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Some Like It Hot -- This hysterical comedy from director Billy Wilder finds Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon on the lam after witnessing a mob hit.  They join an all-girl jazz band and masquerade as women in order to elude the Chicago mobsters, and befriending a beautiful singer (Marilyn Monroe) and a wealthy business magnate.
Some Like It Hot -- Trailer for the classic comedy Some Like It Hot, starring Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, and Marilyn Monroe
Some Like It Hot -- Clip: Beach
Some Like It Hot -- Daphne's plan to seduce Sugar Cane is foiled when all the girls join the party.
Some Like It Hot -- Joe, disguised as Junior, leads Sugar into believing that he's a single millionaire with a yacht.

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Director:
Writers:
Billy Wilder (screenplay) and
I.A.L. Diamond (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
29 March 1959 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The movie too HOT for words! See more »
Plot:
When two musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all female band disguised as women, but further complications set in. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 13 wins & 9 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
As hot as it gets See more (338 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Marilyn Monroe ... Sugar Kane Kowalczyk

Tony Curtis ... Joe

Jack Lemmon ... Jerry

George Raft ... Spats Colombo

Pat O'Brien ... Det. Mulligan

Joe E. Brown ... Osgood Fielding III

Nehemiah Persoff ... Little Bonaparte
Joan Shawlee ... Sweet Sue
Billy Gray ... Sig Poliakoff

George E. Stone ... Toothpick Charlie
Dave Barry ... Beinstock

Mike Mazurki ... Spats' Henchman
Harry Wilson ... Spats' Henchman
Beverly Wills ... Dolores
Barbara Drew ... Nellie
Edward G. Robinson Jr. ... Johnny Paradise
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sam Bagley ... Extra (uncredited)
Brandon Beach ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Al Breneman ... Bellhop (uncredited)
Ted Christy ... Small Role (uncredited)

Marian Collier ... Olga (uncredited)
Pat Comiskey ... Spats' Henchman (uncredited)
James Dime ... Gangster Convention Greeter (uncredited)
Joan Fields ... Band Member (uncredited)
Duke Fishman ... Gangster at Convention (uncredited)
Mary Foley ... Band Member (uncredited)
Paul Frees ... Funeral Director / Speakeasy Waiter (voice) (uncredited)
Jack Gordon ... Gangster with Charlie (uncredited)

Joe Gray ... Mobster at Banquet (uncredited)
Harold 'Tommy' Hart ... Official #2 (uncredited)
Ted Hook ... Official #1 (uncredited)
John Indrisano ... Waiter (uncredited)
Tom Kennedy ... Bouncer (uncredited)
George Lake ... Small Role (uncredited)
John Logan ... Small Role (uncredited)
Tiger Joe Marsh ... Small Role (uncredited)
Jack Mather ... Small Role (uncredited)
Tipp McClure ... Spats' Henchman (uncredited)
Penny McGuiggan ... Trumpet Player (uncredited)
Laurie Mitchell ... Small Role (uncredited)
Colleen O'Sullivan ... Band Member (uncredited)
Joe Palma ... Small Role (uncredited)
Helen Perry ... Rosella (uncredited)
Danny Richards Jr. ... Fresh Bellboy (uncredited)
Scott Seaton ... Old Man (uncredited)
Fred Sherman ... Drunk (uncredited)
Carl Sklover ... Small Role (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Speakeasy Patron (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Speakeasy Patron (uncredited)
Ralph Volkie ... Small Role (uncredited)
Tito Vuolo ... Mozzarella (uncredited)
Sandra Warner ... Emily (uncredited)
Billy Wayne ... Small Role (uncredited)

Grace Lee Whitney ... Band Member (uncredited)

Directed by
Billy Wilder 
 
Writing credits
Billy Wilder (screenplay) and
I.A.L. Diamond (screenplay)

Robert Thoeren (suggested by a story by) (as R. Thoeren) and
Michael Logan (suggested by a story by) (as M. Logan)

Produced by
I.A.L. Diamond .... associate producer
Doane Harrison .... associate producer
Billy Wilder .... producer
 
Original Music by
Adolph Deutsch (background score)
 
Cinematography by
Charles Lang (director of photography) (as Charles Lang Jr.)
 
