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 ) 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.
- The gross miscasting of a 37-year-old Robert Redford as a “kid” apprentice grifter.
- The anachronistic use of ragtime as the thematic background for the 1936 story.
- 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.