Ace in the Hole (Billy Wilder, USA, 1951)

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As a diatribe against all that is worst in human nature, it has moments dipped in pure vitriol.
— Time Out New York

Kirk Douglas is terrific as a washed-up hack who exploits the story of a man trapped in a cave for own careerist ends. Billy Wilder takes a scathing view of the media circus that feels as spot-on now as it did in the early 50s.