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Ace in the Hole

Spine #396

Jul 17, 2007

Number of Discs: 1

  • 1.33:1 Standard
  • English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
  • English subtitles

Ace in the Hole

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Directed By: Billy Wilder
Starring: Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling
Licensor: Paramount Home Entertainment

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One of the most scathing indictments of American culture ever produced by a Hollywood filmmaker, 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 exposé that anticipated the rise of the American media circus.

  • Audio commentary by film scholar Neil Sinyard
  • Portrait of a "60% Perfect Man": Billy Wilder, a 1980 documentary featuring in-depth interviews with Wilder by film critic Michel Ciment
  • A 1984 interview with Kirk Douglas by filmmaker and film scholar Michael Thomas
  • Excerpts from a 1986 appearance by Wilder at the American Film Institute
  • Excerpts from an audio interview with coscreenwriter Walter Newman
  • New video afterword by filmmaker Spike Lee
  • Stills gallery
  • Theatrical trailer


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