History Film / TheSting

19th Jul '17 12:00:52 PM Grey_Wolf_c
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* ConfiscatedPhone: Hooker grabs a pay phone away from a woman in order to try to call Luther before he is murdered, then runs off to try and reach him. Hooker's friend is left behind, being swatted by the woman and her purse because she lost her nickel and wants it back.
3rd Jul '17 9:39:08 PM TwentyEight
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** The cheat explained: J. J. meets with Gondorff before the game with information that Lonnegan likes to "cold-deck low, eights and nines." Cold-decking is slang for stacking a deck to give yourself better cards, in this case four eights or four nines. J. J. also says that Lonnegan likes to play with either a Tally-Ho Fan or a Tally-Ho Circle, and he "got [him] one of each." This is so that Gondorff can make sure his swapped cards are the right brand. Put together, J. J. tells him that Lonnegan will give Gondorff four of a kind, but something lower than eight, and give himself four eights or four nines. This is Gondorff's cue to swap in four of something better than nine, like the four Jacks he gives himself. (Incidentaly, Lonnegan himself asks his goon to "stack [him] a cooler, Floyd. Nines and threes," where a "cooler" is a stacked deck, and he swaps it in on the cut by covering the whole deck when he cuts. Which is exactly why you aren't supposed to cut cards with your whole hands like that.)
1st Jul '17 9:53:14 AM lipranzer
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* SnarkToSnarkCombat: Gondorff and Hooker when they first meet (Hooker finds Gondorff passed out next to his bed, and gives him a shower with his clothes on to sober him up):
-->'''Gondorff:''' Glad to meet you, kid, you're a real horse's ass.
-->'''Hooker:''' Luther said I could learn something from you. I already know how to drink!
30th Jun '17 9:42:04 AM mlsmithca
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* NoseTapping: A signal between the con men. Trope image as of Jun'12.

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* NoseTapping: A signal between the con men. Trope image as of Jun'12.
17th Jun '17 6:05:04 PM Mdumas43073
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* LogoJoke: The film opens with a sepia-tinted version of the 1936-46 Art Deco logo.

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* LogoJoke: The film opens with a sepia-tinted version of the 1936-46 Art Deco Universal logo.
10th Jun '17 9:48:27 AM nombretomado
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* TheWindyCity: Hooker moves to Chicago after the events of the initial con.
15th May '17 4:10:21 PM ANTMuddle
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* CommonaliyConnection: While the con men are planning to pull a scam on Doyle Lonnegan, J.J. Singleton mentions that Lonnegan came from a place called Five Points. Later on, when Lonnegan asks Hooker where he's from, he says that he came from Five Points in the hope that it will cause Lonnegan to trust him.

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* CommonaliyConnection: CommonalityConnection: While the con men are planning to pull a scam on Doyle Lonnegan, J.J. Singleton mentions that Lonnegan came from a place called Five Points. Later on, when Lonnegan asks Hooker where he's from, he says that he came from Five Points in the hope that it will cause Lonnegan to trust him.
14th May '17 6:17:14 AM Agemegos
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* ScrewTheRolesTheyBrokeThemFirst: Henry Gondorff joins banker Doyle Lonnegan's crooked poker game in order to earn Lonnegan's ire. Once Gondorff is dealt a hand of four Treys, he knows a stacked deck play is in effect. At the climax of the hand, Lonnegan plays four Nines ... and Gondorff lays down four Jacks. When his adjutant wonders why Lonnegan suffered the loss, Lonnegan growls at him: "What was I supposed to do? Call him for cheating better than me in front of the others?"

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* ScrewTheRolesTheyBrokeThemFirst: ScrewTheRulesTheyBrokeThemFirst: Henry Gondorff joins banker Doyle Lonnegan's crooked poker game in order to earn Lonnegan's ire. Once Gondorff is dealt a hand of four Treys, he knows a stacked deck play is in effect. At the climax of the hand, Lonnegan plays four Nines ... and Gondorff lays down four Jacks. When his adjutant wonders why Lonnegan suffered the loss, Lonnegan growls at him: "What was I supposed to do? Call him for cheating better than me in front of the others?"
12th Apr '17 12:52:14 AM TrollBrutal
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* ArchEnemy: Doyle Lonnegan to Henry Gondorff and Johnny Hooker.



