The Sting (1973), starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman, is one of those classic films I have always been meaning to watch but just never got around to it. But with a major storm setting in tonight, I was casting about for a cozy classic frock flick to wrap myself up in and this came up in my Netflix recommendations immediately. Having won seven Oscars, including Best Costume Design for the costumes designed by Edith Head (who has the briefest cameo in the first few minutes of the film), I knew it was going to deliver. And boy did it ever! The plot holds up nicely for a 50-year-old film, plus Head’s costumes don’t suffer from the issues a lot of films of the same era do, where you’re watching it and wondering if you’re actually watching a period film, or a film that’s set in the 1970s — I’m looking at you Grease (1978).
And of course, there’s Redford and Newman, literally two of the most beautiful human beings to ever walk this planet, delivering all of the eye candy, lo these many decades later. They have excellent on-screen chemistry, having done Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in 1969 to widespread acclaim.
Ok, now that I’ve got that out of the way, let’s talk about the costumes. Menswear is, well, menswear … Lots of three-piece suits and tuxedos, and while expertly tailored, there’s not a whole lot to say about them. The women’s costumes, however, are wonderfully done. Unfortunately, there’s only about three women in the cast.
Have you watched The Sting (1973) recently? Tell us what you think!