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The Cincinnati Kid (1965)

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



(novel), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lancey Howard
Lady Fingers
Theodore Marcuse ...
Felix (as Theo Marcuse)
Milton Selzer ...
Mr. Rudd
Émile Genest ...
Cajun (as Emile Genest)


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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Release Date:

30 October 1965 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Cincinnati Kid  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Final film of Harry Wilson. See more »


In the opening card game of 5-card stud, the pot of money is shown at the dealer's left side of the table, then after a brief shot of The Cincinnati Kid's face, it is shown in the center of the table, barely in view. (at about 4:14) See more »


Melba: [Cincinatti Kid slaps her butt] Ouch. You Bastard!
Cincinnati Kid: Cheers baby.
Melba: I hope you lose.
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One of the best movies I've ever seen
27 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The opening scene is riveting. Well cast with Robinson, McQueen and Malden in top form and most supporting roles convincing. The flavor of old New Orleans is undeniable.

The plot line is a familiar one - - the new lion challenging the old king, this time at a poker table. The results are not predictable and the action leading to the climax is gripping.

Subplots support the main story line even though the female characters are just a bit too glamorous to be believable. The novel the movie is based upon is rather spare and a great deal of the dialog and minor actions were added when the screenplay was written.

A most enjoyable and satisfying motion picture!

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