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The Cincinnati Kid (1965)

TV-14 | | Drama | 30 October 1965 (Japan)
An up-and-coming poker player tries to prove himself in a high-stakes match against a long-time master of the game.

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Cast

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Shooter
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Lancey Howard
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Lady Fingers
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Slade
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Pig
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Yeller
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Hoban
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Felix (as Theo Marcuse)
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Sokal
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Mr. Rudd
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Cajun (as Emile Genest)
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Danny
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Storyline

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 alfiehitchie

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He'd take on anyone, at anything, anytime ....it was only a matter of who came first! See more »

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30 October 1965 (Japan)  »

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Cincinnati Kid  »

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$15,260,000 (USA)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Metrocolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In some cuts, the film ends with a freeze-frame on Steve McQueen's face following his penny-pitching loss. Turner Classic Movies and the DVD feature the ending with Christian. Norman Jewison wanted to end the film with the freeze-frame but was overruled by the producer. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Shooter: You've been the man for a long time...
Lancey Howard: That is undoubtedly true but don't let that fool you. I'm not ready to retire yet.
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Referenced in The Odd Couple (1968) See more »

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The Cincinnati Kid
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Lyrics by Dorcas Cochran
Theme song of "The Cincinnati Kid"
Sung by Ray Charles
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The oldest kid in town
28 January 2006 | by (Saffron Walden, UK) – See all my reviews

"There's always a kid", says Edward G. Robinson's character, "the man", in this film, and I guess there's always a man as well. In fact, the Cincinatti Kid is just about the least kid-like kid you could imagine, as Steve MacQueen was little more than ten years away from his death-bed when he played the part. I don't know what it is I like about Steve MacQueen: either his acting is very subtle indeed, or it's virtually non-existent, but there's something about his strong, silent, only reluctantly violent heroes that is innately more appealing than, say, the "make my day, punk" attitude of Clint Eastwood. Robinson's suave gambler is also an appealing figure in this movie. There's also some good use of traditional New Orleans jazz (but also some nasty, obvious strings on the soundtrack as well, reminding one of the equally ugly music in director Jewision's 'In the Heat of the Night', made at around the same time).

There are obvious parallels between this film and 'the Hustler', but while more modern, this film is also simpler in construction: there are some side-plots but ultimately, the characterisation (though strong) is static and it all comes down to the cards on the table. Someone wins, someone loses; but that's always the way. This isn't the deepest film you'll ever see, but it remains an immensely watchable one.


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