Ace in the Hole

Ace in the Hole

Criterion Collection Edition #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.

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Ace in the Hole
  • Ace in the Hole

    Directed by Billy Wilder • 1951 • United States
    Starring Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Bob Arthur

    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...

Extras

  • ACE IN THE HOLE Commentary

    Recorded in 2007, this commentary features film scholar Neil Sinyard, coauthor of Journey Down Sunset Boulevard: The Films of Billy Wilder.

  • Portrait of a “60% Perfect Man”: Billy Wilder

    This 1980 documentary, directed by Annie Tresgot, features filmmaker Billy Wilder in conversation with film critic Michel Ciment at Wilder’s office and Los Angeles homes. It also contains appearances by frequent Wilder collaborators Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon.

  • Billy Wilder at the American Film Institute

    In 1986, filmmaker Billy Wilder was interviewed by George Stevens Jr. at the American Film Institute. Presented here are excerpts from that discussion in which Wilder reflects on his fifty years in film.

  • Kirk Douglas on ACE IN THE HOLE

    Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas, whose work includes Academy Award–nominated turns in CHAMPION, THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, and LUST FOR LIFE, gave one of the grittiest and best performances of his career as Chuck Tatum in ACE IN THE HOLE. In this 1984 interview, conducted by Michael Thomas, he disc...

  • Walter Newman on ACE IN THE HOLE

    Walter Newman was working as a radio writer when director Billy Wilder enlisted him to help write a new screenplay. After working on the script for ACE IN THE HOLE, Newman went on to write screenplays for such films as THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM and CAT BALLOU. Excerpts from his 1970 audio inter...

  • Spike Lee Afterword to ACE IN THE HOLE