Steve McQueen brings his cool fire to the role of the Cincinnati Kid, a small-timer eager to take his chances in high-stakes poker. He gets his chance. Regal, ruthless Lancey Howard the elite gambler called the Man, accepts the Kid's challenge. Norman Jewison directs this taut exploration of back-room gaming, building suspense with each turn of a card. And Ann-Margaret, Karl Malden, Rip Torn, National Board of Review Best Supporting Actress Award winner Joan Blondell and many more comprise a full house of talent. Grab a chair and ante up.
ICE COOL McQUEEN
- The Cincinnati Kid review by PT
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McQueen plays Eric Stoner, perhaps the greatest five card stud player of them all. To be the man though he must beat "the man" Lancey Howard the ageing king of the game.
McQueen is superb as the confident kid, convinced he's the best and ready to take Lancey apart. Edward G is brilliant as the old master, still awesome but showing signs of weariness. Add the machinations of interested parties in this showdown, and the superb femme fatale in the shape of the amazing Ann Margaret and you got yourself a great Hollywood production.
The final hand is shot and acted so well, you live the tension with them. Great.