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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.

Director:

Norman Jewison

Writers:

Richard Jessup (novel), Ring Lardner Jr. (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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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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A RAMBLING - GAMBLING MAN ... ! ! See more »

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Drama

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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1965 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Cincinnati Kid See more »

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Gross USA:

$15,260,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Strother Martin claimed he was cast in the film but got fired after Norman Jewison replaced Sam Peckinpah. See more »

Goofs

In the final hand, Lancey overlaps his exposed cards similar to a solitaire row, the queen of diamonds is the top card while everyone is discussing if he has the jack or not. A few seconds later, the cards are reversed and the queen is the bottom card. See more »

Quotes

Lancey Howard: Gets down to what it's all about, doesn't it? Making the wrong move at the right time.
Cincinnati Kid: Is that what it's all about?
Lancey Howard: Like life, I guess. You're good, kid, but as long as I'm around you're second best. You might as well learn to live with it.
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Alternate Versions

The newer release has been cut further. UK cinema and early video versions were cut by 38 seconds to a scene featuring a cockfight (scenes involving cockfights are always cut by the BBFC). The 2005 wide-screen version substituted some scenes though the cuts were lengthened to 1 min 4 secs. See more »

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Referenced in Legacy of the Hollywood Blacklist (1987) See more »

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The Cincinnati Kid
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Lyrics by Dorcas Cochran
Theme song of "The Cincinnati Kid"
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A classic film about a great game
13 April 2005 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

Steve McQueen's answer to Paul Newman's huge success with The Hustler isn't quite as good as the earlier classic; but it's still a damn fine movie. Poker is a fascinating game, and it therefore makes a great base for a film. The Cincinnati Kid capitalises on that fact and it draws all of it's excitement from the game at it's centre. The type of poker played in this movie is 5 card stud; and as a Texas Hold'Em fan, I was a little disappointed by this as stud simply isn't as good; but poker is poker, and 5 card stud is still an admirable base for a film. As implied, the film is at it's best when we're watching the action on the table; and it's easy to liken the structure of this movie to that of a disaster movie, in that it's central theme is the focus and the plot is then bulked out by human drama. The drama side of the story follows Eric Stoner (McQueen), a gambling man who's been honing his skills and working his way up to a game with 'The Man' (Edward G. Robinson). However, things are never that simple as when there's money involved; there's always someone willing to force it to go their way.

Steve McQueen makes a great leading man. His cocky swagger and charisma are always a delight to watch, but this combines with his off-screen personality, and when watching him I cant help but think about his big headedness when it comes to film billing and the like. However; he's not the star of this movie in my eyes, as it's Edward G. Robinson that takes that honour. Robinson is a fantastic actor, and one that rarely gets his dues when it comes to deciding the greatest actors of all time. Here, he adds great believability to his role as the top poker player and he ensures that the atmosphere around his player is one of confidence and authority. And that's how it should be - he is the man. The Cincinnati Kid is exciting throughout; but never more so than on the build up to it's conclusion. The ending is one of my favourite of all time, and Robinson's line shortly after the end stands up with the greatest lines ever written for cinema. While this film is no Hustler; it's still a damn good movie, and one that I hugely recommend. Especially if you're a poker player!


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