The Sting (4K UHD)

8.32 h 9 min1973HDRUHDPG
Winner of seven Academy Awards, The Sting is an intricate comedy caper about a small-time crook (Robert Redford) and a veteran con man (Paul Newman) who seek revenge on a crime lord.
George Roy Hill
Robert RedfordPaul NewmanRobert Shaw
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Charles DurningEileen BrennanJohn HeffernanJack KehoeRay WalstonHarold GouldDana Elcar
Tony BillJulia PhillipsMichael Phillips
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Matthew D'SouzaReviewed in the United States on February 19, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Riveting Crime Caper!
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A meticulously detailed crime caper.

The Sting (1973) is director George Roy Hill paying tribute to Carol Reed's The Third Man, William Friedkin's The French Connection, and many older crime thrillers of seamless realism and crafty concoction. David S. Ward's script is clever and unscrupulous in the thought that went into this twist filled plot. The Sting's narrative is structured with precision that is gripping to the last.

George Roy Hill's direction is a phenomenal recreation of The Great Depression era Chicago. The gritty realistic setting and incredible sets that really capture an old Chicago crime feel are impressive. The older clothes, accurate accents, and vintage haircuts all work to make The Sting feel a sense of verisimilitude.

Robert Redford is awesome as the cool con artist with a heart of gold. He feels likable and realistic with an air of sincerity. His youthful energetic keeps The Sting feeling like a rush of energy. Redford is perfect whether ripping off someone from their money with his slick words or wooing a woman with affectionate words. He is the ultimate cool criminal.

Paul Newman is again hilarious as the criminal mastermind and elder con artist teaching the younger Redford. His goofy playing at alcoholic during the first card game of poker is entertaining as the scene is suspenseful. Newman is delightful to watch work his charm with his air of control. He plays perfectly alongside the charismatic Redford.

Robert Shaw is unsurprisingly masterful as the villainous criminal cheat Lonergan. His subtle performance leaves you impressed at how nuanced he accomplishes his character acting. He walks with a limp, yet roars out orders with an unshakable control and imposing presence. His staring eyes are haunting as well. Shaw is just excellent in The Sting.

I loved all the smaller supporting roles in The Sting. Eileen Brennan is great as the madame of a Chicago brothel named Billie. Charles Durning is shocking as terrifying as the corrupt cop Lt. Synder. Lastly, Dimitra Arliss is captivating as the waitress Loretta Salino. Everyone plays their part with a mystifying aura.

The Sting's score is a lovely tribute to old vaudeville acts and early Americana. The music keeps you entertained and the movie moving along with a gleeful joy to life your spirits during the darker sequences.

To conclude, The Sting is certainly worth watching for Robert Redford and Paul Newman, but also offers Robert Shaw's brilliant role and a ton of sweet songs. The chase sequences are otherworldly as are the scams and setups. You should give The Sting a chance!
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Joe O'BrienReviewed in the United States on January 30, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
The "Oscar" winner for Best Picture of 1973
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I first saw "The Sting" in the theater soon after it was first released at Christmastime 1973. I was 18 at the time. Well I'm 64 now and I got it DVD and I appreciate it even more. The movie takes place in Chicago in The Great Depression era of the 1930's. It stars Paul Newman as Henry Gondorff, (based on an actual character,) and Robert Redford as Johnny "Kelly" Hooker as two professional con men. Robert Shaw is menacing as the gangster Doyle Lonnegan, Gondorff and Hooker go after to get revenge for the murder of their good friend. The terrific supporting cast includes Ray Walston, Charles Durning, Harold Gould and Eileen Brennan. Directed by George Roy Hill who directed Newman and Redford in "Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid" from 1969. Hill also directed Robert Redford in "The Great Waldo Pepper" from 1975 and Paul Newman in "Slapshot" from 1977 which were pretty good flicks.

"The Sting" won the "Oscar" for Best Picture in 1973,(winning over "The Exorcist",) and George Roy Hill won Best Director honors. Scott Joplin's music "The Entertainer" and the soundtrack album went to the top The Billboard Charts. I got the album when I was 18 and I still have it ! "The Sting" was a big hit at the box-office also, in The Top 100 Box-Office Champions of All Time ,(adjusted for inflation as of 2020.) In 2005 The National Film Registry started by The Library of Congress in 1988 to preserve films that are " historically, culturally and aesthetically significant," put "The Sting" on that list. They add to it every few years. There are only 800 films on that list as of 2020. Quite an honor. The DVD features entertaining interviews with Newman,Redford and other members of the cast from 2002. The tagline for the movie poster read "All it takes is a little confidence."
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G. KaplanReviewed in the United States on January 31, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
The Blu-ray looks great, but disappointing liberties were taken with the music.
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The Blu-ray version of this classic caper looks great*, but the wonderful Oscar-winning interpretation of Marvin Hamlisch's adaptation of Scott Joplins piano rags were futzed with. For instance, the number over the opening credits, "The Entertainer", had a very specific, old fashion sound in the theatre (on the previous DVD, release, as well)... and here the number is lifted from the soundtrack released on CDs (and back in the day: LPs and cassettes), which had a different sound. Beautiful music, of course, but that special STING sound that I'm certain director George Roy Hill wanted is now missing. This is also evident in "Pineapple Rag", the number we hear when Gondorff's right-hand men (J.J. Singleton, Kid Twist and Eddie Niles) are being gathered by Gondorff via the famous finger brushed aside the nose. The one featurette is fun, but the special features are lacking, here. For example, nobody talks about the beautiful artwork that bookends the film and headlines each "chapter" of the movie. Nor is there any mention of Albert Whitlock's wonderful matte paintings.

