Friday, July 24, 2015

The Sting (1973)

Director: George Roy Hill

Writer: David S. Ward

Music adapted by: Marvin Hamlisch

Starring: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, Charles Durning, Ray Walston, Eileen Brennan, Harold Gould, John Heffernan, Dana Elcar, Jack Kehoe, Dimitra Arliss, Robert Earl Jones, James Sloyan, Sally Kirkland

More info: IMDb

Tagline: ...all it takes is a little Confidence.

Plot:  In Chicago in September 1936, a young con man seeking revenge for his murdered partner teams up with a master of the big con to win a fortune from a criminal banker.

My rating: 10/10

Will I watch it again? Oh, yeah.

I LOVE this movie.  The casting is outstanding, the look and feel of the time and place, the con, the dialogue, the super fun ragtime Scott Joplin tunes (despite the music being 15 years too late, it works beautifully), the works.  This should be required viewing for everyone but especially film makers who want to make a crime picture.  I can't say enough about the casting. Everyone does a pitch perfect job.  This is one of those pictures that takes me away from modern day and transports me back in time.  I should have more to say considering how much I dig this flick but that's all I've got.  Oh, and that, for old time's sake, I'd like to see the sequel. It's been over 30 years.  I don't recall liking it all that much but the cast has some fun cats in it. 

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