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The Apartment -- Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine and Fred MacMurray are superb in this tale of love and ambition in the world of big business that went on to garner a Best Picture Oscar.


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Billy Wilder (written by) and
I.A.L. Diamond (written by)
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Release Date:
16 September 1960 (France) See more »
Movie-wise, there has never been anything like "The Apartment" - laugh-wise, love-wise, or otherwise-wise! See more »
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 »
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A rare gem, this is a blessedly adult comedy with great performances, great writing and the kind of depth hardly ever seen in the more vapid, formulaic romantic comedies of today. See more (235 total) »


  (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)
Edith Simmons ... Sheldrake's Wife (voice) (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 
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
Jack Dumont .... musician: alto saxophone (uncredited)
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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125 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:16 (original rating) | Argentina:Atp (re-rating) | Australia:PG | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Quebec) (2000) | Canada:AA (Ontario) (1994) | Finland:K-12 (2012) | Finland:K-16 (1960) | 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?

To get Fran (Shirley MacLaine) to look genuinely startled when her brother-in-law punches Calvin (Jack Lemmon), director Billy Wilder smacked together two pieces of 2x4 during the shoot.See more »
Errors in geography: The layout of Baxter's apartment makes no sense, especially in the context of Dr. Dreyfus's apartment. Dreyfus lives next to Baxter, which means their walls should be adjoining the full length of both flats. But from inside Baxter's living room one can see windows in both his kitchen and bedroom facing directly where the Dreyfus apartment should be (and there would likely be a window in the bathroom between the kitchen and bedroom). Dreyfus's apartment would have to veer immediately off to the extreme right when you enter it and be no more than a couple of inches wide in order to allow the kind of set-up seen in Baxter's apartment - clearly unrealistic, if not downright impossible.See more »
[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:
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How does the movie end?
Was slapping really the prescription for overdosed patients back in the 1960s?
Why didn't Fran recognize the name on Baxter's prescription?
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101 out of 112 people found the following review useful.
A rare gem, this is a blessedly adult comedy with great performances, great writing and the kind of depth hardly ever seen in the more vapid, formulaic romantic comedies of today., 15 October 2004
Author: cwelty1 from Orlando, FL

Written by the great filmmaker Billy Wilder, this is a serious, sardonic comedy for people who've known what's its like to feel the pressure of compromising your principles or your self- respect for the sake of getting ahead in life. And there are very few over the age of consent who haven't had to at one time or another. This isn't the laugh out loud comedy of Jim Carrey or the Farrelly brothers, but a subtle, nuanced comedy about two people who have both been jaded in love and yet continue to hope again and again that it will someday work out for them -- mainly because despite the unlikeable things they do, they are both basically decent, nice people. Flawed and even weak at times, but good people. This is a movie that doesn't just make it you laugh, it makes you think. A rare find indeed.

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