TV-14 | | Drama
An up-and-coming poker player tries to prove himself in a high-stakes match against a long-time master of the game.
When Steve McQueen was first told that Paddy Chayefsky was writing the script, he reportedly said, "Tell Paddy when he's writing that I'm much better walking than I am talking."
You're good, kid, but as long as I'm around, you're only second best.
The stiletto heeled shoes Ann Margarets' character wears, were of a type not seen until Italian fashion designers introduced them in the 1950s.
There are two different endings to this film. The first ending, which is shown in all vhs releases, after Stoner loses the coin throw to the shoe shine boy, the boy walks away saying "You're not ready for me yet, Kid." As the boy walks away, Stoner turns around and it fades into the ending credits. In the second (or extended) ending, which was shown on Turner Classic Movies, after Stoner loses the coin throw to the shoe shine boy, the boy leaves saying "You're not ready for me yet, kid." Stoner turns around and continues walking until he sees Christian, then embraces her. The frame then freezes and says "The End" before fading into the credits.
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