barr
as Burlesque Comedian
Paulene Myers
as Alva Coleman
Tom Spratley
as Curly Jackson
Kenneth O'Brien
as Greer
Ken Sansom
as Western Union Executive
William Benedict
as Roulette Dealer
James J. Sloyan
as Mottola
Harold Gould
as Kid Twist
Dana Elcar
as FBI Agent
Jack Kehoe
as Erie Kid
Dimitra Arliss
as Loretta Salino
Scott Joplin
as Piano Rags
John Quade
as Riley
Charles Dierkop
as Floyd
Robert Earl Jones
as Luther Coleman
Brad Sullivan
as Cole
Dimitra Arliss
as Loretta Salino
Sally Kirkland
as Crystal
Jack Kehoe
as Erie Kid
Dana Elcar
as FBI Agent
Arch Johnson
as Combs
Harold Gould
as Kid Twist
William Benedict
as Roulette Dealer
Leonard Barr
as Burlesque Comedian
Tom Spratley
as Curly Jackson
James J. Sloyan
as Mottola
Ken Sansom
as Western Union Executive
Paulene Myers
as Alva Coleman
Kenneth O'Brien
as Greer
Lee Paul
as Bodyguard
Ed Bakey
as Granger

Crew

George Roy Hill
Director
Tony Bill
Producer
Richard D. Zanuck
Producer
Michael Phillips
Producer
Robert L. Crawford
Producer
Julia Phillips
Producer
David S. Ward
Screenwriter
Marvin Hamlisch
Adaptation by
Marvin Hamlisch
Screenwriter
Robert Surtees
Cinematographer
Marvin Hamlisch
Composer (Music Score)
Scott Joplin
Featured Music
Henry Bumstead
Art Director
Edith Head
Costume Designer
Ronald Pierce
Sound/Sound Designer
Albert J. Whitlock
Special Effects
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