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4.0 out of 5 stars The kid with no ace in the hole
A troubled picture that saw original director Sam Peckinpah fired in the first week of shooting and original co-star Spencer Tracey bowing out, The Cincinnati Kid sounds like a Western, and in many ways it is, with Edward G. Robinson as the old gun who's never been beat and Steve McQueen the up and coming kid who wants to take him. The only difference is that the weapons...
Published on 6 Mar 2009 by Trevor Willsmer

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4.0 out of 5 stars The kid with no ace in the hole, 6 Mar 2009
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Cincinnati Kid [1965] (DVD)
A troubled picture that saw original director Sam Peckinpah fired in the first week of shooting and original co-star Spencer Tracey bowing out, The Cincinnati Kid sounds like a Western, and in many ways it is, with Edward G. Robinson as the old gun who's never been beat and Steve McQueen the up and coming kid who wants to take him. The only difference is that the weapons of choice are cards instead of bullets and instead of the old West it's set in Depression-era New Orleans. Given his obsessive competition with Paul Newman, it's a fair bet that McQueen probably wanted a Hustler of his own, and if this doesn't quite make the grade it's far more entertaining than any film about people sitting down to play cards has any right to be. Despite McQueen and the impressive supporting cast - Ann Margret, Karl Malden, Tuesday Weld, Rip Torn, Jack Weston and Cab Calloway among them - it's Robinson who walks away with the picture as the unbeaten champion who believes that money is merely a tool rather than the object of the game, displaying just the right combination of dignity and ruthlessness. Great Ray Charles end title song too.

Curiously the DVD has the 'happier' ending shot rather than director Norman Jewison's preferred one that often appears on TV prints - basically the same shot but with one signficant change to it. The UK release is also slightly censored to remove illegal shots of animal cruelty in the cockfighting scene.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars cincinnati kid blu-ray U.S. import, 12 Mar 2013
this blu-ray is region free with plenty of optional audio and subtitle choices.the extras are very good with a director's commentary,vintage featurette and scene specific breakdown by two poker experts.The picture quality is excellent and the audio though only available in DTS-HD Mono is equally good with nice clear dialogue and punchy soundtrack.For fans of Steve McQueen,Edward G. Robinson or Karl Malden this is an essential purchase.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric and rivetting, 16 Nov 2008
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D. L. George "wilscombe" (Cirencester, UK) - See all my reviews
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It has been at least a couple of decades since I last saw this film and it is just as good as when I saw it last. To my mind the casting is unbeatable and the film is a classic of the first order. To gain a real insight into how the thing was put together I recommend the version with commentary. Of the three possible endings, finishing at the card table gets my vote. If you like McQueen and enjoy a hand of poker this is definitely one for the collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The King of Cool takes on `The Man'!, 21 April 2014
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Three years before they made The Thomas Crown Affair together, McQueen first teamed up with Norman Jewison to make, essentially, a `cover' version of Paul Newman's The Hustler. This time, instead of pool we have the kid from the wrong side of the tracks attempting to beat, The Man, Lancey Howard, at his own game, stud poker.

There are various side issues to settle along the way before the kid sits down with the Man and McQueen gets marvelous support from a stunning cast including; the great Edward G Robinson, as Lancey Howard, Karl Malden as the kid's friend, Shooter, Anne Margret as Melba, Shooter's frivolous wife, who also has the kid in her sights, and Joan Blondell, as Lady Fingers. Both Robinson and Blondell were nominated for Oscars in supporting roles.

With a brilliant script by Ring Lardner Jnr, it's scored by Lalo Schiffrin who'd also create the iconic score for Bullitt three years later and the title song is by the equally great Ray Charles; what more could anyone want?

Oh, and unlike with Thomas Crown, the Blu-ray upgrade is definitely worth it; totally stunning!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the big showdown, 10 Jan 2008
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A surprisingly good film in its day. The whole film is the build up to the big showdown between the Cincinnati Kid (Steve McQueen) and Lancy Howard (Edward G Robinson), who is 'the man'.

A fairly simple storyline, tells how the 'kid' can barely get a game anywhere in town because almost everybody already owes him money. Then his friend 'shooter' (Carl Malden) starts a rumour that Lancy Howard is in town. There is a fair bit of excitement and tension during the encounter, which is complicated a little by others who have there own interests tied up in the result. There is also the little matter of the other four players who sit down to play in the big game in town.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars REGION FREE US IMPORT, 28 Jun 2013
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Nice improvement over the DvdThe Cincinnati Kid [1965]. You can actually see the dollar denominations on the poker table, which you can't on the Dvd.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DVD arrived on time in a couple of weeks, ..., 23 Oct 2014
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DVD arrived on time in a couple of weeks , well worth waiting for at a fraction of price some sellers are asking , looking forward to my next one arriving soon .
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Film!, 5 Feb 2009
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Rather odd, but I bought this for my Nephew.He is really into poker and I hoped the twist at the end would give him food for thought.The film did not dissapoint in this respect and the great acting and direction added to the strength of the message.Steve McQueen really was a one off and I am surprised this one is not included in box sets of his work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ERIC STONER, 7 Mar 2014
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This review is from: Cincinnati Kid [DVD] [1965] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
White actors are rarely cool, but McQueen is the king of Hollywood cool - and always will be. He also has a look on his face that the camera simply adores; hence, the fact that the edits linger on him more than any other performer.

Not as good as The Hustler, but more emotionally enjoyable. Considering the screenwriter was Rig Lardner, Jr, it is inevitable that this movie is one of the best about the price one is prepared to pay to obtain and maintain personal honour and integrity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 10 Oct 2014
This review is from: The Cincinnati Kid [1965] (DVD)
excellant DVD
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