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Ace in the Hole

(DVD - 2007 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Ace in the Hole


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A cynical look at the seedy relationship between the media and the news it reports and the manner in which it reports it,. Chuck Tatum, a down-on-his-luck reporter who has been fired from eleven newspapers for offenses such as slander and adultery, takes a job with a small Albuquerque, New Mexico newspaper. Desperate for a scoop that will be his ticket back to a big-city newspaper, he happens upon the story of a lifetime--a local miner who gets stuck in a cave, a situation that Tatum not only exploits but actually manipulates in order to improve his career chances. Paramount Pictures changed the title to "The big carnival" just prior to its release in 1951.
Title: Ace in the hole
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: [Irvington, N.Y.] :, Criterion Collection,, c2007.
Edition: Special ed.
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (111 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Originally produced as a motion picture in 1951.
Series numbering from container spine.
Special features: Disc 1: audio commentary by film scholar Neil Sinyard; theatrical trailer ; Disc 2: Portrait of a "60% perfect man" : Billy Wilder, a 1980 documentary featuring in-depth interviews with Wilder by film critic Michel Ciment; a 1984 interview with Kirk Douglas; excerpts from a 1986 appearance by Wilder at the American Film Institute; excerpts from an audio interview with coscreenwriter Walter Newman; new video afterword by filmmaker Spike Lee; stills gallery; new essays by film critic Molly Haskell and filmmaker Guy Maddin.
Contents: Disc 1. The film
Disc 2. The supplements.
Summary: A cynical look at the seedy relationship between the media and the news it reports and the manner in which it reports it,. Chuck Tatum, a down-on-his-luck reporter who has been fired from eleven newspapers for offenses such as slander and adultery, takes a job with a small Albuquerque, New Mexico newspaper. Desperate for a scoop that will be his ticket back to a big-city newspaper, he happens upon the story of a lifetime--a local miner who gets stuck in a cave, a situation that Tatum not only exploits but actually manipulates in order to improve his career chances. Paramount Pictures changed the title to "The big carnival" just prior to its release in 1951.
Awards & Distinctions: National Board of Review Award for Best Actress (Sterling).
Additional Contributors: Wilder, Billy - 1906-2002.
Samuels, Lesser
Newman, Walter
Douglas, Kirk - 1916-
Sterling, Jan - 1923-2004.
Arthur, Robert - 1925-2008
Hall, Porter - 1888-1953.
Cady, Frank - 1915-2012
Benedict, Richard - 1916-1984.
Teal, Ray - 1902-1976.
Jaquet, Frank - 1885-1958
Paramount Pictures Corporation
ISBN: 1934121681
9781934121689
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Report This Nov 21, 2013
  • ser_library rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This movie is a template for what the media is doing (has done) to poor Rob Ford, Mayor of TO. It shows how the media victimizes a person to serve their objectives and make a few $$. If you miss the point, there is a real circus (a ferris wheel at least) to complement the press. The movie is a clear example of how we are so easily manipulated by the press. -- Rob Ford is a case in point.

Report This Aug 07, 2013
  • rslade rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Powerful story of ambition, and using people and situations to your own advantage. A missing classic.

Could this been the basis of, or influence on, the musical "Floyd Collins" of a few years back?

Report This Aug 08, 2012
  • kevfarley rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Kev's PICkS: ..after you've seen "Ace in the Hole" ,..check out "A Face in the Crowd". Its the 'prequil to Mad Men' !

Report This Aug 01, 2011
  • RichardPaul rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Ace in the Hole ---- FILM/DVD/VHS ---- written by Billy Wilder, Lesser Samuels, Walter Newman.----Performers: Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Bob Arthur, Porter Hall, Frank Cady, Richard Benedict, Ray Teal, Frank Jaquet. ---- A must see! I watched this show as a kid, then again a few months back. I laughed at most of it. ---- Enjoy!---- RichardPaul

Report This Nov 06, 2010
  • movie20 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Excellent drama.

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