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 »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

There had been talk about Cary Grant taking the role of Lancey Howard, although it is unlikely that Grant would have conceded first billing to Steve McQueen. See more »

Goofs

When the Kid is playing a card trick with Christian's father, the deck changes positions between camera angles. When the Kid is showing the trick to the father, he is wearing a coat. When the mother comes in to see the trick, the jacket is gone and nowhere to be found. See more »

Quotes

Pig: Can't live with them and can't live without them, huh, Kid?
Cincinnati Kid: Yeah, that's right, Pig.
Pig: Don't lose no sweat, Kid. Mine left me too.
Melba: I wonder why.
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Alternate Versions

In 2005, the BBFC cut this release further compared to the previous 1993 edits. UK cinema release in 1970 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Mouth 3 (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

I've Got You Under My Skin
(uncredited)
Written by Cole Porter
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McQueen and Robinson are aces
6 March 2003 | by NewEnglandPatSee all my reviews

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1965 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Cincinnati Kid See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$15,260,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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