In The Sting, two professional con men (Robert Redford and Paul Newman) seek revenge for the murder of their friend by pulling off a long con against the ruthless mob boss who murdered him. The end result of the movie is great, but the entire setup is better and even demonstrates several different types of cons used in the profession.
The deception begins with the movie poster; just look at that image above. An older man ("Henry Gondorff") is presumably soliciting sexual favors from an obviously younger, blonde-haired man ("Johnny Hooker") in exchange for money or, perhaps, a strip poker game. And that's not a type-o, the character's name is Johnny Hooker — a name that sounds more like a crime fighting male prostitute.... Continue Reading