Ace in the Hole Ace in the Hole

Ace in the Hole

Billy Wilder

 
Ace in the Hole (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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  • United States
  • 1951
  • 111 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
  •  
  • Spine #396

Billy Wilder’s Ace in the Hole is one of the most scathing indictments of American culture ever produced by a Hollywood filmmaker. Kirk Douglas gives the fiercest performance of his career as Chuck Tatum, an amoral newspaper reporter who washes up in dead-end Albuquerque, happens upon the scoop of a lifetime, and will do anything to keep getting the lurid headlines. Wilder’s follow-up to Sunset Boulevard is an even darker vision, a no-holds-barred exposé of the American media’s appetite for sensation that has gotten only more relevant with time.

Cast

Chuck TatumKirk Douglas
Lorraine MinosaJan Sterling
Herbie Cook Bob Arthur
Jacob Q. Boot Porter Hall
Mr. Federber Frank Cady
Leo MinosaRichard Benedict
Sheriff Kretzer Ray Teal
SmollettFrank Jaquet

Credits

DirectorBilly Wilder
Produced byBilly Wilder
Written byBilly Wilder, Lesser Samuels and Walter Newman
Associate producerWilliam Schorr
Director of photographyCharles B. Lang and Jr.
Editorial supervisionDoane Harrison
Music score byHugo Friedhofer
Art directionHal Pereira and Earl Hedrick
Edited byArthur Schmidt
CostumesEdith Head

Disc Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary by film scholar Neil Sinyard
  • Portrait of a “60% Perfect Man”: Billy Wilder, a 1980 documentary featuring interviews with Wilder by film critic Michel Ciment
  • Interview with actor Kirk Douglas from 1984
  • Excerpts from a 1986 appearance by Wilder at the American Film Institute
  • Audio excerpts from an interview with Wilder’s coscreenwriter Walter Newman
  • Video afterword by filmmaker Spike Lee
  • Stills gallery
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: Essays by critic Molly Haskell and filmmaker Guy Maddin

    New cover by F. Ron Miller

Film Essays

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Ace in the Hole: Chin Up for Mother

By Guy Maddin May 05, 2014

Whether he’s serving up a snarl or a smile, it’s tough not to swoon over manly Kirk Douglas as one of Billy Wilder’s most cynical creations. Read more »


Film Essays

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Ace in the Hole: Noir in Broad Daylight

By Molly Haskell May 05, 2014

Hard-boiled Hollywood movies don’t get much more deceptively sunny than Billy Wilder’s one-way trip to Albuquerque. Read more »

Features

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Dark Passages: Fatal Women and the Fate of Women

By Imogen Sara Smith July 31, 2017

What is the defining characteristic of the femme fatale? Critic Imogen Sara Smith explores the range of this film noir archetype through a handful of classic performances. Read more »


Video


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Repertory Pick: Wilder in Wisconsin

October 06, 2016

This week, the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Cinematheque will screen Billy Wilder’s 1951 film Ace in the Hole as part of a celebration of Kirk Douglas’s centennial. Based on real-life . . . Read more »


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Did You See This?

June 03, 2016

For the Edition, the online publication of the Metrograph theater, which is currently hosting a Brian De Palma retrospective, novelist Megan Abbott writes about the films that actor Nancy Allen . . . Read more »


Photo Galleries


Interviews


Film Essays

Current_1078_034_lo_thumbnail

Ace in the Hole: Chin Up for Mother

By Guy Maddin May 05, 2014

Whether he’s serving up a snarl or a smile, it’s tough not to swoon over manly Kirk Douglas as one of Billy Wilder’s most cynical creations. Read more »


Film Essays

Current_1078_043_thumbnail

Ace in the Hole: Noir in Broad Daylight

By Molly Haskell May 05, 2014

Hard-boiled Hollywood movies don’t get much more deceptively sunny than Billy Wilder’s one-way trip to Albuquerque. Read more »


Photo Galleries


Clippings

Good News for Bad News

May 11, 2009

“It’s taken more than fifty years, but the world has finally caught up with [the] dark and cynical vision” of Billy Wilder’s chillingly black satire of the fourth estate, Ace in the Hole, A. O. . . . Read more »

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