Thursday, January 6, 2011


4 out of 5. Billy Wilder is one of the few directors whose work always has strong characterization and fresh-sounding dialogue an ACE IN THE HOLE is no different. This is a rare treat as Kirk Douglas eats up the scenery with his loud and boisterous unlikeable charm. He plays a real man's man reporter who has the world on a dangerous tether that's pulled tight to the point of snapping. There's a great undercurrent of America's love of sensationalism and his character serves it up with brace of hard liquor. There were two very surprising moments. A real joy watch. If you liked Sunset Boulevard I have no doubt you will enjoy this.


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