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Pushing the Boundaries: The Sting (1973) 4K Restoration

Opens on August 18

Director: George Roy Hill Run Time: 129 min. Rating: PG Release Year: 1973

Starring: Charles Durning, Paul Newman, Ray Walston, Robert Redford, Robert Shaw

Country: United States
Language: English


The 1970s: Pushing the Boundaries

A Film Center retrospective on the most groundbreaking films to come out of the 1970s.


About the film:

Winner of seven 1974 Academy Awards including Best Picture.

Following the murder of a mutual friend, aspiring con man Johnny Hooker teams up with old pro Henry Gondorff to take revenge on the ruthless crime boss responsible, Doyle Lonnegan. Hooker and Gondorff set about implementing an elaborate scheme, one so crafty that Lonnegan won’t even know he’s been swindled. As their big con unfolds, however, things don’t go according to plan, requiring some last-minute improvisation by the undaunted duo.

“One of the most enduring and exquisitely crafted blockbusters of all time.”

—Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times

About the filmmaker:

George Roy Hill was an American film director and television and stage actor. He directed Paul Newman and Robert Redford in the iconic, award-winning films Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) and The Sting (1973), the latter of which won seven Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Directing. Hill is also known for the The World of Henry Orient (1964), Hawaii (1966), Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967), Slaughterhouse-Five (1972), The Great Waldo Pepper (1975), Slap Shot (1977), A Little Romance (1979), The World According to Garp (1982) and his final film Funny Farm (1988). Before directing feature films, Hill worked in television on episodes of Kraft Theatre and Playhouse 90, and made his Broadway directing debut with the Pulitzer Prize-winning Look Homeward, Angel in 1957.

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