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100 Years of Movies in 100 Days – Day 64 – The Sting (1973)

Paul Newman and Robert Redford do some grifting in, "The Sting"

Paul Newman and Robert Redford do some grifting in, "The Sting"

So yesterday’s burst of anger was quickly subdued with an impromptu viewing of The Sting, which I then just finished re-watching again, just now. I think it’s the combination of The Entertainer being played on the piano (always liked that song) and the flawless chemistry between Paul Newman and Robert Redford. That and I opened up a special jumbo poster from a Japanese magazine that features Atsuko Maeda. And when I say jumbo, I mean, freakin’ jumbo. The thing is like four feet tall! Love it.

Jumbo Atsuko Maeda poster!!

Jumbo Atsuko Maeda poster!!

But getting back to the movie. The first time I had ever heard of it was back in 2004 when I had just blitzed my way through every Western movie that Target had for sale. I happened to see The Sting on sale in a special deluxe limted collectors edition case. Didn’t think much of it at the time. A couple weeks later, I Netflix-ed it. And I loved it, for all the reasons I mentioned in the first couple sentences above. The other great thing about this movie is the twists. There’s a couple good ones at the end. I swear the one with the woman gets me every time.

Now, I’m in a bit of a spot that I haven’t been in for some time. I have no movie planned for 1974. Nothing. Sure, I could go Godfather 2 or Blazing Saddles. Or maybe Chinatown. Guess all three of you who read this regularly will have to check in tomorrow to see what I end up watching.

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