*Back to the look of the film on this Blu-ray edition, there is a moment early on when Johnny Hooker is walking with Eerie Kid after visiting Luther. The color of Hooker's suit is incorrect (it looks black when in reality it is rust-colored with stripes). Once Lt. Snyder drives up and attacks Hooker, though, the proper color has returned. I wonder what happened there!
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FishcakeReviewed in the United States on January 12, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Can't stop watching it
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The Sting is the first movie that opened the viewer's eyes to the inside of a con. And the acting is excellent.

They actually researched the c0o9n man's world and then interpreted it for the viewer. Who ever heard the expression, "The quill"? Yet we understand it by the positioning and context given when Kid Twist says it.

And John Scarne was the hands for Paul Neuman on the train! How about that?

The selection of the music was incidental and perfect. And today how many people know that brushing the side of the nose to show silent agreement came from this movie?

This is a film you should see if you like acting, plots, twists and good cinematography.
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David E. BaldwinReviewed in the United States on January 14, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Boisterous Con Game
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The key to "The Sting" is the meticulously detailed script by David S. Ward that keeps you guessing even if you've seen the film a few times. George Roy Hill's buoyant direction keeps the film bouncing until its ambiguous conclusion. This Depression Era film is handsomely detailed giving it a real sense of time and place. Terrific performances from top to bottom. Loved Paul Newman's aging conman out for one last big score. Also noteworthy is Robert Shaw's chilling syndicate leader who murders for spite. I wasn't buying Robert Redford as a young grifter, though. He was too old for the part and seemed a little too contemporary. The chemistry between Newman and Redford that was present in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" wasn't so apparent here. My sense is the casting was due to box office considerations more than anything else. Oddly, Redford was the only cast member to garner an Oscar nomination when the film was released in 1973. At the very least Shaw should have gotten one. Easily. Since "The Sting" is essentially story driven this quibble is a minor one.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on April 30, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
1 of the greatest con movies of all time
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The Sting is a classic crime drama. From the opening notes of Scott Joplin’s The Entertainer which is the theme song to the first scam Robert Redford pulls you know this is going to be an interesting story. The story focuses upon Redford and Paul Newman trying to pull off the ultimate con game during the Great Depression in Chicago. The twist is they go after one of the biggest mobsters in the city.

The movie was directed by George Roy Hill who worked with Redford and Newman on Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid previously. This collaboration was much better.

I love how they set up the con. It goes in stages and employs a small army of men to pull it off. Plus there are some big twists to throw you off balance. It makes you think of the Oceans 11 series in terms of the complexity of the plan even though this was obviously made years before.

In the end The Sting is one of the greatest con movies of all time.
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Devin K. WilliamsReviewed in the United States on September 24, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Set in the Depression... Timeless story
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This is one of my three favorite movies of all time. It's got it all. Mystery. Humor. Friendship. And more.

If you've never seen it, do me a favor and don't read any reviews that tell you the story or any summary of what it's about until you watch it. The ending contains an array of surprises.

The story starts with a caper (con) and turns into a real buddy film. It's smart, clever, funny, and... well, just great. Plenty of others will write a critique on performances, the actors, etc., but I will just say the people that star in this film are all recognizable by my generation and either were or became big names. Everything was just stellar from costumes, the acting, character development, and most importantly, how the story unfolds.

This is a "must" in a video library.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on June 24, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Perfect Filmmaking
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If you think 4k over Bluray is a publicity stunt, or something only highly trained technicians can tell the difference, think again. I watched the Bluray the other day for comparison, and noticed how snowy and noisy all the dark scenes were in the black parts of the frame. From the moment when the hood delivers the bad news to Grainger that one of their runners lost all the cash, you see the dark scenes as truly black, all inky in their clean beauty. When Snyder corners Hooker in the alley, the black is beautiful. Think of the great painters who used darkness as much as light. Not snowy, noisy black, but BLACK. In 4k, black is back. The increased detail, honestly, mostly escapes me, but it's those blacks that really stand out for me. It may not be perfection, but as Redford's character says at the very end of The Sting, "it's close!"
Oh, and it's a perfect movie, too, by the way. One of the best movies to showcase two true movie stars at the top of their game.
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