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The Sting

  PG HD Closed Captioning

George Roy Hill

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Plot Summary

Winner of 7 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, The Sting stars Paul Newman and Robert Redford as two con men in 1930s Chicago. After a friend is killed by the mob, they try to get even by attempting to pull off the ultimate "sting." No one is to be trusted as the twists unfold, leading up to one of the greatest double-crosses in movie history. The con is on!

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 55
  • Fresh: 51
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 8.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The film is so good-natured, so obviously aware of everything it's up to, even its own picturesque frauds, that I opt to go along with it. – Vincent Canby, New York Times, Feb 12, 2014

Fresh: Extremely handsome production values and a great supporting cast round out the virtues. – A.D. Murphy, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: As for Newman and Redford, they have developed a form of instant communication. Words are not as important as they way they look at each other. Call it as snow job or call it acting, it is very pleasing to watch. – Kathleen Carroll, New York Daily News, Feb 27, 2015

Fresh: The movie has a nice, light-fingered style to it. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Perhaps one of the all-time greatest movies in the history of motion pictures!

I first saw "The Sting" back in January of 2008. And...I instantly fell in love with it. It's become one of my favorite movies. I seen watched two times since then, and every time I see, I feel like I'm watching it as if it were the first time I'd ever seen it. The performances from the entire cast (not just from Newman and Redford) are impeccable. The screenplay is superb. George Roy Hill's direction is the reason why this is probably the most well-directed movie ever. The plot, setting, design, cinematography, locations, and costumes are top-notch. And, above all, the music of ragtime composer Scott Joplin makes "The Sting" the masterpiece that it is. This is a great movie where people of all ages leave with this exact same thought: "This is a GOOD movie." And there are very few GOOD movies made anymore.

Historically Significant, Musically Ingenious, Caper Classic

This movie is great in as timeless a way as many of the greatest ever made, in any era and from any country. Combine Paul Newman, Robert Redford, and Robert Shaw, all in their glory, into a clever con artist movie, with the timeless music of Scott Joplin, complete with a twist ending. It has to rank, in the minds of many, in the top 10 American films of the ages. It certainly does in mine. Where are Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid? Where is Cool Hand Luke? Where is Jeremiah Johnson? Perhaps the Sting is a good omen for the best films yet to come. The Sting stands on its own, in any account, and always will.

The Sting

One of the all time greats. The biggest con though is the one they pull on the viewer. At the end of the movie I knew I'd been had.

The Sting
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 1973

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