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The Sting

The Sting
The Sting
The Sting
  • PG
  • 2h 9m
  • 1973
Certified Fresh92%
Common Sense Media Iconage 13+
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Winner of 7 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, The Sting stars Paul Newman and Robert Redford as two con men in 1930s Chicago. After a friend is killed by the mob, they try to get even by attempting to pull off the ultimate "sting." No one is to be trusted as the twists unfold, leading up to one of the greatest double-crosses in movie history. The con is on!
© 1973 Universal Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh92%
Critics Consensus: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, and director George Roy Hill prove that charm, humor, and a few slick twists can add up to a great film.
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Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media Iconage 13+
Common Sense Says
Smart, stylish '70s caper has language and violence.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Sting is the classic 1973 crime caper in which Robert Redford with Paul Newman play a pair of grifters looking to get even with the mob boss who killed their friend. There's a lot of cigarette and cigar smoking. Some gun violence, including a scene in which a character is shot in the forehead and killed. A man is found dead in an alley. Some profanity, including the "N" word. Women are shown in a vaudeville show topless except for pasties on their nipples. In an extended scene in which one of the lead characters is playing poker on a train, the lead character pretends to be drunk on gin, sloppily pouring from a bottle into a shot glass while slurring his words (the bottle is actually filled with water). When the two lead characters first meet, one of the characters is extremely hungover and possibly still drunk; he is dragged into a bathtub to sit under a cold-water shower until he sobers up.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Comedy
  • Release Date:December 25, 1973
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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