The Sting (1973) – Encore Review


“If I didn’t know you better, I’d swear you had some class! ” – Louise Coleman

Number of Times Seen – Numerous  Times (TV, DVD, 31 May 2013 and 2 Aug 2021)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A group of grifters in 1920 prohibition era Chicago join forces in order to topple a local gangster.

My Take on it – Really enjoyable film that works so well because of the tone and way it is presented.

The cast helps keep things so engaging because they all have such great chemistry together that it shows the kind of camaraderie that they all share.

Robert Redford and Paul Newman are superb together in this film and it’s great that they don’t start off as partners, but rather the story allows their partnership to build and develop.

This is a very light hearted film, but the way it is put together and presented keeps it so powerful and poignant the whole way through.

The plan that is enacted here is done so well and the story is able to spoon feed it to the audience without much trouble.

The supporting cast enhances the story even more with their great performances; Ray Walston, Harold Gould, Eileen Brennan, Charles Durning and Robert Shaw all are at the top of their game in these roles.

This movie was able to win 7 Oscars including Best Picture and Director and still works even after 48 years.

Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This was the only film for which Robert Redford was ever nominated for an Academy Award as Best Actor. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)

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