History Film / TheSting

27th Mar '18 7:01:42 PM wittylibrarian
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* TheUnreveal: The audience [[spoiler:never sees how Gondorff switched out his bad cards for the four Jacks.]]
16th Mar '18 3:50:23 PM Aurelian
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* TechnologyMarchesOn: Gondorff and Hooker's scam involves them betting on horse races that have already taken place, but before the results have gone out across the country via Western Union telegraphs. It wouldn't work today where instant communications mean the result of any sporting event is known around the world the moment it happens.
16th Mar '18 3:45:40 PM Aurelian
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* TechnologyMarchesOn: Gondorff and Hooker's scam involves them betting on horse races that have already taken place, but before the results have gone out across the country via Western Union telegraphs. It wouldn't work today where instant communications mean the result of any sporting event is known around the world the moment it happens.
11th Mar '18 9:12:52 PM Berrenta
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* BankTeller: In a brief scene, one of the grifters is working as a bank teller before he joins the scam.
8th Feb '18 12:16:39 PM TheSaddleman
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** Rather famously, promotions for this film included requests that those leaving the cinema not spoil the ending for those waiting in line for the next showing.
1st Feb '18 5:11:12 PM nombretomado
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* HollywoodSilencer: A silenced revolver (And it's not a Nagant or one of the obscure designs purpose made for the folks at MoscowCentre) appears at one point.

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* HollywoodSilencer: A silenced revolver (And it's not a Nagant or one of the obscure designs purpose made for the folks at MoscowCentre) UsefulNotes/MoscowCentre) appears at one point.
25th Dec '17 8:05:04 AM heydrich
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* DecoyProtagonist: One of the first characters seen on screen, Mottola.
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!
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