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 … More

Rating: G
Genre: Classics, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Ring Lardner, Terry Southern, Ring Lardner Jr.
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 31, 2005


as Eric Stoner - the Ci...

as Lancey Howard

as Christian

as Shooter

as Melba

as Lady Fingers

as Slade

as Yeller

as Hoban

as Mr. Rudd

as Danny

as Mrs. Rudd

as Mrs. Slade

as Dealer

as Hoban's Wife

as Gambler

as Desk Clerk

as Poker Player

as Poker Player

as Poker Player

as Poker Player

as Philly

as Referee

as Howard, Poker Player

as Old Man

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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