1973 • The Sting

The Sting, 1973

The Sting, 1973 Best Picture winner

Ladies and gentlemen, I think we have a new #1 movie on my rankings!  Last night’s viewing of 1973 Best Picture The Sting was non-stop entertainment throughout all seven segments, catapulting it ahead of 1946’s The Best Years of Our Lives on my list.  Lauren seemed to agree that it was at least one of the better movies we’ve seen, though she made no proclamation of it being the single best.

For me, one of the most entertaining possible plot lines for a movie is the elaborate hoax.  Just look at Windy City Heat and how much I adored that made-for-TV movie.  Movies involving con men also typically rate high for me, as was the case with Matchstick Men. So to have the best of both worlds come together in The Sting made for a very enjoyable two hours and nine minutes in front of the TV.

Another aspect that I really liked about this movie is that it was a fairly complicated plot with many characters, yet I was able to follow along!  My downfall with movies with lots of stuff going on is I lose track of who’s who and what’s going on and why (Wikipedia has helped me through some very tough times).  Maybe it was because of The Sting’s big name cast (Robert Redford and Paul Newman) but I was pretty much in tune with everything except for the parts they didn’t want you to know about until the end.

The basic plot line involves a young grifter (Redford) named Hooker who befriends one of the all-time greats (Newman), and the two perpetrate an elaborate con to bilk the evil Lonnegan out of $500,000. Based in 1936 Chicago, the movie is set to ragtime music.  It is one of the very few movies we’ve seen in this project that has made me laugh out loud, and perhaps the only one to do so multiple times.

Here’s a fun fact about the movie.  They used the same diner that you see in the Back to the Future movies.  In the sequel, it serves as Cafe 80’s!

The film was winner of seven Oscars, but won no acting awards which is surprising.

Overall, of all the Best Pictures we’ve seen so far, this is the one I’m most likely to a) watch again and b) recommend to others. Of course, it is already a classic and many have already seen it.  I was told ahead of time by a co-worker’s wife that it is her favorite all-time Oscar winner.

Next up, The Godfather: Part II.

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  1. […] Stung Lauren and I watched our latest Best Picture winner last night, 1973’s The Sting, which instantly became my #1 movie in the project this far, topping 1946’s The Best Years of Our Lives. Read the full review here! […]


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