Featured in the movie "The Sting," 1973 Universal Pictures. Written by David S. Ward, produced by Tony Bill, Michael Phillips and Julia Phillips, directed by George Roy Hill, starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford and Robert Shaw. The complex plot involves the attempt by a group of professional grifters to con a mob boss.
The screenplay and stage play are extremely well-constructed, and the movie was extraordinarily acted and directed, winning seven Oscars, including Best Picture.
The story was inspired by real-life con schemes perpetrated by brothers Fred and Charley Gondorff and documented by David Maurer in his book "The Big Con: The Story of the Confidence Man."
The movie, however, would not have been nearly as good without the use of Scott Joplin's long-forgotten ragtime music, arranged by Marvin Hamlisch.
"Solace" is my favorite cut. Listen and enjoy.
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