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Great stud poker movie,
This review is from: The Cincinnati Kid [VHS] (VHS Tape)
The Cincinnati Kid is an excellent movie about a young card player who so desperately wants to beat the best so that he can become "the man." The movie is about the Cincinnati Kid, real name Eric Stoner, a great card player in New Orleans always searching for ways to better himself as a card player. When he finds out that the greatest poker player alive is in town, he must play him to find out if he is the best. This is a very good movie that deals with the desire to be number one at all costs. At times this movie reminded me of the Twilight Zone episode with Jonathan Winters and Jack Klegman. It helps to have some knowledge of poker since the last half of the movie deals with the actual duel between the Kid and Lancey Howard as they knock off their opponents until it is only them. The movie is very exciting especially the build-up to the final game.
Steve McQueen is very believable as the Cincinnati Kid. It is easy to see him get into the role as the young man who so desperately wants to be the best. Edward G. Robinson gives an equally good performance as Lancey Howard, the veteran player who battles the Kid. Ann-Margaret is gorgeous as Melba Williams, a married woman so obviously interested in the Kid. Karl Malden is also great as Shooter Williams, the dealer who is friends with both men involved in the game. The film also stars Rip Torn in a devilish role, Tuesday Weld as McQueen's girlfriend, Christian, Jack Weston, and Cab Calloway. This is a very good movie that deserves a DVD release. For fans of poker and McQueen, check out The Cincinnati Kid!