Monday, November 16, 2015

The Cincinnati Kid (1965)

Directed by Norman Jewison
My rating: 2 stars out of 4
(Blu-ray, Warner Bros)

Poker ace Steve McQueen is in New Orleans to challenge the reigning champ of the underground card circuit Edward G. Robinson. He desperately wants to defeat him fair and square, but must thwart the "help" of his card dealer friend Karl Malden whose side bet threatens to derail him. There is plenty of time for romantic entanglements with Malden's sexy wife Ann-Margret and his own girlfriend Tuesday Weld. Authentic period and local flavor marred by an unnecessarily graphic cockfighting scene.

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