Henry Gondorff and Johnny Hooker in The Sting (1973)

Universal Pictures.

Everything about. George Roy Hill’s Depression-era caper The Sting is a joy — the Scott Joplin music, the re-pairing of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid stars Robert Redford and Paul Newman, the pacing — but what’s most fun is trying to figure out how the scams work.

The film’s many complicated schemes culminate in a brilliant reality-bending betting parlor setup concocted by Newman’s Henry and Redford’s Johnny, two of the most influential of all movie con artists.

The film deservedly won a slew of Oscars, including for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. 

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