Books and Movies Reviews

The Sting

The re-releasing of The Sting on DVD will hit stores on April 5, 2005. It hits store as anticipated as it did when it wasfirst released in 1973.The Sting is a cinematic masterpiece even three decades after thefirst release date. The plot is simply astonishing. It has more twists and turns then any other movie to date. The Sting also doesn't just lure in the audience by promising an unpredictable plot, it actually delivers. Instead of the standard one-twist and the movie is over, The Sting never lets its audience rest with new developments around every corner. The plot is truly one that never allows a dull moment.
This clever and hilarious movie is set in the depression years.A small-time drifter, Johnny Hooker, (played by Robert Redford), is making ends meet in the tough times of the depression by living off of scams that he and his partner Luther Coleman, played by Robert Earl Jones, pull on unsuspecting civilians. When Hooker and Coleman pull their favorite con, the old switch-a-rue, they think they have won the lottery when they come to realize that they just conned a guy out of eleven thousand dollars. Hooker wasn't able to enjoy his money for long as he blows his take on roulette. Coleman keeps his money and decides to retire, after he finally pulled off “The Big One”. What neither of them realize is that their mark, the unsuspecting civilian, was a numbers-runner for some big-time gangster in New York. That powerful gangster was Doyle Lonnegan, played by Robert Shaw. Lonnegan, hearing of this grim news, puts a bounty on both of their heads. Lonnegan’s thugs find one-half of the tandem; Luther in his debacle of an apartment. The thugs then throw Luther out the window to the solid ground below. This was a very convincing reason for Hooker to flee town and seek refugee.
Swearing to revenge his partner’s death, Hooker contacts Henry Gondorff, played by Paul Newman, an old friend of Luther’s and as reputatio…

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