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The Cincinnati Kid (1965)


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Steve McQueen stars as the Cincinnati Kid, a crackerjack New Orleans stud poker player. Tired of chicken feed, the Kid decides to challenge The Man (Edward G. Robinson), the reigning poker champ, who is in town for a private game. The Shooter (Karl Malden), another gambling pro, arranges a game between the Kid and the Man, with the Shooter dealing. The game is compromised by the intervention of Slade (Rip Torn), an old foe of the Man's who tries to fix the outcome. The Kid finds out about this


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Ring Lardner, Terry Southern

May 31, 2005


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

May 6, 2013 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Adapted from Richard Jessup's realistically-written novel, it emerges a tenseful examination of the gambling fraternity.

October 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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Marvellous performances throughout ensure interest.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The pool sharks in The Hustler have it all over the card sharks in The Cincinnati Kid, in spades.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comment (1)
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A brilliant and utterly entertaining McQueen vehicle and one that fans of the actor will enjoy the most.

August 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
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A slighter version of The Hustler, on a different sort of felt

May 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemania erratically-paced yet stirring drama that benefits greatly from McQueen's mere presence...

July 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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It's the Hustler, with Steve McQueen playing stud poker instead of Paul Newman shooting pool.

March 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comments (2)
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it's the film's stellar cast, along with a gritty narrative and stylized direction, that makes The Cincinnati Kid the best poker movie ever.

April 22, 2009 Full Review Source:

McQueen's first teaming with director Jewison is not as fun to watch as the later Thomas Crown Affair, but the actor gives a cool, understated perfromance.

August 19, 2008 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Even if you don't understand the game, you'll be biting your nails.

October 31, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Falta-lhe a complexidade moral e psicológica de Desafio à Corrupção, mas, ainda assim, é um filme com personagens suficientemente interessantes para prender nossa atenção.

January 6, 2007
Cinema em Cena

seemingly prosaic spectacle of poker game as the contest of epic proportions

November 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Draxblog Movie Reviews

One of Norman Jewison's core themes of his career is the singular figure and how his or her's goals, desires, and actions affect the people around them.

June 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Moody and stylish, and McQueen is cool as ever.

October 14, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

McQueen and Edward G. Robinson are aces.

September 17, 2004
Las Vegas Review-Journal

The movie has lots of nice performances amid some romantic digressions from the poker table.

October 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
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A highly watchable, if somewhat superficial drama that bluffed its way to critical respectability on release.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4

Among a cast loaded with talent, McQueen and Robinson are excellent

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

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.
January 19, 2013

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Good acting puts this over, incredible cast coupled with interesting story. Ann-Margret is positively bursting with kittenish sexuality.
June 14, 2008
jay nixon

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Crushing Ending but good effective long card scene that most likely influenced movies like Rounders or Casino Royale.
March 1, 2008
Lenny Muggsy

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I hate card game and Steve McQueen movies but this one was great. It doesn't have the typical bullshit Hollywood ending and it's got a great cast.
November 29, 2006

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    1. Lancey Howard: I recollect a young man putting the same question to Eddie the Dude. 'Son, Eddie told him, all you paid was the looking price. Lessons are extra.'
    – Submitted by Stan D (21 months ago)
    1. Lancey Howard: You're good, Kid. But as long as I'm around, you're second best. And you might as well learn to live with it.
    – Submitted by Stan D (21 months ago)
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