“the finest screenplay I had ever read” just one terrific tale from The Sting

One of producer Michael Phillips’ memories makes up a collection of terrific tales from the making of the classic Oscar-winning film and one of my all-time favourite movies, George Roy Hill’s THE STING.

Director George Roy Hill’s magnificent 1973 comedy crime drama THE STING not only won seven Oscars but also our hearts for one of the all-time classic end scenes in movies. Just when you think that Robert Redford’s street hustler Johnny Hooker and Paul Newman’s ace conman Henry Gondorff have maybe met the same end as their iconic Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, they get up and you realise they’ve pulled off the most marvellous takedown of the corrupt Robert Shaw’s Doyle Lonergan. But Gondorff has previously said to Hooker that Lonergan can never know he was conned and so he has to accept that for them to know they’ve beaten him is enough.

Paul Newman and Robert Redford in The Sting

Is the game up for Paul Newman and Robert Redford in The Sting?

And Redford turns to Newman and says,

“You’re right, Henry. It’s not enough.

But… (he laughs) it’s close.”


In this article from the very cool ‘How we made…’ The Guardian series, writer David S Ward who won an Oscar for his fantastic screenplay, and producer Michael Phillips who went to produce other classics such as Taxi Driver and Close Encounters of the Third Kind both recount some extraordinary stories – including the casting of Paul Newman, Robert Redford, and Robert Shaw – from the making of this iconic movie.

Have a read…

Some terrific tales from THE STING