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In 1930s New Orleans, the Cincinnati Kid, a young stud poker player who travels from one big game to the next, stopping along the way up with various girls, is pitted against the legendary champion card-sharp Lancey Howard in a high-stakes poker game. Written by
Throughout the final poker game of the film, Hoyle poker cards with "shell back" are dealt by Shooter and Lady Fingers. When the Man flips his Jack of Diamonds, a close-up of his cards shows a Jack and a Queen of Diamonds in the standard style of Bee or Bicycle decks, even though we have seen a close-up of a Hoyle-style Jack of Diamonds before and the end credits display the Man's final hand with Hoyle-style Queen and Jack. See more »
[Slade blackmails Shooter into cheating on his dealing so the Kid will beat Howard]
Hey, why are you doing this? It can't be for money.
Yes, for my kind of money, gut money. I wanta to see that smug old bastard gutted. Gutted!
Like he gutted you.
Yes, that's right, that's right!
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This fine film chronicles a tense, dramatic marathon game of poker between a rising young star and a cagey old pro. Steve McQueen is the cool, detached hot shot and Edward G. Robinson displays nerves of steel, razor sharp instincts and a veteran's poise as the two players probe each other, searching for openings and seeking any advantage, however subtle. Both men are excellent and have good support from a solid cast of veteran actors. Ann-Margret is nice as a siren who just can't sit still when she and the Cincinnati Kid are in the same room. She slinks her way through her interpretation as the sluttish wife of a compromised card dealer who figures prominently in the grand game. The romantic angle between the Cincinnati Kid and his girlfriend doesn't ring true, although Tuesday Weld is pleasing as a vulnerable, love-struck girl. The cinematography shows a grim, gray, seedy side of New Orleans that brings realism to the story. The music has a jazzy score and nice vocals by Ray Charles.
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