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Ace in the Hole (DVD)

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Billy Wilder, even before the deeply cynical ACE IN THE HOLE, was well-known as one of American film's best satirists. He earned his reputation with SUNSET BOULEVARD and THE APARTMENT, but in ACE IN THE HOLE, one of his personal favorites of his many f...

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Billy Wilder, even before the deeply cynical ACE IN THE HOLE, was well-known as one of American film's best satirists. He earned his reputation with SUNSET BOULEVARD and THE APARTMENT, but in ACE IN THE HOLE, one of his personal favorites of his many films, he failed at the box office. The film, although one of the most trenchant, insightful looks at the American newspaper business, became one of the director's least known works. Kirk Douglas stars as Charles Tatum, a hard-drinking dishonest newsman who's been fired from several big-city papers and winds up, much to his chagrin, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. When he stumbles upon a small story, he decides to manipulate it into a big national media event. After Leo Minosa (Richard Benedict), the owner of a curio shop, is trapped underground digging at an Indian cliff dwelling, Tatum arranges with a corrupt sheriff and a greedy contractor to intentionally delay the rescue for days while he builds the story--and his exclusive rights to it--into a frenzy of activity. He is aided by Lorraine Minosa (Jan Sterling), the bitter wife of the trapped man. All this was, at the time, too much for both critics and audiences, but Wilder's direction, a taut, biting script, and a great performance by Douglas make this an undeservedly overlooked part of Billy Wilder's career.

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Dimensions 7.5x5.3x0.6
UPC 715515024723
Studio Criterion
Format DVD
Genre Drama
Rating Unrated
Dimensions 5.75" x 0.53" x 7.75" WxHxD
Weight 0.25 lbs
Starring Robert Arthur, Richard Benedict, Lewis Martin, Kirk Douglas, Porter Hall, Jan Sterling, Ray Teal
Directors Billy Wilder

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  • Great film, hard to find!

    This is a story directed by Billy Wilder that shows the cynicism of the public and press and the lengths they will go to in order to get public attention. I had been looking for this film for a while, and other sites are much more expensive.

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