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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
Great Film That Benefited From An Upgrade To High Definition. The Story Leaves The Viewer With More Questions Than Answers And Isn't That The True Definition Of Art?Published 2 months ago by John Ford
Great film noir. Entertainment news creates and feeds the news drama that they sell. Relevant today.Published 2 months ago by Nobody
Made in 1951, it still speaks to what is happening in the news media today.
Very good work by everyone involved.
One of the greatest movies about the newspaper business. Must see Kirk Douglas performance. One of his best. As a;ways a great film by a great director, Billy Wilder. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Christopher Brown
One of Kirk Douglas's earlier films and very entertaining to watch. It shows how a news reporter takes advantage of a disaster situation to get his personal publicity. Read morePublished 4 months ago by William Dakota
This is Wilder at his most cynical. Supposedly based on a true story, this depiction of media frenzy and corrupt characters is knowing and disturbing. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Michael Berry
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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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