Ace in the Hole Synopsis
A New York newsman (Kirk Douglas) in New Mexico delays a cave-in victim's rescue to milk the story.
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TV Guide

A searing example of writer-director Billy Wilder at his most brilliantly misanthropic. An uncompromising portrait of human nature at its...
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100

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
It's dark, funny, ferocious, and vintage Wilder all the way.
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80

The New York Times

By A.O. Scott
Ace in the Hole is an acquired taste -- and an unforgettable one.
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80

Variety

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Billy Wilder's direction captures the feel of morbid expectancy that always comes out in the curious that flock to scenes of tragedy.
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50

Village Voice

By J. Hoberman
Ace in the Hole is a movie about the fascination of disaster that is itself a fascinating disaster.
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40

Film Threat

By Phil Hall
So ham-handed and relentlessly overbaked that it is easy to see why audiences initially stayed away from it. Just when and how did anyone...
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ACE IN THE HOLE ~ Another Wilder Winner

By lugubriousthespian
Billy Wilder's ACE IN THE HOLE (aka THE BIG CARNIVAL) is a simmering, hard-edged account of what happens when the media gets involved with a nationally exposed human interest story and all the...