Ace In The Hole – Criterion [DVD] (1951) *NEW*

Ace In The Hole – Criterion [DVD] (1951) *NEW*


One of the most scathing indictments of American culture ever produced by a Hollywood filmmaker, Academy Award-winner Billy Wilder’s Ace in the Hole is legendary for both its cutting social critique and its status as a hard-to-find cult classic. Kirk Douglas gives the fiercest performance of his career as Chuck Tatum, an amoral newspaper reporter caught in dead-end Albuquerque who happens upon the story of a lifetime-and will do anything to ensure he gets the scoop. Wilder’s follow-up to Sunset Boulevard is an even darker vision, a no-holds-barred expose that anticipated the rise of the American media circus.

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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.
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Ace in the Hole
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Directed by Billy Wilder
Produced by Billy Wilder
Screenplay by Walter Newman
Lesser Samuels
Billy Wilder
Story by Victor Desny
Starring Kirk Douglas
Music by Hugo Friedhofer
Cinematography Charles Lang
Edited by Arthur P. Schmidt
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • June 14, 1951
Running time
111 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1.8 million
Box office $1.3 million (rentals)

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Weight 0.3 lbs
Dimensions 5.3 × 0.5 × 7.3 in


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