"Glad to meet you, kid. You’re a real horse’s ass."
Description: ” - Paul Newman as hustler Henry Gondorff when he first meets small time hood Johnny Hooker (Robert Redford) in the motion picture The Sting (1973).
After Hooker and Luther Coleman (Robert Earl Jones) steal money from an illegal operation controlled by mob Boss Doyle Lonnegan (Robert Shaw), Doyle tells one of his hoods,
“Take a good look at that face, Floyd. Because if he ever finds out I can be beat by one lousy grifter, I’ll have to kill him and every other hood who wants to muscle in on my Chicago operation. You follow?”
During a “sting” operation designed to bilk Doyle of a large sum of money, J. J. Singleton (Ray Walston) one of Gondorff’s hired con artists complains, “I don’t know what to do with this guy, Henry. He’s an Irishman who doesn’t drink, doesn’t smoke, and doesn’t even chase dames.”
As the con starts to work, Johnny tells Henry, “He threatened to kill me.” Henry replies glibly, “Hell, kid, they don‘t do that, you know you’re not getting to them.”