Review: The Sting

Dr. Liew writes: Just re-watched  the 1976 caper The Sting… It is still fun to see Robert Redford & the late Paul Newman in the 2nd installment of their back to back runaway hits …. the other being Butch Casidy & the Sundance Kid. It was a pity that they didn’t collaborate in more films after that. They were amongst the most charismatic actors to grace the screen… second only to Gregory Peck in my book….

(Sonny: They almost did a third movie together  years later, according to this piece:

The Sting itself was a joyride to watch as it shows the taking down of a “hoodlum” portrayed by Robert Shaw… However, even though we celebrate his downfall… on reflection, one also cannot help but empathize with him because he is formidable character….

Truth be told one needs to be intellectually superior to be a successful person, be it for the good or a life of crime. History will testify that some of the most notorius minds are endowed with superior intelligence.


Sonny: But what about someone like Donald Trump?

Dr. Liew: Well… he must be quite smart in his own way to be a succesful businessman.

Sonny: Well that’s partly because his father loaned him a million dollars!

Dr. Liew: Still, he didn’t squander it away.

Sonny: He has had a lot of failed ventures though, especially with casinos.

Dr. Liew: Still, he’s the President of the United States.

Sonny: Exactly! So maybe success is not about being smarter, but luckier or being in the right place at the right time…?

Dr. Liew: Well… they still have to be clever in their own way. You can’t really be totally foolish and successful.

Sonny: There must have been some people who were…

Dr. Liew: Forrest Gump!

Sonny: Well… he was clever in his own way.

Dr. Liew: Exactly.


Movie Lessons

Fact 1: In a previous review, Doctor Liew had mentioned Gregory Peck’s character in To Kill A Mockingbird being an influence on his own life, as someone who  “showed the importance of compassion and justice, what it means to be a real hero.

Fact 2: When we were kids, whenever we dropped anything on the floor, my dad would get rather agitated when we tried to pick it up – as a doctor, he saw germs everywhere, and would rather us throw the object away or wash it much too thoroughly (in our eyes). So when he was rewatching Mockingbird recently and came across the following scene when Atticus Finch takes out a rabid dog… (start from 1:30 in the clip)

…his first reaction was: “He put his glasses back on without washing them!”

At which point me and my mum practically leapt out of our chairs to say – See?? Even Greogory Peck thinks its ok!!

But of course it’s just a movie, probably shot on a set with very clean floors, and so we’d still be better off not trying to pick up anything off the floor when Doctor Liew is around.



4 thoughts on “Review: The Sting

  1. Hi Dr Crackpot, the sting is a classic! I too always thought Redford-Newman were an incredible movie pairing.
    On Trump.. I think he is smart and charming in the way a snake oil salesman would be. As a businessman he had some wins, prob a combo of luck and bravado. He is however woefully inequipped to be President, a fact that he probably is realizing now.
    This blog piece makes me want to watch To Kill a Mockingbird again!
    Btw another movie we should perhaps all watch again is To Sir With Love?

  2. Hi Dr Liew, if you cannot bear to see Atticus wear his rabid dog touched glasses without washing them first, you will have such a time with Taboo, the series created by Tom Hardy and his dad and Steven Knight who also did Peaky Blinders. It is set in a somewhat Regency England, is a something chess game with just a little bit of spooky huh, has a little bit of genetics no-no and an Atticus too, some rough and ready anatomy classes, and mysteriously clean and beautiful penmanship (despite all those, erm, blackened hands). It is a fun ride, and definitely no crying involved (for the benefit of Liew Jr). Unless it is at the sight of all those unwashed bodies!

  3. Hello hello Dr! Love “Butch Casidy & the Sundance Kid”. Watched it years ago and the movie felt like it’s beyond the time it was made. Both Redford and Newman are a great tag-team. Gonna checkout “The Sting” when I got the chance. Wonder why I never get to watching it.. hmm..

    While we are on the topic of smart and lucky: I think it comes as a package. Unlucky smart person won’t go far; lucky foolish person probably like what Dr said will blow away his fortune.

    Keep the articles coming, Dr and Sonny! Very good read. Despite lacking of time to watch more movies, I still enjoy reading these articles.

    Oh, give “Kimi No Na Wa” (Your Name) a try. Try not to read anything about it and jump right in. See if you like it as much as I do. Cheers!

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