Some Like It Hot (1959)

Some Like It Hot (1959)

Some Like It Hot (1959)

Billy Wilder's classic, wild comedy, stars Jack Lemmon as Jerry, and Tony Curtis as Joe, a pair of unemployed musicians who inadvertently become witnesses to the St. Valentine Day's Massacre. To escape the wrath of the gangsters, they are forced to hit the road in drag, taking the only jobs available with an all-girl band bound for Miami. En route, both men fall for lead singer and blond bombshell Sugar Kane, (Marilyn Monroe), but are unable to fulfil their desires for fear of revealing their identity. Joe tries to get around this by adopting a third identity for seduction, that of a shy millionaire. Meanwhile Jerry has his own problems, fighting off the advances of Osgood E. Fielding, a real millionaire hypnotized by his/her charms.

1959Rating: G119 minsUSA
ComedyClassic
Director:
Billy Wilder ('Double Indemnity', 'The Seven Year Itch', 'The Apartment')
Writer:
Billy WilderI.A.L. Diamond
Cast:
Marilyn MunroeJack LemmonTony CurtisGeorge Raft

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Some Like It Hot (1959) / Reviews

Variety

Variety

Directed in masterly style by Billy Wilder, is probably the funniest picture of recent memory. It's a whacky, clever, farcical comedy that starts off like a firecracker and keeps on throwing off lively sparks till the very end...

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

A joyful classic which delivers on comedic value no matter how many times you've seen it...

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BBC

BBC

Both Curtis and Lemmon display a real feeling for sexual ambiguity and full-blown silliness, while Marilyn provides a suitably contrasting innocence to the antics of the two rogues. Wilder presents all three with great comic scenes which soar on the back of originality and great timing and embrace both slapstick and super-sharp wit. The desert-island comedy bar none...

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