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 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.
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Steve McQueen
as Eric Stoner - the Cincinnati Kid
Edward G. Robinson
as Lancey Howard
Tuesday Weld
as Christian
Karl Malden
as Shooter
as Melba
Joan Blondell
as Lady Fingers
Rip Torn
as Slade
Cab Calloway
as Yeller
Jeff Corey
as Hoban
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
Robert DoQui
as Philly
Hal Taggart
as Bettor
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

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 23, 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 8, 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 21, 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
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
jay nixon

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

Lenny Muggsy
Lenny Muggsy

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