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Ace in the Hole

1951
Drama
1h 51m
When a man is trapped alive in a mine collapse, a self-interested reporter and the townspeople cynically create what we now call a "media circus". (imdb)
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70th
4
Nobody could do cynical like Billy Wilder, and this is another top-shelf offering to go along with Sunset Blvd. and Double Indemnity. Everybody down the line, from Chuck Tatum's sleazy, manipulative reporter (played brilliantly by Kirk Douglas) right up to the trapped man's wife, is uncompromisingly greedy, framing his desperate story for their own personal gain. But there are no happy endings to be had for any of them. A dark, biting vision of American society.
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95th
94
This film is fantastic, because it's repulsive. Douglas is incredible, because he's so awful. Sterling is amazing, because she's sickening. Every review of this film calls it cynical and there's no better word, this might be even more so than even Sunset Boulevard. You just can't look away from this one.
Rated
26th
50
I was told this film attacks the media in the similarly caustic and revealing way that Sunset Boulevard attacked Hollywood. They lied. It isn't as remotely engaging and doesn't begin to compare to the Sweet Smell Of Success either, which trumps it on all levels. Kirk Douglas is fine in the lead, but the script, while well meaning, lacks intelligence. The film is praised for its bleak and uncompromising take on mass media culture, but it fails because it routinely confuses cynicism for insight.
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65th
82
Kirk Douglas punched a guy with his highwater pants on; that was pretty funny. And he's like, "yo da circus is over," and they had to pack up their ferris wheel and go back home.
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90th
97
A relatively cynically-fueled and uncompromisingly gloomy look at greed and betrayal, and its a huge kick in the nuts to the media. Bleak, powerful, depressing, sombre and harrowing noir that exceeds above all others. Kirk Douglas is sleazy and somewhat compelling as the repulsively acquisitive and avaricious reporter who wants the attention all to himself. Billy Wilder's best.
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