The Sting

The Sting is a 1973 American fraud film that is set in September 1936 involving a complicated plot by two professional fraudsters to con a mob boss. The fraud film was directed by George Roy Hill and produced by Tony Bill, Michael Phillips, and Julia Phillips. The Sting was created and written by the screenwriter David S. Ward and the story was inspired by the real-life cons perpetrated by the brothers Fred and Charley Gondorff. The fraud film has an impressive cast, starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw, Charles Dunning and Robert Earl Jones.

The title phrase of the fraud film, ‘Sting’, refers to the moment when a con artist finishes the ‘play’ and takes the mark’s money. If a con is successful, the mark does not realize he has been a victim of fraud until the con men are long gone, if at all.

The Cast of The Sting

  • Paul Newman as Henry “Shaw” Gondorff
  • Robert Redford as Johnny “Kelly” Hooker
  • Robert Shaw as Doyle Lonnegan
  • Robert Earl Jones as Luther Coleman
  • Charles Durning as Lt. William Snyder, Joliet P.D.
  • Ray Walston as J.J. Singleton
  • Eileen Brennan as Billie
  • Harold Gould as Kid Twist
  • John Heffernan as Eddie Niles
  • Dana Elcar as FBI Agent Polk, aka “Hickey”
  • Jack Kehoe as Erie Kid
  • Dimitra Arliss as Loretta Salino
  • James J. Sloyan as Mottola
  • Charles Dierkop as Floyd (Lonnegan’s bodyguard)
  • Lee Paul as Lonnegan’s bodyguard
  • Sally Kirkland as Crystal
  • Avon Long as Benny Garfield
  • Arch Johnson as Combs
  • Ed Bakey as Granger
  • Brad Sullivan as Cole
  • John Quade as Riley
  • Larry D. Mann as Mr. Clemens
  • Leonard Barr as Burlesque House Comedian
  • Paulene Myers as Alva Coleman
  • Joe Tornatore as Black Gloved Gunman
  • Jack Collins as Duke Boudreau
  • Tom Spratley as Curly Jackson
  • Kenneth O’Brien as Greer
  • Ken Sansom as Western Union Executive
  • Ta-Tanisha as Louise Coleman

William “Billy” Benedict as Jimmy