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The Sting Movie Review

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An old fashioned heist/revenge flick, "The Sting" brings two extraordinary actors together in a remarkably intriguing and convincing fashion. Robert Redford and Paul Newman star as two con men who team up to take down a powerful mob boss who had their friend murdered. Robert Shaw also stars. "The Sting" is now out in a new Legacy Series DVD edition, which includes 2 discs.

A classic, "The Sting" has amazingly stood the tests of time, even though it is over thirty years old. It won Best Picture as well as six other Academy Awards in 1973, and while I can't say it is THAT great, it is definitely a must-see for anyone who enjoys crime stories. Redford, Newman and Shaw are all great, but the complex plot of deceptions and twists is what makes it stand out from the rest. Sadly, there are very few films that seem so undated after thirty years, but "The Sting" is one of them. Young people, including many of my friends, tend to show away from movies made before 1980 for whatever reason. I am almost certain that most have never watched "The Sting," as I hadn't to this point and I am, shall we say, a movie buff.

The entire DVD looks great; whatever was done to restore the picture quality and sound, it worked.

For those who have already seen the film, the DVD also includes a look back on the production by the cast and crew, a behind-the-scenes making-of featurette, and a remembrance of director George Roy Hill.

If you haven't seen "The Sting," I recommend to head to the video store now. If you're a fan, you may want to consider purchasing this quality 2-disc set.

Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.

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