Ace in the Hole

1951

Action / Drama / Film-Noir

82
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 89%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 93%
IMDb Rating 8.2 10 23183

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Kirk Douglas as Chuck Tatum
Frank Cady as Al Federber
Ray Teal as Sheriff Gus Kretzer
Iron Eyes Cody as Indian Copy Boy
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by superrfly 7 / 10

Overly bombastic performance by Kurk Douglas!

I still have to give this film a 7 out of 10 for the subject is a very important and timeless one, that of media manipulation. But the film is anything but subtle. I grant that this acting style of which I complain is very much of the period, but the declamatory nature of Tatum's character comes on way too strong, and makes what could have been a complex character into a very one dimensional one. The overall effect of this and the rest of the writing leaves one with the feeling of being bludgeoned, rather than being exposed to a very disturbing and pervasive phenomena. Could have been handled with more subtlety and delivered greater impact.

Reviewed by charlywiles 9 / 10

What good is a pair of deuces when you've got an ace in the hole.

The great director Billy Wilder scores again with this insightful, cynical and sardonic take on sensationalism in news reporting that was years ahead of its time. Kirk Douglas is excellent as the jaded reporter who is looking for his "turn at bat" and thinks he finds his meal ticket when a local yokel gets stuck in a tunnel inside an old Indian cliff dwelling and must be rescued. The human interest story soon creates a media circus with Douglas desperately trying to milk the story for all it is worth. The film is extremely well acted, with Jan Sterling as the victim's cold-hearted wife ("kneeling bags my nylons"), Porter Hall as the honest, small-town newspaper editor and Ray Teal as the opportunistic sheriff all standing out in support. This is a largely forgotten and neglected little gem that should not be missed.

Reviewed by HotToastyRag 10 / 10

A Movie That Really Matters

Billy Wilder, Lesser Samuels, and Walter Newman's screenplay was nominated during the 1952 Oscars, but no other element of Ace in the Hole was honored that year. For the life of me, I can't see how An American in Paris beat this masterpiece out of a golden statue.

Kirk Douglas plays a hotshot journalist who, due to his somewhat difficult personality, isn't working for a big newspaper anymore. The only job he can get is in the small town of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Kirk is desperate for a big story, and when Richard Benedict, a local townsman, gets trapped in an old coal mine, he decides to turn the accident to his advantage. Before long, other news outlets are jumping on the story and tourists are putting Albuquerque on the map.

Did you see All About Steve? Remember the second half of the film where Sandra Bullock gets trapped in the abandoned mine and all the newspeople exploit her situation for their own benefit? If you thought the social commentary aspect of that quirky comedy was interesting, you'll love Ace in the Hole. Granted, this movie is a heavy drama, so it's very different, but the story is one gigantic diatribe about people's selfish nature. Sometimes social commentary movies are tough to take because either the humor is distorted or the metaphors are too obvious, but Ace in the Hole nails it. This movie is fantastic, even though you'll probably feel like you need a shower afterwards.

Kirk Douglas gives a fantastic, multi-layered performance that's one of the best in his career. In my humble opinion-and this comes from decades of crushing on bad boys-no one makes anger look as good as Kirk Douglas. The sexual tension between him and Jan Sterling scorches off the screen. If you didn't think Kirk was a total hunk before, you absolutely will after watching this movie.

But enough about the eye candy. You've got plenty of other reasons to watch this film, and I recommend you do the next time you're in the mood for a movie that really matters.

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