Overall Rank: 709
Average Rating: 3.1/4
# of Ratings: 59
Theatrical Release Date: 06/29/1951
Genre: Documentary, Mystery
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Billy Wilder
Actors: Kirk Douglas, Robert Arthur, Jan Sterling, Porter Hall, Richard Benedict, Frank Cady
Plot: A film about a big time reporter who uses a disaster as his ticket back to the top. -- MaceeRae
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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 06/21/2019
A reasonable commentary on the exploitation of the media for personal gain, "Ace in the Hole" remains both relevant and thought-provoking.
Indyfreak - wrote on 02/13/2018
Kirk Douglas plays a ruthless reporter milking the publicity surrounding a cave-in accident for all it's worth. Jan Sterling plays the wife of the man trapped underground and who would guess that she is as equally unscrupulous. Dark comedy, social satire, and unlikable characters run amok in 'ACE IN THE HOLE'.
Snoogans - wrote on 02/23/2014
Writer/Director Wilder takes his terrific noir sensibilities from 'Double Indemnity' and places them in a story about journalism. Kirk Douglas awesomely plays a callous newspaper writer looking to exploit a situation for his own selfish career boost. The film is drenched in a cynical atmosphere that pays off as coldly as you would expect. A good story made all the better with angry statements about the circus of media brought on by unsavory journalism.
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Yojimbo - wrote on 01/30/2015
A fast-talking, unscrupulous newspaper man breezes into small town America looking for his big break and when he happens upon a man trapped by a tunnel collapse, he deliberately spins out the story for his own selfish ends. Ace In The Hole is Billy Wilder at his most despairing of human nature. The theme of the story is how human tragedy can be reduced to the level of entertainment for the masses hungry for a sensational story and how this hunger is sated by the selfish and cynical; themes obviously echoed in recent films such as Gone Girl, Nightcrawler and Gone Baby Gone. Aside from the victim and his hapless parents, literally everyone in the story has their own agenda and the result is literally a carnival of greed as everyone tries to get in on the action with little regard for the …
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