Film Editing by
Arthur P. Schmidt (film editor)
 
Casting by
Phil Benjamin (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Ted Haworth 
 
Set Decoration by
Edward G. Boyle 
 
Makeup Department
Agnes Flanagan .... hair stylist
Emile LaVigne .... makeup artist
Alice Monte .... hair stylist
Allan Snyder .... makeup artist: Miss Monroe (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Allen K. Wood .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sam Nelson .... assistant director
Hal W. Polaire .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Tom Plews .... property
 
Sound Department
Fred Lau .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Milt Rice .... special effects
Daniel Hays .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Paul Baxley .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Paul Baxley .... stunts (uncredited)
Polly Burson .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Gray .... stunts (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunt driver (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bernie Abramson .... still photographer (uncredited)
Floyd McCarty .... still photographer (uncredited)
Phil Stern .... still photographer (uncredited)
Don Stott .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bert Henrikson .... wardrobe
Orry-Kelly .... gowns: Miss Monroe
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Matty Malneck .... songs: supervised by
Eve Newman .... music editor
George 'Red' Callender .... musician: double bass (uncredited)
Gene Cipriano .... musician: tenor sax for Tony Curtis (uncredited)
Gene Cipriano .... musician: woodwinds (uncredited)
Jack Dumont .... musician (uncredited)
Al Hendrickson .... musician: ukulele for Marylyn Monroe (uncredited)
Al Hendrickson .... musician: ukulele (uncredited)
Barney Kessel .... musician: electric guitar (uncredited)
Matty Malneck .... conductor (uncredited)
Shelly Manne .... musician: drums (uncredited)
Dave Pell .... musician: tenor sax (uncredited)
Dave Pell .... saxophone coach for Tony Curtis (uncredited)
Art Pepper .... musician: alto sax (uncredited)
Society Syncopators .... vocalist (uncredited)
Leroy Vinnegar .... musician: double bass (uncredited)
Gerald Wiggins .... vocal coach for Marilyn Monroe (uncredited)
John Williams .... musician: piano (uncredited)
 
Other crew
John Franco .... script continuity
Jack Cole .... choreographer (uncredited)
Evelyn Moriarty .... stand-in: Marilyn Monroe (uncredited)
Alpha Steinman .... production secretary (uncredited)
Paula Strasberg .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
John Veitch .... location manager (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
120 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:X (original rating) | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Denmark:A | Finland:S (1987) | Finland:K-16 (1959) | France:-12 (original rating) | France:U (re-rating) | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:I (2012) | Japan:G (2009) | Mexico:A | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1959) | New Zealand:PG | Norway:16 (original rating) | Norway:15 (re-rating) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | Sweden:11 (re-release) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1989) | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (PCA #19281) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Trivia:
A cabaret dancer (a man who played women on stage) tried to teach Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon to walk in heels. After about a week, Lemmon declined his help, saying he didn't want to walk like a woman, but a man trying to walk like a woman.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: As Daphne dumps her things onto Osgood, his hand is grasping the top of Josephine's saxophone case, the neck of Sugar's ukulele case is pointed away from him while Daphne's purse is stuck between him and Josephine's case. But, when they enter the lobby, Osgood's arm is now under Josephine's case, the neck of Sugar's case is pointed toward him, and Daphne's purse is between Josephine's case and Sugar's case.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Mulligan:All right, Charlie; that the joint?
Toothpick Charlie:Yes, sir.
Mulligan:Who runs it?
Toothpick Charlie:I already told you.
Mulligan:Refresh my memory.
Toothpick Charlie:Spats Columbo.
Mulligan:That's very refreshing; what's the password?
Toothpick Charlie:"I've come to Grandma's funeral." Here's your admission card.
[he gives Mulligan a mourning armband]
[...]
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FAQ

Any recommendations for other comedies in which the main character(s) appear in drag throughout most of the movie?
Where do Joe and Jerry get the clothes, wigs, and makeup to dress up as girls?
How does the movie end?
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43 out of 65 people found the following review useful.
As hot as it gets, 20 April 1999
Author: Vlad B. from United States

A Comedy that has it all, and lacks absolutely nothing. "Nobody's perfect" may be an inherent truism, but "Some Like it Hot" is a definite somebody in the universe of cinema, thus it IS perfect in every sense. Swing, sex and slapstick, (three words that immediately come to mind when trying to describe it) , are a mix so delicious, so fruitful in its possibilities that one cannot imagine a film which can live up to them, and yet this one does. Marilyn, her trademark, displeasingly infantile voice aside, is a bombshell of thermonuclear dimensions, whose powers of titillation will not expire so long as there are hormones and/or Viagra. The sexual content, for socio-historical reasons cannot be as explicit as we've come to expect, but there's still plenty of it, from Monroe's see-through outfit to the double entendre worthy of the Farelli Brothers ("What do I do if it's an emergency ? - Pull the emergency break!" ), including overtly gay themes that have a cult following of their own. The Lemmon/Curtis duo operates with gleeful, unrestrained vitality that can only be likened to Chaplin in his heyday. Though not a Musical, the combustive energy of this movie is so stimulating it almost makes you get up and dance.

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