The Sting script
The Sting (1973)
Synopsis: Following the murder of a mutual friend, aspiring con man Johnny Hooker (Robert Redford) teams up with old pro Henry Gondorff (Paul Newman) to take revenge on the ruthless crime boss responsible, Doyle Lonnegan (Robert Shaw). Hooker and Gondorff set about implementing an elaborate scheme, one so crafty that Lonnegan won't even know he's been swindled. As their big con unfolds, however, things don't go according to plan, requiring some last-minute improvisation by the undaunted duo.


Granger burns inside. One of the girls who's been sorting

and counting hands him a slip of paper.


I just got the count. We'll put

the take on the 4:15.


We'll be waitin'.

Combs hangs up, smiling to himself, proud of the way he gave

the needle to Granger.



Granger storming over to a safe and jerking open the door.




Mottola hustles out of his chair.


(handing him a bundle

of bills)

Take this up to the city on the

15. They'll be waitin' for it at

the clearing house. And don't stop

for no drinks. You can get a cab

down the street.

Mottola takes the money and slips it into his inside coat

pocket with all the dramatic flair of the true flunky. No

one would ever guess that he was just an overdressed

messenger boy.


Mottola emerges from a side entrance into a narrow alley.

He walks briskly down to the end and turns left into a large

alleyway; this one connecting two streets. The alley is

deserted save for one scruffy, slovenly dressed young

stranger coming toward him from the opposite direction. The

man carries a battered suitcase and seems to be in a hurry.

Suddenly, Mottola hears shouting coming from somewhere

behind him. He turns around to see a small, weathered

looking thief come racing around the corner and down the

alley toward him, frantically pursued by a gray-haired black

man. Limping noticeably, the black man manages a few cries

for help and then stumbles and falls. The stranger yells at

Mottola to cover his side of the alley, and then readies

himself for the arrival of the thief. Mottola just stands

there, not the least interested in the exercise of justice.

Just as the thief is about to run on by, the stranger throws

his suitcase at the little man's legs, sending him sprawling

and separating him from the wallet he's been carrying in his

left hand.

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David S. Ward

David Schad Ward (born October 25, 1945) is an American film director and screen writer. He is an Academy Award winner for the George Roy Hill heist film The Sting (1973). more…

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