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The Cincinnati Kid (1965)




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An up-and-coming poker ace hustles his way into a major contest for big money, challenging an elderly master player in a tense psychological duel of wits. A knowledge of the game is not necessary in order to enjoy this drama with romantic asides, which boasts a strong cast.more
Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Ring Lardner, Terry Southern, Ring Lardner Jr.
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 31, 2005


Steve McQueen
as Eric Stoner - the Ci...
Edward G. Robinson
as Lancey Howard
Tuesday Weld
as Christian
Karl Malden
as Shooter
Joan Blondell
as Lady Fingers
Rip Torn
as Slade
Karl Swenson
as Mr. Rudd
Ron Soble
as Danny
Irene Tedrow
as Mrs. Rudd
Midge Ware
as Mrs. Slade
Dub Taylor
as Dealer
Joyce Perry
as Hoban's Wife
Claude Hall
as Gambler
Olan Soule
as Desk Clerk
William Zuckert
as Poker Player
Pat McCaffrie
as Poker Player
John Hart
as Poker Player
Sandy Kevin
as Poker Player
Andy Albin
as Referee
Howard Wendell
as Howard, Poker Playe...
Burt Mustin
as Old Man
Gregg Martell
as Danny's Henchman
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Critic Reviews for The Cincinnati Kid

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (4)

By the time all the bets are in, Cincinnati Kid appears to hold a losing hand.

Full Review… | May 6, 2013
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Adapted from Richard Jessup's realistically-written novel, it emerges a tenseful examination of the gambling fraternity.

Full Review… | October 31, 2007
Top Critic

Marvellous performances throughout ensure interest.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The pool sharks in The Hustler have it all over the card sharks in The Cincinnati Kid, in spades.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

A brilliant and utterly entertaining McQueen vehicle and one that fans of the actor will enjoy the most.

Full Review… | August 22, 2013
Cinema Crazed

A slighter version of The Hustler, on a different sort of felt

Full Review… | May 3, 2013

Audience Reviews for The Cincinnati Kid


A little bit o'fun as McQueen leads a pretty gosh darn good cast in this typical tale of the kid against the powers that be. Eddie G.'s that power, the Man, the guy who's on top of the stud poker game and Stevie's set to take him down. Malden's good as the buddy, Weld as the good girl, and Margret as, what else, the bad girl, surprise.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Good acting puts this over, incredible cast coupled with interesting story. Ann-Margret is positively bursting with kittenish sexuality.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Crushing Ending but good effective long card scene that most likely influenced movies like Rounders or Casino Royale.

Lenny Muggsy

Super Reviewer

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