The Cincinnati Kid (1965)

The Cincinnati Kid (1965)

Steve McQueen takes his shot at poker glory.

RATING:

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NOTABLE STARS

Steve McQueen, Ann Margaret

PLOT

A young poker shark (Steve McQueen) puts everything on the line and takes his shot at ‘the man’ in the biggest match of his life.

SKILLS

This movie is stylish, cool and thrilling. What resonates most with me is the harsh realism about the life of a gambler.  Gambling is brutal, heartless and unforgiving and ‘The Cincinnati Kid’ captures that in a beautiful and mesmerizing way.

LEAKS

I mean, it’s old and they play a completely dead form of poker (5-card Stud), if you want something to complain about.

POKER AUTHENTICITY

Strong.

While the poker gameplay is obviously outdated, this film’s authenticity lies in the way it so accurately depicts the gambling spirit.  A spot-on portrayal of the emotion, chaos and sturggle in the life of a professional gambler.

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