Some Like It Hot

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Overview

The launching pad for Billy Wilder's comedy classic was a rusty old German farce, Fanfares of Love, whose two main characters were male musicians so desperate to get a job that they disguise themselves as women and play with an all-girl band in gangster-dominated 1929 Chicago. In this version, musicians Joe Tony Curtis and Jerry Jack Lemmon lose their jobs when a speakeasy owned by mob boss Spats Columbo George Raft is raided by prohibition agent Mulligan Pat O'Brien. Several weeks later, on February 14th, Joe ...
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Overview

The launching pad for Billy Wilder's comedy classic was a rusty old German farce, Fanfares of Love, whose two main characters were male musicians so desperate to get a job that they disguise themselves as women and play with an all-girl band in gangster-dominated 1929 Chicago. In this version, musicians Joe Tony Curtis and Jerry Jack Lemmon lose their jobs when a speakeasy owned by mob boss Spats Columbo George Raft is raided by prohibition agent Mulligan Pat O'Brien. Several weeks later, on February 14th, Joe and Jerry get a job perfroming in Urbana and end up witnessing a gangland massacre in a parking garage. Fearing that they will be next on the mobsters' hit lists, Joe devises an ingenious plan for disguising their identities. Soon they are all dolled up and performing as Josephine and Daphne in Sweet Sue's all-girl orchestra. En route to Florida by train with Sweet Sue's band, the boys girls? make the acquaintance of Sue's lead singer Sugar Kane Marilyn Monroe, in what may be her best performance. Joe and Jerry immediately fall in love, though of course their new feminine identities prevent them from acting on their desires. Still, they are determined to woo her, and they enact an elaborate series of gender-bending ruses complicated by the fact that flirtatious millionaire Osgood Fielding Joe E. Brown has fallen in love with "Daphne." The plot gets even thicker when Spats Columbo and his boys show up in Florida. Nominated for several Oscars, Some Like It Hot ended up the biggest moneymaking comedy up to 1959. Full of hilarious set pieces and movie in-jokes, it has not tarnished with time and in fact seems to get better with each passing year, as its cross-dressing humor keeps it only more and more up-to-date.
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Special Features

Audio commentary featuring an interview with Tony Curtis, archived interview with Jack Lemmon and commentary by Paul Diamond (son of I.A.L. Diamond) and screenwriters Lowell Ganz & Babaloo Mandel ; The making of Some Like It Hot ; The legacy of Some Like It Hot ; Nostalgic look back documentary ; Memories from the Sweet Sues featurette; Virtual hall of memories ; Original theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
Billy Wilder's legendary cross-dressing comedy, Some Like It Hot, satisfies on split levels: silly and sophisticated, sweet and salacious, feminine and masculine -- often, all of these at once. Set in 1929, the film costars Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis as a pair of down-and-out Chicago musicians trying to escape the wrath of vicious gangsters. Posing as women, they sign on for an all-girl gig in Florida, where they both fall for the act's sexy lounge singer, Sugar Kane Marilyn Monroe. Lemmon's classic observation about Monroe, that she moves "like Jell-O on springs," is just the tip of the iceberg here. Some Like It Hot's snappy, sexually charged dialogue never lets up. But the movie’s more than just talk: Wilder displays storytelling virtuosity, unfolding his madcap tale at a giddy pace through a series of endless twists and turns. Yet, through it all, the characters and situations are realized with a clarity on the order of a Shakespearean comedy. Some deliberate male-female stereotyping early on yields quickly to subtle, urbane explorations of sexuality and sexual roles. Lemmon and Curtis prove to be perfect matches for this material, sliding in and out of drag and female personae with ease, with Curtis indulging in a sly Cary Grant caricature to boot. Monroe, meanwhile, is at her most vulnerable and voluptuous, serving as the explosive catalyst in one of the screen's greatest love triangles. Add to this Monroe's breathy renditions of "I'm Through with Love" and "I Wanna be Loved by You," and it's easy to see why Some Like It Hot is one of the most beloved comedies ever to come out of Hollywood. They don't make them better than this.
All Movie Guide
Possibly the best cross-dressing film of all time, Some Like It Hot is a testament to both the humor of hairy men in heels and Billy Wilder's ability to stretch a one-joke premise into a two-hour film. Still hilarious after all these years, Some Like It Hot was remarkably ahead of its time, providing both timeless laughs and sly gender commentary. The film also stands out as a classic example of the heights to which all-out farce can aspire, achieving an uncontrived giddiness through both plot manipulation and the finely tuned work of its performers. As the film's reluctantly dragged-up musicians, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis give almost flawless fish-out-of-water performances. Their frustrated befuddlement when confronted with the terrors of walking in heels or adjusting fake breasts still feels fresh and unforced, unlike the self-conscious posturing of other actors in subsequent drag films. As the aptly named Sugar Kane, Marilyn Monroe is at her bubble-headed, sexy best, her voluptuous sensuality providing a perfect foil for Lemmon and Curtis. One of Wilder's best films, Some Like It Hot retains its intergenerational appeal, proving that under the frothy icing of 1950s sex comedies lurked some very dense cake. Some Like It Hot remains one of the few films that can still make drag seem a novel and innovative subject.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/10/2011
  • UPC: 883904233398
  • Original Release: 1959
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  • Source: 20Th Century Fox
  • Region Code: A
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled / Pan & Scan
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 2:01:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 12,326

