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Release Date:
30 October 1965 (Japan) See more »
A RAMBLING - GAMBLING MAN ... ! ! See more »
An up-and-coming poker player tries to prove himself in a high-stakes match against a long-time master of the game. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 2 wins See more »
User Reviews:
McQueen and Robinson are aces See more (96 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Steve McQueen ... The Cincinnati Kid

Ann-Margret ... Melba

Karl Malden ... Shooter

Tuesday Weld ... Christian

Edward G. Robinson ... Lancey Howard

Joan Blondell ... Lady Fingers

Rip Torn ... Slade

Jack Weston ... Pig

Cab Calloway ... Yeller

Jeff Corey ... Hoban
Theodore Marcuse ... Felix (as Theo Marcuse)
Milton Selzer ... Sokal

Karl Swenson ... Mr. Rudd
Émile Genest ... Cajun (as Emile Genest)

Ron Soble ... Danny
Irene Tedrow ... Mrs. Rudd
Midge Ware ... Mrs. Slade

Dub Taylor ... Dealer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andy Albin ... Referee (uncredited)

Leon Alton ... Poker Game Spectator (uncredited)

William Challee ... Old Man (uncredited)

Gene Coogan ... Poker Game Spectator (uncredited)
Mimi Dillard ... Slade's Girlfriend (uncredited)

Robert DoQui ... Philly (uncredited)
Larry Duran ... Gambler - First Game (uncredited)

Donald Elson ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Sweet Emma ... Blues Singer (uncredited)
Bobby Gilbert ... Poker Game Spectator (uncredited)
Ken Grant ... Shoeshine Boy (uncredited)
Kenneth Grant ... Shoeshine Boy (uncredited)
Claude Hall ... Gambler (uncredited)
Virginia Harrison ... Employee (uncredited)

John Hart ... Poker Player (uncredited)
Harry Hines ... Old Man in Pool Hall (uncredited)
Breena Howard ... Cajun's Woman (uncredited)
John Indrisano ... Gambler - First Game (uncredited)

Colin Kenny ... Spectator at Cockfight (uncredited)
Gregg Martell ... Danny's Henchman (uncredited)
Pat McCaffrie ... Poker Player (uncredited)
Sandy McPeak ... Poker Player (uncredited)
Mike Morelli ... Poker Game Spectator (uncredited)

Burt Mustin ... Old Man in Pool Hall (uncredited)
Barry O'Hara ... Eddie (uncredited)
Brett Pearson ... Gambler - First Game (uncredited)
Joyce Perry ... Mrs. Hoban (uncredited)
Christopher Riordan ... Railroad Worker (uncredited)

Olan Soule ... Desk Clerk (uncredited)

Robert Stevenson ... Gambler - First Game (uncredited)
Joseph B. Stewart ... White Man at Funeral Parade (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Bettor (uncredited)

Paul Verdier ... Second Bettor (uncredited)
Charles Wagenheim ... Old Man (uncredited)

Jesse Wayne ... (uncredited)
Howard Wendell ... Charlie (uncredited)

Harry Wilson ... Spectator at Cockfight (uncredited)
Dick Winslow ... Second Player (uncredited)
Bill Zuckert ... Poker Player (uncredited)

Directed by
Norman Jewison 
Writing credits
Richard Jessup (novel "The Cincinnati Kid")

Ring Lardner Jr. (screenplay) and
Terry Southern (screenplay)

Produced by
John Calley .... associate producer
Martin Ransohoff .... producer
Original Music by
Lalo Schifrin 
Cinematography by
Philip H. Lathrop (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Hal Ashby 
Art Direction by
Edward C. Carfagno  (as Edward Carfagno)
George W. Davis 
Set Decoration by
Henry Grace 
Hugh Hunt 
Costume Design by
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup artist
Jay Sebring .... hair designer: Steve McQueen (uncredited)
Production Management
Austen Jewell .... unit production manager
Lindsley Parsons Jr. .... assistant production manager: MGM (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kurt Neumann .... assistant director
Lynn Guthrie .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Frank Wesselhoff .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Franklin Milton .... recording supervisor
Archie Butler .... stunts (uncredited)
Larry Duran .... stunts (uncredited)
Bud Ekins .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
Loren Janes .... stunt double: Steve McQueen (uncredited)
John Moio .... stunts (uncredited)
Jesse Wayne .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Leonard J. South .... camera operator (uncredited)
Music Department
Robert Armbruster .... conductor
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Milt Bernhart .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Frank Capp .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Ray Charles .... musician: vocals (uncredited)
Victor Feldman .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Justin Gordon .... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Willis Holman .... musician: saxophone (uncredited)
Jerrold Immel .... music copyist (uncredited)
Artie Kane .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Louis Kaufman .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Barney Kessel .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
John Kiltzmiller .... musician: tuba (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Michael J. McDonald .... score remixer (uncredited)
Keith Mitchell .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Red Mitchell .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Tommy Morgan .... musician: harmonica (uncredited)
Erno Neufeld .... musician: violin (uncredited)
John Pisano .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Emil Richards .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Eleanor Slatkin .... musician: cello (uncredited)
Tommy Tedesco .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
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102 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:A (original rating) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 | Iceland:L | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (1993) | USA:TV-14 (TV Rating)

Did You Know?

This was Ring Lardner Jr.'s first major studio work since his 1947 blacklisting as one of The Hollywood Ten.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Ladyfingers first takes over for Shooter, she shuffles the cards and begins dealing. As she's dealing she clearly turns up (flips face up) one of the cards as it flies off camera.See more »
Lancey Howard:[to Cincinnati Kid] You're good, kid, but as long as I'm around, you're only second best.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Shade (2003)See more »
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28 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
McQueen and Robinson are aces, 6 March 2003
Author: NewEnglandPat from Virginia

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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