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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 »
User Reviews:
That's the way it crumbles... See more (230 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)
Ralph Moratz ... Office Worker (uncredited)
Joe Palma ... Office Maintenance Man (uncredited)

Paul Picerni ... Patron in Bar (uncredited)

Hal Smith ... Man in Santa Claus Suit (uncredited)

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

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Trivia:
Director Trademark: [Billy Wilder] [Sheldrake]Wilder also used the character name Sheldrake in Sunset Blvd. (1950) and Kiss Me, Stupid (1964).See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When telling the story of his attempted suicide, C. C. Baxter pantomimes loading a revolver, even though he has specified (and we later see) that the gun he used was an automatic.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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Soundtrack:
Jealous LoverSee more »

FAQ

Why didn't Fran recognize the name on Baxter's prescription?
Why does Baxter have a cold? It doesn't seem to fit into the plot.
Is 'The Apartment' based on a book?
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112 out of 120 people found the following review useful.
That's the way it crumbles..., 24 March 2002
Author: gaityr from United Kingdom

What a wonderful way to spend an evening--dinner, Christmas and New Year's with CC Baxter (Jack Lemmon) and 'friends', accompanied by much champagne and laughter, and spaghetti and meatballs lovingly prepared by the host himself. There's even a game of gin rummy to get into that Baxter and Fran can't ever seem to finish--here's hoping it never does!

THE APARTMENT is one of those truly classic classic movies--for one thing, it has an absolutely top-notch cast, featuring Jack Lemmon (at his wryly humourous best); Shirley MacLaine (a glowing screen presence); Fred MacMurray (smarm personified); and a younger Ray Walston (still wisecracking, still hilarious). They also benefit from a clever, perceptive and timelessly relevant script by Billy Wilder, under his capable direction. Though there are plenty of brilliant one-liners, the best of the dialogue feels true and real, which adds to the feeling that you've known Baxter et al for years. I loved the score to the movie as well, artfully attributed to the Rickshaw Boys and used to great effect.

There are so many good moments scattered throughout the film (I can't even begin to enumerate them all here!). A lot of them are little touches that must have been added by the actors themselves (Jack Lemmon humming as he prepares the meatball sauce is just *so* funny!). I love the madness of the Christmas party scene, and when Baxter's doctor-neighbour takes charge of the situation with Fran, slapping her awake and marching her around the living room. I also love it when Baxter first starts playing gin rummy with Fran, and she reveals how she has a talent for falling for the wrong guy all the time. Best of all, Lemmon makes such a believable, sweet pushover that you often want to shake him and hug him at the same time--the things he would do for Fran! It makes his final scene with MacMurray that much more satisfying for the audience.

If you see this gem of a movie on a video store shelf, or (even better) playing in the cinema, don't let it pass you by. Join Baxter, Fran, Mr. Sheldrake and everyone else, and have a great time!

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