* AvengersAssemble: Gondorff reassembles his old gang of cons in a wordless montage set to Scott Joplin's "Pineapple Rag" where he finds and signals to each by flicking the side of his nose.
11th Apr '17 6:58:11 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* ArchEnemy: Doyle Lonnegan to Henry Gondorff and Johnny Hooker.



* AvengersAssemble: Gondorff reassembles his old gang of cons in a wordless montage set to Scott Joplin's "Pineapple Rag" where he finds and signals to each by flicking the side of his nose.



* BankTeller: In a brief scene, one of the grifters is working as a bank teller before he joins the scam.



* BigBad: Doyle Lonnegan.



* BigStore: The betting parlour.

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* BigStore: The This exact term is used to describe what they need to rent, and later pay for: an empty basement office/store in order to convert it into a betting parlour.parlor.



* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Luther

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* BlackDudeDiesFirst: LutherLuther.



* {{Burlesque}}: Hooker's girlfriend stars in a burlesque show.

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* BringingInTheExpert: After Hooker and his partners con one of Lonegan's numbers runners out of the money he was carrying, Lonegan puts out a hit on them. When two of his underlings fail to kill Hooker, Lonegan has the assassin Salino assigned to get rid of him.
* {{Burlesque}}: Hooker's girlfriend stars is shown performing in a burlesque show.Burlesque show. Yes, she's a stripper.
* CardSharp: Gondorff demonstrates his skill against Lonnegan as the setup for the big con. (The card manipulations in the film are actually performed by John Scarne.)



* CharacterTics: Johnny Hooker has many tics, including the way he holds a cup of coffee and the way he throws one shoulder back.



* CommonaliyConnection: While the con men are planning to pull a scam on Doyle Lonnegan, J.J. Singleton mentions that Lonnegan came from a place called Five Points. Later on, when Lonnegan asks Hooker where he's from, he says that he came from Five Points in the hope that it will cause Lonnegan to trust him.



* ConfiscatedPhone: Hooker grabs a pay phone away from a woman in order to try to call Luther before he is murdered, then runs off to try and reach him. Hooker's friend is left behind, being swatted by the woman and her purse because she lost her nickel and wants it back.



* ConspicuousConsumption: Hooker uses his share of a small con to impress a girl, it backfires.

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* ConspicuousConsumption: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]. After Hooker uses his share of pulls off a small big con to impress at the start of the film, he takes out a girl, it backfires.woman with a promise of showering her with luxuries during the evening (Specifically, that he will spend $50 on her). However, he blows the entire take on a single (rigged) roulette spin and she leaves in disgust at the wasted evening.



* CounterfeitCash: After Hooker blows through his entire cut from a successful con in an afternoon, he's forced to pay Lt Snyder off with marked money when the latter comes looking for a bribe. It's used against him later.



* CuffsOffRubWrists: Hooker, after Snyder arrests him.

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* CuffsOffRubWrists: Hooker, after Detective Snyder arrests him.Hooker and takes him to meet with Special Agent Polk of the F.B.I. Polk tells Snyder to take off Hooker's handcuffs and Hooker rubs his wrists after he does.
* CultSoundtrack: The soundtrack did a lot to make Scott Joplin's "The Entertainer" popular among people unfamiliar with ragtime. Unknown to many viewers, the music was anachronistic for the time period portrayed.



* FakingTheDead: Both Hooker ''and'' Gondorff during the sting.



* FixingTheGame: Henry Gondorff joins Doyle Lonnegan's poker game aboard a Chicago-bound train, and he's on a run. Donegan tries to use a loaded deck after a break, and when hands are called, he has four nines. Initially, Gondorff had a hand of no value, but when he shows his hand, he has four Jacks. When Donegan asks Johnny Hooker (who is sent to collect his winnings) how Gondorff won, Hooker merely says, "he cheats." (How Gondorff cheated is never explained or demonstrated, but as a con artist himself, it's rendered academic.)



* HandbagOfHurt: After Hooker yanks a woman out of a phone booth, the woman hits both Hooker and his partner with her purse.



* IdiosyncraticWipes: The film occasionally uses an artsy wipe, such as a side-to-side wipe in which the transition follows a merry-go-round horse.



* AnInsert: When Henry Gondorff is doing card tricks before the poker game, the hands doing the tricks are actually those of John Scarne, famous magician and expert on gambling and card manipulation.



* LogoJoke: The film opens with a sepia-tinted version of the 1936-46 Art Deco logo.



