Robert Redford and Paul Newman in "The Sting" (1973)

The Sting (1973) Directed by George Roy Hill. Robert Redford as Johnny Hooker and Paul Newman as Henry Gondorff

Hooker: I wouldn’t ask you to do this, you know, if it weren’t for Luther.
Gondorf: Nothin’s gonna make up for Luther. Revenge is for suckers. I been griftin’ thirty years, I never got any.
Hooker: Then why are you doin’ it?
Gondorf: Seems worthwhile, doesn’t it?

3 Responses to “The Sting (1973)”

  1. It’s Oscar win doomed the film for many, who immediately designated it as exceedingly overrated. Sure Erice’s THE SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE and Eustache’s THE MOTHER AND THE WHORE are in retrospect probably the best films of 1973, but George Roy Hill’s entertaining film is always a delight on re-viewing. The Marvin Hamlish score which adapts Scott Joplin is wonderful of course.

  2. It’s not the first or last time Oscar went for the big Hollywood entertainment over better films (Cries and Whispers, Last Tango in Paris, The Last Detail, Serpico, Paper Moon for example), but that doesn’t mean The Sting isn’t great fun. It’s slight and barely seems to break a sweat, but Newman/Redford were great together (and I say that as someone who doesn’t especially like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), it looks and sounds great and all the supporting performances are top notch. I rewatched it for the next podcast and i was surprised at how much I liked it.

  3. I’ve got a soft spot for The Sting, as it’s my birth year Best Pic, and I do love the score. I’ve also always liked a good heist or con flick, which this is. Plus, I’m a sucker for men in those kinds of outfits–the suspenders, the hats…total weak knees over here, even without Redford and Newman wearing them.

    That said, I’d probably give the Oscar to The Spirit of the Beehive, for sheer cinematic beauty.

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