Saturday, February 25, 2017

Chris' #100: The Sting (George Roy Hill, 1973)

Starring: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw
Director: George Roy Hill
Writer: David S. Ward
Release Date: December 25, 1973

First Time
I don't remember the exact year, but it must've been between 2005 and 2007. Netflix start streaming in the U.S. in '07, and I don't believe I had the option of streaming anything when I got The Sting in the mail.

Why it's on the List
Newman and Redford had great chemistry. I also enjoy stories about grifting and confidence men. The use of Scott Joplin's music really makes this an iconic film. Whenever I hear "The Entertainer," I immediately think of Newman and Redford scamming someone. Overall, it's just a fun time.

Additional Notes/Stats
  • I've only seen this movie once. I'm trying to put most of my "one-timers" near the bottom of my list, unless I really love them. I'd like to re-watch The Sting sometime soon. 100 is a good spot for it because I would probably move it up or remove it entirely, if I saw it again.
  • Unless my list changes, this is the only time that Paul Newman and Robert will make an appearance on my list. I've seen Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, but I enjoyed The Sting more. Cool Hand Luke, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and All the President's Men are great, but they don't make my list.
  • I need to see more Paul Newman movies. I still haven't seen some of his more notable ones - The Hustler, for example.


  1. It's been a long time since I've seen The Sting. I remember it being a good time, but I can't remember many specifics about the film.

    Spoiler: The Hustler is very high on my list.

  2. Same here, I am kinda hazy on the specifics; otherwise I would've said more about it. I know I need to see The Hustler and soon.

  3. The Hustler is as good as it gets. Peak Paul Newman charm. But the Sting is also something that I love. It's just very pleasant.

  4. I was pouring through old blog posts of mine to see when I saw certain films on my list for the first time. In a post in 2013, I talked about wanting to see The Hustler. Almost getting around to it.

  5. Looooove Newman. Hands down my favorite

  6. Looooove Newman. Hands down my favorite

  7. Re-watched. It's pleasant enough, but there are at least half a dozen con/grifter movies I prefer over this one. The visuals bug me a little with this one. Everything looks like a washed-out sound stage.