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marilyn Monroe Sugar Kane
Tony Curtis Joe/Josephine
Jack Lemmon Jerry/Daphne
George Raft Spats Columbo
Pat O'Brien Mulligan
Joe E. Brown Osgood E. Fielding III
Nehemiah Persoff Little Bonaparte
Joan Shawlee Sweet Sue
Billy Gray Sig Poliakoff
George E. Stone Toothpick Charlie
Dave Barry Beinstock
Harry Wilson Spats's Henchman
Beverly Wills Dolores
Edward G. Robinson Jr. Johnny Paradise
John Indrisano Waiter
Tom Kennedy Bouncer
Grace Lee Whitney
Mike Mazurki Spats' Henchman
Marian Collier Olga
Technical Credits
Billy Wilder Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Edward Boyle Set Decoration/Design
Adolph Deutsch Score Composer
I.A.L. Diamond Associate Producer, Screenwriter
Doane Harrison Associate Producer
Edward S. Haworth Art Director
Charles B. Lang Cinematographer
Fred Lau Sound/Sound Designer
Emile LaVigne Makeup
Sam Nelson Asst. Director
Orry-Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Milt Rice Costumes/Costume Designer, Special Effects
Arthur P. Schmidt Editor
Allen K. Wood Production Manager
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    My All time favorite movie

    If you havent seen this movie, you should. I have a goofy sense of humor I know but there are people like me out there that would find this movie hysterical even today. My favorite part is when Lemmon is on the bed playing with his maraccas. Now Ive got you curious....lol.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    "Well, Nobody's Perfect." But this film is.

    My favorite Marilyn Monroe movie to date, this is full of laughs, and it has some pretty suspensful parts in it when Spatz and his gang are at it. One thing to keep in mind-1929. Alcohol was illegal. Marilyn was pregnant when she started filming and was putting on weight, and so publicity shots were done by one of the Sweet Sue band girls with marilyn's face. The thought they would try Mitzi Gaynor as Sugar Cane and the studio wanted Frank Sinatra for Jerry/Daphne as a name. Mitzi wouldn't have been and airhead funny, and Frank stood Billy Wilder up. What a stupid mistake he made. But Billy wanted Jack, and thank God he won, because he creates the laughs the most. Tony Curtis, Jaime Lee's dad, sounds like an ego-filled jerk in the commentary, but if you can get over that, some of the stuff in there is good too. I wanna be loved by you will be stuck in your head with "boop boop ee doop" not far behind. I'm through with Love is a beautiful song sung beautifully by Ms. Monroe, who was NOT dubbed. Perfection from Billy.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great Movie, A Classic

    I've loved this movie for years and was so exicted to buy it in the collector's edition. The movie is hilarious, and Monroe, Curtis, and Lemon are great it in. One my favorite movies.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Zowie!

    This movie is awesome. If you like old movies. And if you like Marilyn Monroe. But I'm guessing if you're looking at it, you are. I think this is a really good mix of plot and characters and actors and cinematography. Marilyn is, of course, a-freakin-dorable and lovable and soft. Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon are hilarious as men pretending to be women but trying not to lose their man-stincts. Throw in some classic gangsters, a tiny creepy bellboy, a strikingly forward millionaire, and hey, you've got a lot of laughs coming!<BR/><BR/>Best viewed with a Mai Tai.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    its the best!

    Oh my god some like it hot from 1959 is a great romantic comedy 2 guys go in drag and may i say that marlyin monore is a hottie in this film one of the best old movies and its in black and white with the actor tony curtis from sparagus ms. Monore is beautiful as the sexy charcter sugar i love when she sings that song threw with love is a beautiful song i know the lyrics to it i love some like it hot from 1959!! its the very best!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "Who's the lucky girl?"

