The Sting


After the teaming of Paul Newman, Robert Redford and director George Roy Hill cleaned up at the box-office with Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid, they were odds-on to make a swift return. And indeed, four years later, they reunited for this slickly-tooled caper comedy set in 1936 Chicago. Newman and Redford reprise their roles as lovable crooks, Robert Shaw is the mark they aim for and Marvin Hamlisch plunders Scott Joplin's back catalogue for a tuneful score. The plot's the kind of twisty affair that keeps us guessing right to the last just who's double-crossing who and how. Sure, it may be shallow stuff, but the dialogue pings from character to character and the period recreations are to die for.

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