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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 24 wins & 10 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
One of my favorite movies See more (228 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)

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:
Paul Douglas was cast as Sheldrake but died before filming began. He died from a heart attack while eating breakfast in New York just before he was to fly out to the Coast for filming.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The frozen daiquiri in the cocktail lounge melts, reforms, and melts again.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:
Features Fort Apache (1948)See more »
Soundtrack:
Auld Lang SyneSee more »

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Is 'The Apartment' based on a book?
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Why does Baxter have a cold? It doesn't seem to fit into the plot.
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58 out of 64 people found the following review useful.
One of my favorite movies, 23 April 2002
Author: john zapata (johnpaulzpt@yahoo.com) from los angeles, CA

After the first time I saw The Apartment, I admired it so much and placed it in my favorite movies list. After watching it a second time on widescreen and digitally remastered DVD, my love for it just deepened. I was once again touched by Shirley MacLaine's portrayal of Miss Kubelik, a lovely but unlucky in love woman. I also laughed again at Jack Lemmon's perfect delivery of one-liners and other mannerisms.

Billy Wilder made The Apartment right after the huge success of his last film, Some Like It Hot, also with Jack Lemmon. The Apartment is not as funny, but it is more accomplished and deeper in meaning. Watching it in widescreen made me appreciate more the complexity of the story. Widescreen shots of C.C. Baxter's (Lemmon) apartment shows emptiness and loneliness. The shot of Baxter's office, which has employees in desks that seem to extend into eternity, shows that Baxter is just a faceless man in a populated world.

C.C. Baxter is an ambitious employee in an insurance company. He tries to work himself to a promotion by allowing his philandering bosses to use his apartment as a perfect hideaway. As an exchange for the use of his apartment, his bosses put him in the top ten of the efficiency reports. After getting a promotion and successfully asking the elevator girl Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine) on a date, everything was going well for Baxter. Until he finds out that Miss Kubelik is the mistress of his big boss J.D. Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray).

Miss Kubelik and Sheldrake had a summer affair and Sheldrake wants Kubelik back admitting that he still loves her. Showing vulnerability, she agrees to get back together and ends up using Baxter's apartment twice a week. Naturally there will be problems. Sheldrake could not break up his marriage, and Kubelik does not like how the relationship is going but couldn't help being in love with him. Kubelik summed it up when she said `when you're in love with a married man, you shouldn't wear mascara.'

For Baxter, things couldn't be more complex. He wants to keep getting promotions but he might lose Kubelik in the process. He adores Kubelik but he doesn't want to be unemployed. Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond's script couldn't have been better written. It ranks up there with the likes of great scripts of Casablanca and Citizen Kane. They filled it with small intricate details and such funny lines. The Apartment is very ingenious and inspirational. When I wasn't laughing, I was smiling.

Billy Wilder perfected the style of satirical filmmaking. In The Apartment, he touches a lot of subjects. The movie deals with adultery, suicide, loneliness, and corporate cutthroats. The movie won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, but surprisingly, no acting Oscars. I have seen many romantic comedies, and while many are good, most of them do not have the same heart and warmth as The Apartment. It is in my list of top ten favorite movies because it entertained me, inspired me, and showed me how to live… human-wise.

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