slim pickens was in getaway and terry southern wrote this film. both were associated with dr. strangelove. jewison’s best picture is probably in the heat of the night with rollerball coming in second, but this one’s quite good and certainly elevates my opinion of him. i guess i should see fiddler on the roof now.
edward g. robinson is well-chosen and very good, mcqueen is also very good. both exhibit a great deal of subtlety in the picture and that’s especially important because their playing poker players. you somehow always know what they’re thinking/feeling, but it’s never so obvious that you cringe.