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Cincinnati Kid
     

The Cincinnati Kid

Director: Norman Jewison

Cast: Steve McQueen, Edward G. Robinson, Ann-Margret

 

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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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
The Cincinnati Kid might have been a very different movie had original director Sam Peckinpah not been fired from the production, but as it stands, the film is calmly, competently helmed by replacement Norman Jewison. There's quite enough talent on both sides of the camera to make Kid more than just a post-Hustler gambling romp, including writers Ring Lardner, Jr. (MASH, Laura) and Terry Southern (Dr. Strangelove, Easy Rider); and editor Hal Ashby, who collaborated with Jewison on some of his best work. The all-star performances of Steve McQueen, Edward G. Robinson, Karl Malden, Joan Blondell and Ann-Margret help make The Cincinnati Kid not a suspenseful, gritty drama as well as a colorful, entertaining portrait of New Orleans during the Great Depression. Jewison, McQueen and Ashby would team up again for 1968's similar The Thomas Crown Affair.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/31/2005
UPC:
0012569698628
Original Release:
1965
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:42:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by director Norman Jewison; Scene-specific commentary by Phil Gordon and Dave Foley, the hosts of Celebrity Poker Showdown; Vintage featurette; Theatrical trailer; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français & Español

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steve McQueen The Cincinnati Kid
Edward G. Robinson Lancey Howard
Ann-Margret Melba
Karl Malden Shooter
Tuesday Weld Christian
Joan Blondell Lady Fingers
Rip Torn Slade
Jack Weston Pig
Cab Calloway Yeller
Jeff Corey Hoban
Theo Marcuse Felix
Milton Selzer Sokal
Karl Swenson Mr. Rudd
Emile Genest Cajun
Ron Soble Danny
Irene Tedrow Mrs. Rudd
Midge Ware Mrs. Slade
Dub Taylor Dealer
Andy Albin Referee
William Challee Actor
Robert DoQui Philly
Claude Hall Gambler
John Hart Actor
Sandy Kevin Poker Player
Gregg Martell Danny's Henchman
Burt Mustin Actor
Barry O'Hara Eddie
Olan Soule Desk Clerk
Hal Taggart Bettor
Charles Wagenheim Old Man
Howard Wendell Howard, Poker Player
William Zuckert Actor
Pat McCaffrie Actor
Donald Elson Actor

Technical Credits
Norman Jewison Director
Hal Ashby Editor
John Calley Producer
Edward C. Carfagno Art Director
Dorcas Cochran Songwriter
George W. Davis Art Director
Donfeld Costumes/Costume Designer
Henry W. Grace Set Decoration/Design
Hugh Hunt Set Decoration/Design
Ring Lardner Screenwriter
Philip H. Lathrop Cinematographer
Martin Ransohoff Producer
Lalo Schifrin Score Composer
Terry Southern Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Credits on Parade [3:41]
2. Win and Run [3:20]
3. The Man Himself [1:17]
4. Analyzing French Cinema [1:32]
5. How Much You Mean [2:06]
6. Always a Kid [1:55]
7. After the Game [3:33]
8. Not Ready to Retire [4:09]
9. The Cockfight [:41]
10. Ready for a Fall [1:15]
11. A Fun Girl [:02]
12. Weight of the Wait [4:50]
13. Visiting Christian [:03]
14. Card Trickery [3:01]
15. Two to Get Ready [:53]
16. The Game Begins [3:37]
17. Unlucky Pig [2:46]
18. Friends Regardless [1:46]
19. The Two of Us [1:07]
20. Winning My Way [3:08]
21. Ladies Meet [3:25]
22. Squeezed By Slade [4:01]
23. All the Way [4:03]
24. Second Best [:09]
25. Ready for Him [2:47]
26. Cast List [:34]

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