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Although Wilder had scored a success with Sunset Boulevard just a year earlier, he misread the public's ability to stare into the merciless mirror he held up to them in Ace in the Hole. The movie bombed. Paramount changed the title to The Big Carnival, thus wrecking one of Wilder's most acidic puns, but it didn't help. It also doesn't matter: Ace in the Hole is one of the truly grown-up movies of its time, and age has only improved it. Wilder's ear for cynical dialogue is honed to its sharpest point, and Kirk Douglas has one of his best parts, which he attacks with customary ferocity. Jan Sterling plays the hard-nosed wife of the trapped man, with Porter Hall as Douglas's publisher--the lone voice of decency in the film's cruel parade. Admirably, Wilder takes this all the way down the line: the ending of the movie might be the best in-your-face finish since Public Enemy. --Robert Horton
An "Ace" Indeed !
The public is a much to blame for media frenzy as the reporters themselves.
A true cinematic classic. Not much needs be said about Wilders masterful destruction of the american news system and its rigorous strangling of humanity, other than its right on.Published 10 days ago by grafdog
Why don't they make movies like this anymore? So ahead of its time.Published 1 month ago by Anastacio Garcia
This gem was rejected by audiences not ready for a loathsome protagonist, but later generations have come to recognize it for the brilliant classic it is. Read morePublished 2 months ago by RLM
Get this story line right out of today’s mad social media driven desperate cry for recognition in a sullen, indifferent world. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Alfred Johnson
Excellent movie, which can be related to current media world as wellPublished 3 months ago by VIJAY
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You echo my thoughts on this film perfectly, although I still enjoy "The Apartment" & "Double Indemnity" slightly more than this film.
This has been my #1 most wanted film on DVD for going on 10 years and it's finally just about here. The inclusion of the documentary and... Read More
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