Universal (Tony Bill, Michael Phillips & Julia
W: David S. Ward
DP: Robert Surtees
Ed: William Reynolds
Mus: Scott Joplin (adapted by Marvin
PD: Henry Bumstead
Cos: Edith Head
Paul Newman (Henry Gondorff), Robert Redford (Johnny
Hooker), Robert Shaw (Doyle Lonergan), Charles Durning (Lt. William Snyder), Ray Walston (J.J. Singleton), Eileen Brennan (Billie)
Reuniting the two leading men of Butch Cassidy &
The Sundance Kid with it's director George Roy Hill, The Sting is a crime caper starring Paul Newman & Robert Redford as two confidence tricksters who plan one last hustle on the
gangster who caused the death of one of their friends.
Though the eventual hustle takes an absolute age to
get round to, the climax is very fulfilling, though all that comes before it can become rather tiresome. The film feels unconvincingly set bound, especially for a 1973 production, but
this didn't stop it being a runaway success, proving a huge hit with cinema audiences as well as Oscar voters, who named it the Best Picture of the year.
A lesser sequel, with a second rate cast, emerged a