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Ace in the Hole

Director: Billy Wilder Run Time: 111 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 1951

Starring: Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Porter Hall, Bob Arthur, Richard Benedict, Frank Cady

Kirk Douglas is a cynical, disgraced reporter who stops at nothing to try to regain a job on a major newspaper in Billy Wilder’s ACE IN THE HOLE.

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. -Criterion