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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... The Cincinnati Kid
... Melba
... Shooter
... Christian
... Lancey Howard
... Lady Fingers
... Slade
... Pig
... Yeller
... Hoban
... Felix (as Theo Marcuse)
... Sokal
... Mr. Rudd
... Cajun (as Emile Genest)
... Danny
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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 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
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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Metrocolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Edward G. Robinson wrote in his autobiography, "In the film I played Lancey Howard, the reigning champ of the stud poker tables...I could hardly say I identified with Lancey; I was Lancey. That man on the screen, more than in any other picture I ever made, was Edward G. Robinson with great patches of Emanuel Goldenberg [his real name] showing through. He was all cold and discerning and unflappable on the exterior; he was ageing and full of self-doubt on the inside....Even the final session of the poker game was real...I played that game as if it were for blood. It was one of the best performances I ever gave on stage or screen or radio or TV, and the reason for it is that is wasn't a performance at all; it was symbolically the playing out of my whole gamble with life." See more »

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During the brass band parade, multiple room air conditioners can be seen on the outside walls of the buildings. These were not common until after WWII, and would have been extremely rare during the depression era, especially in the Black neighborhoods of New Orleans. See more »

Quotes

Lancey Howard: [thinking on what he said to Lady Fingers] No, Lady; he hasn't gotten to me. Not yet; but he might, he just might.
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Referenced in The O'Reilly Factor: Episode dated 15 April 2008 (2008) 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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A slick, smart and well acted gem of a film
5 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

Eric Stoner - The Cincinnati Kid (Steve Mqcueen) is going to take on The Man - Lancy Howard (A great as usual Edward G. Robinson) in the biggest poker game you will ever see, and you better not miss it. The movie follows the few days before the big game of the Cincinatti Kid and several other characters who in one way or another could be affected by the games results: One is a sort of a shady gangster (Rip Torn) who was "butchered" by "The Man" not very long ago and will do anything to get even with him including threaten and bribe one of the dealers named Shooter (Karl Malden) who is The kid's best friend. Also in the mix is Shooter's sexy and seductive wife Melba (Ann-Margret at her most beauty) who has a few things on her mind (one of them is money of course and none of them is her poor husband) and also are trying to tempt Mcqueen's Character who is in relationships with a sweet and innocent country girl named Christian (the lovely Tuesday Weld) who wants to settle down. the film hasn't got even one boring minute thanks to the first rate cast and the interesting dialogs. The final showdown at the hotel is probably the most tense and interesting poker game ever filmed in a movie. And who can forget the last thing Lancy tells the kid: "Gets down to what it's all about, doesn't it? Making the wrong move at the right time." Recommended 10/10


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