• Some Like It Hot (1959)

Some Like It Hot

Release Date: July 29th, 1959

DVD Release Date: May 22nd, 2001

Not Yet Rated |2 hr 0 min

Plot Summary

After witnessing a Mafia murder, slick saxophone player Joe (Tony Curtis) and his long-suffering buddy, Jerry (Jack Lemmon), improvise a quick plan to escape from Chicago with their lives. Disguising themselves as women, they join an all-female jazz band and hop a train bound for sunny Florida. While Joe pretends to be a millionaire to win the band's sexy singer, Sugar (Marilyn Monroe), Jerry finds himself pursued by a real millionaire (Joe E. Brown) as things heat up and the mobsters close in.

Cast: Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Marilyn Monroe, George Raft, Pat O'Brien, Joe E. Brown, Nehemiah Persoff, Joan Shawlee

Director: Billy Wilder

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: United Artists, Ashton Productions, Mirisch Company

Distributors: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Keywords: Friend , Escape , Transformation , Hotel , Love , Deception , Playful , Friendship , Hilarious

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Some Like It Hot is another supersonic, breakneck, belly-laugh comedy that should be a block-busting bonanza at the box office. It should be a proof that when the making of pictures is taken out of the bands of men-of-measured-merriment and handed over to men whose only purpose is to create amusement, they are still the world's best means of entertainment. Billy Wilder, who produced, directed and wrote the screenplay, with I.A.L. Diamond, was on the front burner all the way. show more

  • 88
    Chris CabinSlant Magazine

    Magnificently paced and terrifically funny at nearly every turn, Some Like It Hot was imbued with an inherent distrust of capitalism and big business that Wilder regularly expressed in an only slightly covert manner. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Wilder's 1959 comedy is one of the enduring treasures of the movies, a film of inspiration and meticulous craft, a movie that's about nothing but sex and yet pretends it's about crime and greed. show more

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Nominated Film and British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1960)
Nominated Directing
Winner Actress in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy
Nominated Writing (Screenplay - Based on Material From Another Medium)
Winner Costume Design (Black-and-White)
Winner Picture - Comedy
Nominated Cinematography (Black-and-White)
Nominated Art Direction (Black-and-White)