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Robert Redford: 10 Great Roles

Our list has some surprising sleepers — and a few startling omissions

Robert Redford's Career Highlights

— The Everett Collection

The Sting

Role: Johnny Hooker
Year: 1973

It’s one of those few movies you try to watch critically, but in the end you just have to throw up your arms and confess, “It’s perfect.” And much of the credit goes to Redford, who provides the necessary heart for a convoluted tale of double-cross, misdirection and flamboyantly passive-aggressive revenge. It’s Redford’s Hooker who sets the film’s exquisitely oiled machine in action, seeking retribution for the murder of his partner. Through all the hijinks, he never lets us forget the emotional center of the plot.

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