the year: 1973
the genre: dramedy
the cast: Paul Newman (Henry Gondorff); Robert Redford (Johnny Hooker); Robert Shaw (Doyle Lonnegan); Charles Dunning (Lt. Snyder); Ray Walston (J.J. Singleton); Eileen Crennan (Billie); Harold Gould (Kid Twist); Dana Elcar (FBI Agent Polk)
the plot: Johnny Hooker, a small time grifter, unknowingly steals from Doyle Lonnegan, a big time crime boss, when he pulls a standard street con. Lonnegan demands satisfaction for the insult. After his partner, Luther, is killed, Hooker flees, and seeks the help of Henry Gondorff, one of Luther's contacts, who is a master of the long con.
listen for: "What was I supposed to do - call him for cheating better than me, in front of the others?"
don't miss: the sting.
did you know: Robert Shaw injured his ankle and incorporated the resulting limp into his performance.
extra bonus points: if you know when Robert Redford finally saw this movie.
also listen for: "Sit down and shut up, will ya? Try not to live up to all my expectations."
did you also know: if you listen when Lonnegan (Shaw) first walks into "The Operation", you can hear over the P.A. that one of the horses running is called Steve McQueen.