A frustrated former big-city journalist now stuck working for an Albuquerque newspaper exploits a story about a man trapped in a cave to rekindle his career, but the situation quickly escalates into an out-of-control circus.
Charles Tatum, a down-on-his-luck reporter, takes a job with a small New Mexico newspaper. The job is pretty boring until he finds a man trapped in an old Indian dwelling. He jumps at the chance to make a name for himself by taking over and prolonging the rescue effort, and feeding stories to major newspapers. He creates a national media sensation and milks it for all it is worth - until things go terribly wrong.Written by
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The original poster art, which was also used in DVD and blu-ray releases, shows the film's star Kirk Douglas crawling in the cave with an anxious, wide-eyed expression, and gave the impression that he was the one who was trapped. This clever gimmick worked in two ways: First, it gave the first-time viewers the misleading idea that it was the film's lead character who was in a dangerous situation (which, although not true, was good for the box office). Second, it was even true in a metaphorical way, it symbolized him trying to get out of the dull small town where he was unwillingly stuck for years. See more »
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I still have to give this film a 7 out of 10 for the subject is a very important and timeless one, that of media manipulation. But the film is anything but subtle. I grant that this acting style of which I complain is very much of the period, but the declamatory nature of Tatum's character comes on way too strong, and makes what could have been a complex character into a very one dimensional one. The overall effect of this and the rest of the writing leaves one with the feeling of being bludgeoned, rather than being exposed to a very disturbing and pervasive phenomena. Could have been handled with more subtlety and delivered greater impact.
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