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Release Date: June 29th, 1951

DVD Release Date: July 17th, 2007

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 52 min

Plot Summary
With flaws that outweigh his talent, reporter Chuck Tatum (Kirk Douglas) has bounced across the country from job to job. Winding up in New Mexico, Tatum gets work from the local newspaper, but finds that there's not much in the way of pressing news. However, when Tatum catches wind of a treasure hunter (Richard Benedict) trapped in a mineshaft, he turns the story into a media sensation. Soon Tatum is using unscrupulous tactics to draw out the situation, an approach that comes back to haunt him.

Cast: Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Porter Hall, Robert Arthur, Frank Cady, Richard Benedict, Ray Teal, Gene Evans

Director: Billy Wilder

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Paramount Pictures

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Temptation, Rescue, 1950s, Engaging, Wife, Dark

Ratings & Reviews

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  • It's dark, funny, ferocious, and vintage Wilder all the way. show more

  • A searing example of writer-director Billy Wilder at his most brilliantly misanthropic. An uncompromising portrait of human nature at its worst, the film was so far ahead of its time in its depiction of a media circus and the public's appetite for tragedy that it was a commercial disaster when first released, but now stands as one of the great American films of the 1950s. show more

  • 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 come to see this as a classic? show more

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