The StingThe Sting
was a 1973 film
(theatrical release on December 23
, 1973) directed by George Roy Hill
and starring Paul Newman
, Robert Redford
and Robert Shaw
. Hill had previously directed Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
), which also starred Newman and Redford.
The plot is based in the 1930s and centred around a convoluted scam to con a mob boss. The film is divided into distinct sections, and is noted for its use of the music of Scott Joplin.
The film was a major success ($160 m) and was nominated for ten Academy Awards, winning seven including best actor, best picture and for directing.