Film and Plot Synopsis
Henry Gondorff and Johnny Hooker are two con men in 1930s Chicago. After the mob kills a friend, they try to get even by attempting to pull off the ultimate sting. No one can be trusted as the twists unfold, leading up to one of the greatest double-crosses in movie history.
‘The Sting’ Movie Summary
Hooker and Luther are ecstatic to pocket $11,000 but don’t realize Lonigan has now ordered them dead. Hooker goes to a cat house casino and blows his share on one roulette roll and loses it all. While he is at the casino, Luther is murdered by Lonnegan’s hoods so Hooker goes on the lamb.
He heads to Kansas City where he comes under the wing of Luther’s former partner, Henry Gondorff, played with a drunken twinkle in his eye by Paul Newman. Gondorff heard the beloved Luther was murdered and sends word out to gather all the grifters that want to get even with Luther’s mobster.
The grifter gang of nameless, gifted dozens finds out Lonnegan plays cards on a train so Gondorff joins the game and out-cheats Lonigan and makes a mortal enemy. When Gondorff sends Hooker for the winnings, Lonnegan threatens to kill Hooker before Hooker offers a way to get even with Gondorff by breaking his illegal gambling business. Lonnegan plans to meet Hooker in an off-track betting office run by Gondorff, that is set up by the grifter gang.
Once Hooker tells Lonnegan they have a way to cheat the track by knowing results ahead of time, Lonnegan wins multiple times with Gondorff and Hooker working both sides until we don’t know who is conning who. With Lonnegan’s goons always around the next corner, a crooked detective wanting thousands in dirty money, and the feds closing in on Hooker, Hooker has to do some fancy footwork to work his way out of a death sentence and fleece the mob boss for half-million dollars.
Will Hooker be able to pull off “The Big Con” before it all comes crashing down on everyone with bullets, crooked cops, angry mobsters and crazy grifters at every turn? Watch “The Sting” to find out.
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