Inspired by the real-life Floyd Collins cave-in disaster of the 1920s, ACE IN THE HOLE is a searing example of writer-director Billy Wilder at his most brilliantly misanthropic. An uncompromising portrait of human nature at its worst, the film was so far ahead of its time in its depiction
of a media circus and the public's appetite for tragedy that it was a commercial disaster when first released, but now stands as one of the great American films of the 1950s.
After being fired from a number of big city newspapers, alcoholic reporter Chuck Tatum (Kirk Douglas) takes a job working for a paper in Albuquerque, New Mexico. On the way to cover a rattlesnake hunt, Tat...