I hope I am not the only one excited by this DVD release (July 17) of Wilder’s Ace in the Hole. If you haven’t seen this you should, it’s one eerily prescient sumbitch. Vaguely based on the same true story of trapped caver Floyd Collins, that Robert Penn Warren used in his book the Cave. Wilder & the film’s writers mine (pardon the pun) the business of cutthroat cause celeb/media feeding frenzy, which in the 50s was just an ember of what we have today. Watching it gives me the same cold feeling in my stomach that I get whenever I put Chayefsky’s Network on the box.

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