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Ace in the Hole (Criterion Collection) back to product details

TOUGH ONE TO WATCH
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written by EDriscoll July 10, 2008 - 11:10 AM PDT
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
This film is not for sissies. This doesn't mean you should'nt see it. Kirk Douglas puts in a fine performance of a down at the heels alcoholic, whose career has descended to having to take a job at a small town newspaper reporter to make ends meet.
***SPOILER ALERT*** Sent by his editor on a mundane assignment, he sees his chance to make it big by covering a mine accident where a man is pinned down by timber in a remote section of the mine. Instead of helping get the man out quickly. he contrives to delay it by insisting on drilling from the top of the mine.
People come from all over to watch the rescue attempt. The area becomes a circus of national reporters,curious public and hucksters.While pretending to give the mine victim courage, he has delayed his rescue, and ultimately, caused the man's death through the delay.
Too late, he realizes that his drive to make a name for himself and get his old job back on the New york Times has resulted in the death of another human being.

3 Things
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written by randomcha January 15, 2008 - 2:38 PM PST
2 out of 4 members found this review helpful
1. Kirk Douglas lighting a match using the return carriage of a typewriter.
2. Jan Sterling leaning in for a kiss. Kirk Douglas grabs her by her hair: extreme closeup, fade to black.
3. The teletype machine: the size of a small refrigerator.

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