    "Some Like it Hot" is one of Hollywood's truly great comedies. It features sparkling, high-energy comic performances by Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, and Joe E. Brown a dazzling array of lead and secondary characters, all with quirky, aggressive personalities hilarious, furious, and often sexy interplay among those characters an enlightened ahead-of-its-time sexual-identity theme, frenetic pacing and a script by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond that is consistently clever, daring, and provocative, straddling the boundaries of bad taste. It would not be an overstatement to call "Some Like it Hot" a comic masterpiece. It has the classic comic plot of disguise, deception, and intrigue where a single complication generates a series of subplots the way a single pebble creates concrete ripples in a pool. "Some Like it Hot" also possesses a quality found in the best comedies-a sense of humanity and an attitude of compassion for the lunatics and lovers who play the fool for our sake. Humanity is the last feature one could associate with a film about two musicians who witness a Chicago gangland slaying, disguise themselves as women, and join an all-girl band en route to Palm Beach. It may sound even more ironic to assert that Wilder achieves this sense of humanity through parody yet he does. Wilder reduces his characters to their parodistic core-to their cartoon selves. A typical satirist would stop there-with a caricature but Wilder puts flesh on their skeletal frames-human flesh. Now the characters are laughable-not as caricatures or stereotypes, but as clowns. One laughs at stereotypes because they are exaggerations of the real it is safe to laugh at them because they are dehumanized, and we are not they are mechanical, but we have free will. One does not laugh at a clown one laughs at his "antics". Ironically, Joe and Jerry as Josephine and Daphne virtually become the parts they play or, more accurately, free the female sides of their personalities, as would Dustin Hoffman years later in "Tootsie" (1982). "Some Like it Hot" is the first picture to subvert traditional sexual stereotyping since 1935's "Sylvia Scarlett", in which Katharine Hepburn poses as a young boy so she can have the opportunities in a male-dominated world. Its theme is that when a person lives as the other sex, he/she has the opportunity to explore previously latent aspects of his/her personality. "Josephine" and "Daphne" are not the alter egos of Joe and Jerry, but their female sides, positive extensions of these men who needed improvement. "Some Like it Hot" was a huge success, grossing $14 million by 1962. It had cost nearly $3 million to film, and some said a million dollars of that amount was directly attributed to Monroe, but the profits were there and because she was a partner in the venture through her company: Marilyn Monroe Productions, Inc., Marilyn earned $3 million herself. Several years later Billy told a British journalist that he wanted to use Monroe for "Irma La Douce", even though he swore he'd never work with her again after all the trouble she'd been making "Some Like it Hot". He commented: "Marilyn is very talented and a huge box office star. And that's what matters. After all, if her picture is playing and a man tells his wife, 'There's a Monroe picture showing,' the wife doesn't turn around and say, 'We don't want to see HER--she's always fighting with her directors.' They go to see her, and that's why I want her." [filmfactsman]

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hysterical and Brilliant

    Some Like it Hot is on a cloud by itself in the heaven of classic comedy. All facets are sheer brilliance, from Marilyn's innocent dumb blonde act to Jack Lemmon's face at the end of the movie. It has the single FUNNIEST final line of any film ever. It would take someone with absolutely NO sense of humor to NOT love this movie! And Tony Curtis has Cary Grant down pat...If you need some joy in your day, watch this film because you can't help but feel happier afterward.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The most SEXUALLY provacative film of the 2Oth Century

    A film that pushed the envelope, when other films were still in fear. It also dares to ask the question ' Does love really have a gender?' Also features the most famous gay joke in movie history. Over all its a fabulous film which pulled the envelope.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    HOT! HOT! HOT!

    Some like it hot is my favorite 50's comedy ever!Im only 13 years old.Marilyn is at her best with Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Marilyn proves :It takes smarts to play dumb

    If you are one of those people who's always thought that Marilyn Monroe was just a dumb pretty blonde with no talent, watch this movie --- it'll change your opinion. Monroe was the master of creating the illusion of the quintessential ''dumb blonde'' (such as her portrayal of Sugar Kane) It's so convincing, it's brilliant!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Greatest Comedy ever made.

    This movie is a real big hit. Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon play their parts great. So do do Joe E. Brown, George Raft, Pat O'Brien, and Joan Shawlee. The movie is about two chicago musicians who dress up as women because they see a murder and join a girls band to try to get away. The famous movie critic Leonard Maltin says ''Some Like It Hot is lengendary, and sensational from start to finish!'' **** The movie is 2 hours and 2 minutes. The year was 1959. Enjoy this movie.

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