The Sting II

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The Sting II
The Sting II DVD cover.jpg
DVD cover
Directed byJeremy Paul Kagan
Written byDavid S. Ward[1]
Produced byJennings Lang
CinematographyBill Butler
Edited byDavid Garfield
Music byLalo Schifrin
Scott Joplin
Louis Chauvin
Distributed byUniversal Studios
Release date
  • February 18, 1983 (1983-02-18) (Los Angeles & New York City)
  • [1] ([1])
Running time
102 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$6,347,072[2]

The Sting II is a 1983 American comedy film and a sequel to The Sting, again written by David S. Ward. It was directed by Jeremy Paul Kagan and stars an entirely original cast including Jackie Gleason, Mac Davis, Teri Garr, Karl Malden and Oliver Reed.


The Great Depression is over. King of the con men Fargo Gondorff is released from prison and reassembles his cronies for another con, out to avenge the murder of his lifelong pal Kid Colors.

Gondorff's young protege Jake Hooker attempts to pull a scam on wealthy "Countess Veronique," who instead pulls one on him and turns out to be a grifter herself named Veronica.

Coming up with a boxing con, Gondorff's goal is to sting both Lonnegan, the notorious banker and gangster who wants revenge from a previous con, and Gus Macalinski, a wealthy local racketeer. One or both of them is behind Kid Colors' death.

Hooker pretends to be a boxer who is about to throw a big fight. Macalinski is not only hoodwinked into losing hundreds of thousands of dollars, he is talked into changing his original wager by Lonnegan. While one gangster takes care of the other, Gondorff and Hooker head for the train station with a bag full of money, tickets out of town and a final twist from Veronica.




This film's continuity to the first movie is disputed:

  • At the time of the film's release, Director Jeremy Paul Kagan claimed, "The Sting II is inspired by and is an expansion of the first Sting, rather than a continuation. The principal characters of Fargo Gondorff and Jake Hooker are based on two very famous real-life con men, and are totally different from the two characters in the original."[3] Furthermore, the first names of the two lead characters have changed: Henry Gondorff has become Fargo Gondorff, and Johnny Hooker has become Jake Hooker.
  • However, characters in this film make specific references to events in the first film (the entire plot is driven by Lonnegan's desire to avenge his losses to Gondorff and Hooker in the first film), which would indicate this film was meant to be a direct sequel.



Critical reviews[edit]

The Sting II holds a 0% at Rotten Tomatoes.[4]


The film was nominated for an Academy Award for the Best Musical Score composed by Lalo Schifrin.

Home media[edit]

The Sting II was released on DVD in 2004 by Universal. Blu-ray release by Kino Lorber in 2021.


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