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Director:
Writers:
Billy Wilder (written by) and
I.A.L. Diamond (written by)
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Release Date:
16 September 1960 (France) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Movie-wise, there has never been anything like "The Apartment" - laugh-wise, love-wise, or otherwise-wise! See more »
Plot:
A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won 5 Oscars. Another 19 wins & 8 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(218 articles)
User Reviews:
Some Like it Dark - Wilder and Dark Comedy See more (226 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jack Lemmon ... C.C. Baxter

Shirley MacLaine ... Fran Kubelik

Fred MacMurray ... Jeff D. Sheldrake

Ray Walston ... Joe Dobisch

Jack Kruschen ... Dr. Dreyfuss

David Lewis ... Al Kirkeby
Hope Holiday ... Mrs. Margie MacDougall
Joan Shawlee ... Sylvia

Naomi Stevens ... Mrs. Mildred Dreyfuss
Johnny Seven ... Karl Matuschka

Joyce Jameson ... The Blonde
Willard Waterman ... Mr. Vanderhoff

David White ... Mr. Eichelberger

Edie Adams ... Miss Olsen
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dorothy Abbott ... Office Worker (uncredited)
Bill Baldwin ... TV Movie Host (uncredited)
Benny Burt ... Charlie - Bartender (uncredited)
Lynn Cartwright ... Elevator Supervisor with Clicker (uncredited)
Fortune Cookie ... Chinese Waiter (uncredited)
Mason Curry ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Frances Weintraub Lax ... Mrs. Lieberman (uncredited)

David Macklin ... Messenger (uncredited)
Joe Palma ... Office Maintenance Man (uncredited)

Paul Picerni ... Patron in Bar (uncredited)

Hal Smith ... Man in Santa Claus Suit (uncredited)
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Directed by
Billy Wilder 
 
Writing credits
Billy Wilder (written by) and
I.A.L. Diamond (written by)

Produced by
I.A.L. Diamond .... associate producer
Doane Harrison .... associate producer
Billy Wilder .... producer
 
Original Music by
Adolph Deutsch (music by)
 
Cinematography by
Joseph LaShelle (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Daniel Mandell (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Alexandre Trauner  (as Alexander Trauner)
 
Set Decoration by
Edward G. Boyle 
 
Makeup Department
Harry Ray .... makeup
Alice Monte .... hair styles (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Allen K. Wood .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hal W. Polaire .... assistant director (as Hal Polaire)
Angelo Laiacona .... assistant director (uncredited)
David Salven .... assistant director (uncredited)
Mike Vidor .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Tom Plews .... property
Ralph Harris .... leadman (uncredited)
Harold Michelson .... illustrator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Del Harris .... sound effects editor
Fred Lau .... sound
Harry Alphin .... recordist (uncredited)
Robert Martin .... boom operator (uncredited)
Gordon Sawyer .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Milt Rice .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bert Chaliacombe .... best boy (uncredited)
Hugh Crawford .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Jack Harris .... still photographer (uncredited)
Karl Reed .... key grip (uncredited)
William Schurr .... camera operator (uncredited)
Don Scott .... gaffer (uncredited)
Don Stott .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Forrest T. Butler .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Irene Caine .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Sid Sidney .... music editor
John Williams .... musician: piano solos (uncredited)
John Williams .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
May Wale Brown .... script continuity (as May Wale)
Reuben Kaufman .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Miriam Nelson .... choreographer: Christmas party dance (uncredited)
Joe Palma .... stand-in: Jack Lemmon (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
125 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Quebec) (2000) | Canada:AA (Ontario) (1994) | Chile:18 | Finland:K-16 | Ireland:PG | Japan:G (2009) | Netherlands:6 (2004) | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1960) | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | USA:Approved (PCA #19647) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Trivia:
This is the first Best Picture Oscar winner to specifically refer to a previous winner, in this case two of them. First Grand Hotel (1932/I), which Baxter attempts to watch on television but is too long delayed because of commercials. Bud's boss also refers to Bud and Fran having "a lost weekend" together in Bud's apartment, a reference to Billy Wilder's earlier Oscar winner, The Lost Weekend (1945).See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Fran's brother-in-law comes looking for her at her employer's office building after she hasn't been home for 2 days, beginning Christmas Eve. Christmas 1959 was a Friday, so 2 days after she went missing would have been Saturday or Sunday, when nobody would have been in the office.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
C.C. Baxter:[narrating] On November 1st, 1959, the population of New York City was 8,042,783. If you laid all these people end to end, figuring an average height of five feet six and a half inches, they would reach from Times Square to the outskirts of Karachi, Pakistan. I know facts like this because I work for an insurance company - Consolidated Life of New York. We're one of the top five companies in the country. Our home office has 31,259 employees, which is more than the entire population of uhh...
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in American Beauty (1999)See more »
Soundtrack:
Capriccio Italien, Op. 45See more »

FAQ

Is 'The Apartment' based on a book?
How does the movie end?
Why does Baxter have a cold? It doesn't seem to fit into the plot.
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77 out of 96 people found the following review useful.
Some Like it Dark - Wilder and Dark Comedy, 30 July 2004
Author: (jtmudge) from Santa Cruz, CA

Billy Wilder knew how to make a great movie. Of course it helps to have one of the greatest all-time actors, Jack Lemon, play in your movies, but Lemon aside, Wilder was a genius. His gift for the comedic moment showed brilliantly on screen and reached deep inside the audience.

The Apartment, the last of the great Black and White films, showed a bit darker side to comedy than some of his other romps such as the hilarious Some Like It Hot. Some Like It Hot is just as funny today as it was in 1959. It is pure fun. At no point in the film are we approached with anything that we would take seriously. Let's face it, most of us are not running from the mob disguised as a member from the opposite sex.

The Apartment, however, brings up much more human themes and issues. Wilder is an expert and at no time does he leave you worried that it will turn out badly. This is, after all, a comedy. One mistake in the script and the movie could quickly become a deep film about suicide, loneliness, and peer pressure, but Wilder balances the subjects on the edge of a knife and allows us to smile at what could otherwise be a very depressing movie.

Wilder and his films like The Apartment are very similar to Shakespeare's comedies. It can be said that the difference between a Shakespeare comedy and tragedy is often not the story, but the ending. In a comedy, everyone is married; in a tragedy, everyone dies. the same is true with The Apartment, it all hinges on the outcomes. If Kubelik dies or Baxter is left alone, the movie would be a tragedy. But since they prevail in the end, the movie comes off as a great comedic success, albeit a bit dark.

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