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The Sting (1973)

George Roy Hill, Robert Redford, Paul Newman
Release Date: 09/06/2005 
Label:  Universal Studios (Dvd)   Catalog #: 27902  

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Hoping that box-office lighting might strike twice, George Roy Hill again joined forces with Paul Newman and Robert Redford, who star as con men Henry Gondorff and Johnny Hooker in THE STING. In the Chicago of the 1930s, Johnny's partner, Luther (Robert Earl Jones), is fatally wounded by a victim of one of their scams who turns out to be powerful syndicate boss Doyle Lonnegan (Robert Shaw). Eager for revenge, Johnny takes a tip from his dying partner and seeks out mutual friend Gondorff, a consummate master of the long con. Gondorff rouses himself from his alcoholic inertia and agrees to help Johnny take down the despicable Lonnegan, conscripting an army of grifters ready to avenge their friend's death. The labyrinthine plot, which is Read more stuffed with false leads, red herrings, and a double-cross-a-minute, involves a fake bookie joint, a very persistent FBI agent, a bunch of corrupt cops, and one shifty dame. An extremely entertaining film, the Oscar-winning film transcends the genre through the superb acting of the three leads, the keen attention to the re-creation of period detail, and a fiendishly intricate script that cons audiences completely. The wonderful score, which became immensely popular, featured Marvin Hamlisch's orchestral transcriptions of Scott Joplin's piano rags; the film led to a revival of interest in the composer. The film is one of the most entertaining films of the 1970s and lives up to its hype on repeat viewings.

Directed by George Roy Hill. Starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, Eileen Brennan, Charles Durning, Ray Walston, Harold Gould, Dana Elcar, Jack Kehoe, Dimitra Arliss, Robert Earl Jones, James Sloyan, Charles Dierkop, Sally Kirkland, Avon Long, Arch Johnson, Ed Bakey, Brad Sullivan, John Quade, Larry D. Mann, Joe Tornatore.

Color: Color
# of Discs: 1
Country of Origin: USA
Original Languages: English
Subtitled Languages: English, French, Spanish
Closed Captioned Languages: English
Dubbed Languages: French, Spanish
Region 1


Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
Dual (Single Sided)

Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound - English
Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound - French
Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono - Spanish DISC 2

Full Frame - 1.33
Dual (Single Sided) Audio
Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
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