It’s the 1930s. It’s Chicago. Johnny Hooker (Robert Redford) is a small time con artist who wants to step up to the big league. He ends up working with Henry Gondorff (Paul Newman), though things don’t go quite to plan.
Ah, these films that set up elaborate plots, don’t give the audience all the information, then let the scene play out, leaving the audience on the edge of their seat, hoping against hope that all will go well. Love it. Cannot get enough of it. It is a long film with a lot of set up, but watch it, and watch it closely, and love it like I do.
The Sting won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director (George Roy Hill), Best Writing, Story and Screenplay Based on Factual Material or Material Not Previously Published or Produced (David S Ward), Best Art Direction – Set Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Music, Scoring Original Song Score and/or Adaptation and was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Robert Redford) Best Cinematography and Best Sound.