It seems every movie that has a card game something associated with cards, the ace of spades is the card that is always the one that is turned over to either win the hand or break someone’s heart, depending on your point of view.
Why? I know its one of 4 high cards, but is it because the ace of spades usually has some artwork that makes the card stand out from all the others?
For example, in Maverick, Mel Gibson tosses the final card on the pile of child in the middle and it is the ace of spades, completing his Royal Flush. He would have also won if he flipped over the 9 of spades, since he would ha head a higher straight flush than the other player, but the ace is always more dramatic.
In a movie called Shade, Sylvester Stallone plays a card shark who made his legend in a shoot-out,mand the card that was splattered with blood was the ace of spades. At the end of the movie,Mehta card turns up as he gives it to the next guy that is coming along that Stallone looks at as the one that will ultimately take his place as the best card hustler.
In Rounders, the card worm had tattooed on his arm was the ace of spades. Also, I believe it was in the first hand that Damon lost at KGB’s, as one of the hole cards flipped for his full house, 9’s over aces. KGB had aces over 9’s to win the hand and all of Damon’s money. The last hand, when the Ace of spades is not even needed, it is prominently shown when flipped over by KGB. The card flipped over could have literally been any card, as it was not needed to make the best hand for Damon’s character. It is like there is a rule book about the last hand of cards in a movie must use the ace of spades in some way to tell the audience this card hand is a big deal, or the movie is over.
These are off the top of my head. I’m sure there are a dozen more that I could find with the ace of spades being shown prominently. I wish I could remember more just to strengthen my point.
Why is this card always used?
Is it because it’s the “death” card?, or is it because, as I mentioned earlier, it has the artwork from the manufacturer, or is there another reason? It’s become so cliche that it’s beyond formulaic. It’s one of those details you can always count on, and I wish they’d stop using it.