Cincinnati Kid [Blu-ray]  [US Import]
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An upstart card shark has a marathon game with the king of stud poker in 1930s New Orleans. Directed by Norman Jewison.
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It's a good-looking movie. The opulent interiors of some hotels and Slade's home are well filmed, and they say something about what was possible during the depression for certain kinds of enterprising men. The opening, with its New Orleans funeral under the title credits, is a great idea, and Ray Charles sings an unlikely song as we see these titles.Read more ›
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!
"It's a pleasure to meet someone who understands that to the true gambler, money is never an end in itself, it's simply a tool, as a language is to thought"
Steve McQueen is The Cincinnati Kid of the title, a young man who has an enviable reputation as the pretender to the throne of king stud poker player. Standing in his way of claiming the crown is the holder of said crown, Lancey "The Man" Howard (a wonderfully sedate yet dominant Edward G. Robinson), both men are in New Orleans for the big showdown across the card table.
The film does suffer slightly from a meandering script, though, because you can't help feeling that there is so much more to these characters that needed fleshing out before the big tense showdown arises. However, the cast and director manage to steer the film home with a glorious final third. Suspense and drama start to boil to the surface, the tight knit editing bringing claustrophobic clarity to the enormity of the game.
McQueen is perfect here, cocky and cool in equal measure, yet still infusing the role with stoic heart and honest endearment. Tuesday Weld & Ann-Margret are playing second fiddle in the acting stakes to a delightful turn from Joan Blondell (a little under used though), but both Weld and Margret bring their respective girls' traits to life, with Margret positively smouldering with femme fatale sex appeal.Read more ›
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''lessons are extra''. excellent film even if you don't like poker. McQueen at his coolest. recommend this filmPublished 5 months ago by mr ab murray
GREAT FILM steve at his best, and the great edward G, also tuesday weld shows ann-margret a thing or two about actingPublished 6 months ago by jokeriswild
A classic. Great cast, Steve McQueen, Ann Margret, Tuesday Weld, Edward G Robinson and Joan Blondell. Worth seeing.Published 12 months ago by Hill