This is an odd one in several ways. THE STING was such a critical and financial smash, Universal was obviously going to make a sequel, but evidently had problems making key decisions. If you can't get Newman & Redford, why go with Gleason & Davis? Also, why bother changing the characters' first names when they are clearly meant to be their equivalents from the original?
Returning screenwriter David S. Ward also makes the lazy choice of using the same basic structure as the first movie and rehashing several notable events, to lesser effect in both instances. The film looks fairly good, has some enjoyable scenes, and offers good supporting work from Teri Garr and Oliver Reed (an inspired choice to replace the late Robert Shaw), but Gleason has little chance to shine, and Davis is utterly flat. Passable entertainment overall, this would definitely have been better off as a standalone movie.