The Sting

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.
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Production: Universal Pictures
  Won 7 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 6 nominations.
 
IMDB:
8.3
Metacritic:
80
Rotten Tomatoes:
93%
PG
Year:
1973
129 min
421 Views

The stranger makes a dash for the wallet and kicks it back

to where Mottola is standing. Almost by reflex, Mottola

picks it up. The thief scrambles to his feet and starts

back toward his new-found enemy, brandishing a knife. Both

the stranger and Mottola brace themselves for an attack.

The thief, realizing that there are two people to fight,

begins to think better of it. He is not a young man, nor

particularly strong.

THIEF:

(shaking his fist at

the stranger)

You fuckin' n*gger-lover. I'll get

you for this someday, sucker egg.

Mottola and the stranger exchange glances of relief as the

thief flees out onto the street and disappears.

The black man, meanwhile, has struggled to his feet and is

staggering toward them. He collapses against the alley wall

after a few steps. The stranger rushes over to him, followed

somewhat absently by Mottola.

BLACK MAN:

The wallet. You gotta go after him.

He's got all the money.

STRANGER:

Don't worry, we got the wallet.

What happened? He get ya with the

knife?

The stranger opens the Black Man's coat to reveal a bloody

wound at the top of his leg.

BLACK MAN:

(trying to move)

Give it to me! Please. I gotta

know it's all there!

STRANGER:

You just sit tight, old man. We're

gonna have to get you to a doctor.

(starting to leave)

I'll call a cop.

BLACK MAN:

No, no cops!

Mottola has given him his wallet, which the black man now

opens, disclosing a fat bundle of bills tied by a rubber

band. Mottola and the stranger are amazed by the amount of

money.

STRANGER:

(a little uneasy)

You wanted by the law or somethin'?

BLACK MAN:

Naw, it's okay.

STRANGER:

You're crazy carryin' that kinda

money in this neighborhood. No

wonder you got hit.

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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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