Rent Ace in the Hole (1951)

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1h 51min
Rent Ace in the Hole (aka The Big Carnival) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
In one of the most powerhouse performances in American screen-acting, the great Kirk Douglas stars as Chuck Tatum, a newspaper reporter who stumbles upon a potentially career-making story in Albuquerque, New Mexico. When Tatum begins to influence the story's outcome, a descent begins that finds more than one man caught between a rock and a hard place. An electric narrative that stands as one of Wilder's tautest and most (melo)dramatic plots (penned with Lesser Samuels and Walter Newman), 'Ace in the Hole' plays today as both a prescient examination of the modern media landscape, and the public appetite for the disastrous news-story that leads to toxic wish-fulfillment.
Actors:
, , , , , , , , , Frances Dominguez, , , , Bob Bumpas, , , , Oscar Belinda, Martin Bendleton,
Directors:
Producers:
Billy Wilder
Writers:
Billy Wilder, Lesser Samuels
Others:
Walter Newman, Hugo Friedhofer
Aka:
The Big Carnival
Studio:
Eureka
Genres:
Classics, Drama
Awards:

1951 Venice Film Festival Best Score

BBFC:
Release Date:
05/05/2014
Run Time:
111 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.37:1
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • New and Exclusive Video Interview with Film Scholar Neil Sinyard
  • Portrait of a "60% Perfect" Man: Billy Wilder, a Film by Annie Tresgot and Michel Ciment (direction: Annie Tresgot - interview: Michel Ciment), a 59-minute 1980 documentary discussion with Billy Wilder
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
Disc 1:
This disc includes the main feature
Disc 2:
Includes special features
BBFC:
Release Date:
05/05/2014
Run Time:
111 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.37:1
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • New and Exclusive Video Interview with Film Scholar Neil Sinyard
  • Portrait of a "60% Perfect" Man: Billy Wilder, a Film by Annie Tresgot and Michel Ciment (direction: Annie Tresgot - interview: Michel Ciment), a 59-minute 1980 documentary discussion with Billy Wilder
  • Original Theatrical Trailer

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Reviews (1) of Ace in the Hole

The Big Carnival - Ace in the Hole review by PhilipC

Spoiler Alert
18/04/2020

Kirk Douglas is excellent as the cynical reporter, manipulating events and people to get his big story. It is a tragic story, and no-one comes out well, but it grips and appals you all at the same time. The Big Carnival was an alternative title when they tried to re-release it after an initial flop, but it is definitely worth a watch.

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