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Posted by on Nov 5, 2010 in Kick-Back Friday

Kick-Back Friday: #141

Kick-Back Friday: #141


At the time of its release in 1973, The Sting (hotly anticipated for its repairing of Paul Newman and Robert Redford after Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid [1969]) was wildly popular, and it easily grabbed the Best Picture Oscar the following year. These facts should typically preclude any justification for a remake. But there are at least 3 reasons that the story of a first-class American con should be cinematically revisited.

  1. The gross miscasting of a 37-year-old Robert Redford as a “kid” apprentice grifter.
  2. The anachronistic use of ragtime as the thematic background for the 1936 story.
  3. The sterility of the Hollywood sets (no matter how meticulously dirtied), which are intended to substitute for a grimy Joliet, Illinois, and a big, bad Chicago.
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A native East Tennessean, Barbara Martin is a formerly practicing, board-certified neurologist who received her BS (psychology, summa cum laude) and MD from Duke University before completing her postgraduate training (internship, residency, fellowship) at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She has worked in academia, private practice, medical publishing, drug market research, and continuing medical education (CME). For the last 3 years, she has worked in a freelance capacity as a medical writer, analyst, and consultant. Follow Dr. Barbara Martin on and Twitter.