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. Its theme song, The Entertainer was written by Marvin Hamlisch.
The film was a major success (US$160 million) and was nominated for ten Academy Awards, winning seven including best actor, best picture and for directing.