* LonelyPianoPiece: The film features a piece called Solace, done both as a piano solo only and as well as an orchestral version. And yes, it's played during the rain.



* MeaningfulName: Hooker is a ''snarer''. It seems to be his real surname and not an InUniverseNickname. Lampshaded in one of the chapter headings on the DVD: ''Hooker Hooked by the Feds''

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* MeaningfulLook: Each con man arriving in Chicago casually flick his nose with his right index finger to signal that he's "in" on the plan to fleece Doyle Lonnegan.
* MeaningfulName: Hooker is a ''snarer''. It seems to be his real surname and not an InUniverseNickname. Lampshaded in one of the chapter headings on the DVD: ''Hooker Hooked by the Feds''Feds''.
* MenAreTheExpendableGender: Averted. Hooker begins a relationship with a waitress who (unknown to him and the audience) is actually an assassin contracted by Lonnegan to kill him. She is killed before she can do it by a bodyguard hired by Gondorff. The moment itself is shocking, but there is no angst or condemnation about it - she might as well have been a male hitman.



* MentorOccupationalHazard: Luther.

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* MentorOccupationalHazard: Luther.Luther's death combines this trope with {{Retirony}}.



* MoneyToBurn: The print ad shows Henry Gondorff lighting his cigar with legal tender.



* NoBadassToHisValet: Floyd has this kind of relationship to his boss Doyle Lonnegan. He's unafraid to disagree with Lonnegan, and even mildly argue with him, even though he knows that Lonnegan is not reluctant to have people killed.



* NonNudeBathing: When Hooker arrives at Gondorff's home, he finds him sleeping off his drunkenness. He puts Gondorff in a shower fully clothed to sober him up.



* OhCrap: Subverted, the con men quietly panic when Lonnegan approaches the inexperienced Joe Erie, but Erie delivers a magnificent performance.

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* OhCrap: OhCrap:
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Subverted, the con men quietly panic when Lonnegan approaches the inexperienced Joe Erie, but Erie delivers a magnificent performance.



* OneBornEveryMinute: In a reversal of this trope, the conmen are the good guys.



* PhoneBooth: There are two indoor phone booths. The first is occupied by an older woman when Johnny needs to call Luther. He pulled her out to make the call. Later at the same booth, Lt Snyder catches Johnny there. Almost. The second one was the one the calls came in on to Lonnigan to tell him what horse to bet on.



* PlotTriggeringDeath: Luther.



* ReverseRelationshipReveal: We see the gloved hand of a man stalking Johnny Hooker, then later that hand raising a gun and firing... at Hooker's new girlfriend (who later is shown about to kill Hooker). Then the man comes out of hiding, explains the situation, and tells Johnny he (the man) was hired by Gondorff to protect Johnny.



* ScrewTheRolesTheyBrokeThemFirst: Henry Gondorff joins banker Doyle Lonnegan's crooked poker game in order to earn Lonnegan's ire. Once Gondorff is dealt a hand of four Treys, he knows a stacked deck play is in effect. At the climax of the hand, Lonnegan plays four Nines ... and Gondorff lays down four Jacks. When his adjutant wonders why Lonnegan suffered the loss, Lonnegan growls at him: "What was I supposed to do? Call him for cheating better than me in front of the others?"



* SexFaceTurn: Averted with Loretta. [[spoiler: She sleeps with Johnny Hooker because she's the hitman "Salino" who's been hired to kill him. Somewhat played with because the character the audience thinks is the hitman is actually a bodyguard hired by Gondorff for Johnny's protection. It doesn't hurt that up until the very last second, [[PlotTwist the audience thinks that the only person who would help Johnny has just been shot by the 'man' gunning for him.]]]]



* StabTheScorpion: The bodyguard reveals himself by [[spoiler: shooting Salino]].

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* StabTheScorpion: The bodyguard reveals himself by steps around the corner into an alley and fires a silenced gun, apparently at Hooker. [[spoiler: shooting Salino]].He kills Loretta, then reveals that she's actually the assassin Loretta ''Salino'', who's been assigned the hit on Hooker and was about to kill him]].


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* SuspiciousSpending: Hooker blows through his entire stake of a large con job in a single afternoon, which alerts the villain to his identity.


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* WalkingSpoiler: [[spoiler:TheDreaded assassin Salino and the waitress Loretta are one and the same]].
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