Film Watch – 270. The Sting

Fast Facts

Title: The Sting
Director: George Roy Hill
Year: 1973
Run time: 2hrs 9m

Background Info

I’ve seen this film a gazillion billion times and I absolutely adore it. I love the con man genre (Hustle, etc) and this one also holds fond memories because my dad introduced me to it. Mr C and I were feeling a bit run down on Saturday, so settled in for an afternoon on the sofa – and this makes a perfect afternoon film.

Live Blog

0:25 – Wooo, the Entertainer. One of the only songs I can play on the piano from memory.
1:24 – I like credits/titles that show you the character next to their names.
6:04 – I’m always confused by the people that chew on the toothpicks. I would hurt myself!
8:44 – Snazzy new suit that looks very similar to the previous one!
11:05 – Oh people and their gambling ways.
12:26 – Awesome cars.
17:20 – “I’m getting too old for this racket. You hang on too long, you start embarrassing yourself.”
19:49 – Naughty policeman. Why is it so easy to feel sorry for these conmen even though they are thieves?
22:13 – Why are their phoneboxes indoors?
23:58 – That’s Ye Olde Rage.
29:09 – Where do you get massive blocks of ice like that? I want one!
31:35 – “Cos I don’t know enough about killin’ to kill him.”
40:36 – Dear me. Why won’t he own up to the fake money? These people are helping him out?
48:28 – Trains with compartments are the best.
50:06 – Earlier, Hooker tossed out a full bottle of wine. Now this is half a bottle of gin down the sink. So much alcohol wasted.
57:03 – I hate this bit because I still haven’t got my head around poker.
1:06:00 – “If I’m not there by quarter to two, I’m not coming.”
1:11:32 – It’s quite fun that they all wear hats.
1:26:42 – Ooh, I love last minute cons, that’s what Hustle do all the time.
1:30:55 – Why are all the doors to these diners on the diagonal?
1:33:30 – Whenever they say Gondorff, I keep thinking Gandalf.
1:40:51 – Running down alleyways is like people running up to the roof. Never works out well!
1:44:28 – “You stink, Mister.” These are my kind of insults.
1:54:12 – Imagine having half a million just turning up at your desk like that. Mmmm, money.

Conclusions

Naturally, I went into this film knowing I loved it, and it was quite fun to be watching with Mr C who hadn’t seen it before. This time I got to be the one who answered the questions and had all the knowledge – that very rarely happens! Anyway, I love it so it’s only ever going to get a five out of five from me. It is slightly longer than I remember, but the twists and turns along the way make it so worth it.

Rating: 5/5

4 comments

  1. Ah what a classic. It was on ITV ages ago when I stumbled on it on a similar sort of day, tired, just wanted to chill out.. and it was just perfect. It has something a lot of films lack now: good pacing.
    As I’m no good at working out tricks and cons I think I didn’t even understand what had happened until the second viewing.

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  2. I absolutely love this film. It may very well be my favourite movie ever. I have seen it loads of times as well and I will watch it loads more.

    Great theme song and I agree about the the credits.

    How can Mr C not have seen The Sting? It is an absolutely classic and it is on TV regulary.

    Poker is easy you should add it to your life list. You can even play on facebook so you don’t need to spend money on it. All you need to understand for most film/TV are the ranks of the hands http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_poker_hands

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  3. Mr C

    It is an absolutely classic and it is on TV regulary.

    i don’t watch tv. mind you, i used to so there’s no real excuse.

    i do have an aversion to old looking stuff though. if christine hadn’t made me watch it, i likely wouldn’t have given it the time of day. the rotating scene transitions are sooooo cheesy 🙂

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