The Cincinnati Kid

1965

The Cincinnati Kid

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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 and tells Slade to get lost, preferring to win fair and square. The outcome is in the cagey hands of The Man, who is smart enough to do (as one reviewer put it) the wrong thing at the right time. The Cincinnati Kid was based on the novel by Richard Jessup.

Cast

Steve McQueen
as Eric Stoner - the Cincinnati Kid
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 Player
Burt Mustin
as Old Man
Gregg Martell
as Danny's Henchman
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Critic Reviews for The Cincinnati Kid

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Audience Reviews for The Cincinnati Kid

  • Dec 09, 2016
    Steve McQueen is the young upstart poker player, Edward G. Robinson an old master, Karl Malden is their friend and dealer, Ann Margret his flirtatious girlfriend, and Tuesday Weld is McQueen's. It's a fantastic cast - McQueen oozes cool, it's special to see Robinson at age 72 deliver a very good performance, Malden plays 'conflicted' well when he's pressured to fix the match, Margret is sexy and has a way of speaking with her eyes, and Weld is incredibly cute but also nuanced. To top it off, Joan Blondell is the backup dealer, and while her role and performance aren't amazing, it's very nice to see her and Robinson together again nearly three decades after 1936's 'Bullets or Ballots'. New Orleans is a fantastic setting and director Norman Jewison makes good use of it. I have to say, I was not all that jazzed about the scene with the cock fight, which is cruel. And, he's less effective in making the movie feel as though it's in the 1930's, but maybe that doesn't matter. The poker talk at the tables is pretty authentic, but I always find it amusing that the 5-card stud hands shown routinely in movies are extremely rare. The ending comes as a jolt and seems abrupt, but perhaps that's because I was thinking how interesting it would have been if it was revealed that Robinson was engaged in a nefarious fix with Blondell. As it is, the movie is about integrity and dignity, even in what may seem to be an unlikely place, amongst gamblers. Cheating, and accusations of cheating, are shown more than once to be signs of weakness, whereas real skill is cool and confident, and there is mutual respect between McQueen and Robinson's characters. How interesting that McQueen falters on the relationship side by being seduced by Margret, though even then he doesn't deny it or make excuses. It may be a little clichéd and it may have borrowed its theme from 'The Hustler', but it's an engaging, interesting film.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 19, 2013
    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. W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 18, 2011
    What a classic! Right up there with "The Hustler" and "The Sting"..
    Sean G Super Reviewer
  • Aug 29, 2008
    Good simple film about poker. It's great fun to watch McQueen and Edward G. play off each other. Nothing groundbreaking, but very entertaing with a great ending.
    cody f Super Reviewer

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