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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 18 wins & 8 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(216 articles)
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Cast

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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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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:
The nasal spray used by Jack Lemmon was actually milk. Real nasal spray would not have shown up on camera.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After Bud finds out that Ms. Kubelik was with Mr. Sheldrake, he leaves wearing his new hat, leaving his old hat behind. Later that night when he arrives home with the woman from the bar, his old hat is on the hat rack on the wall.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:
Featured in 50 Films to See Before You Die (2006) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Jealous LoverSee more »

FAQ

Was slapping really the prescription for overdosed patients back in the 1960s?
How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
Why didn't Fran recognize the name on Baxter's prescription?
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117 out of 127 people found the following review useful.
Becoming A Mensch, 21 January 2005
Author: David (davidals@msn.com) from Chapel Hill, NC, USA

Ohhh - after my 4th or 5th viewing, I think this may be one of the most remarkable blends of comedy and drama to have ever been filmed - THE APARTMENT - in subtle ways - rises well above the conventions of any genre. It was my introduction to the great Billy Wilder, and my fondness for Jack Lemmon (a remarkable and sorely missed actor) begins here as well.

*SOME SPOILERS*

The cold take on the sex-and-money ethos to be found in many corporate environments hasn't dated one bit; it could be argued that THE APARTMENT stands a bit ahead of its' time in the depiction of (what would appear to be) educated employees treated like (and feeling like) tools to be used in generation of someone else's income. Lemmon's character never forgets that he's disposable, even if the optimist in him hopes that something better may be found in his superiors. Deep down he knows this to be a pipe dream - the sexual adventurism of those same superiors betrays their utter lack of ethics. Of course, Lemmon's character isn't entirely above it all; he's been more than willing to hire out his own apartment as a place for his colleagues' peccadilloes, in exchange for career advancement, which of course - as Wilder early on links amoral sexual conduct and professional/corporate/financial misconduct in a greater social critique - gets him into trouble.

The dialogue is - as is always true with Wilder - very finely crafted, yet seems natural - this film is a remarkable display of the kind of reactions any of us would offer in similar situations. Interestingly, our two protagonists are also wonderfully imperfect as human beings - Lemmon and MacLaine bear some responsibility for the very serious situations they've gotten themselves into; they manage to realize this ("Be a mensch!" Lemmon's doctor neighbor exclaims) just in time to set things right. MacLaine in particular delivers a remarkable, complex performance - sweet and smart in her earliest scenes, bleak and emotionally ravaged in her climactic scene with MacMurray, naive elsewhere, sharp but hopeful at the end. The cinematography captures the entire cast beautifully - with minimal movement, abundant long takes, and a sleek lack of visual clutter, all of the principals are free to reveal their own best and worst impulses, within an environment that is stripped of artifice. The end result is a film filled with great moments one can easily identify with.

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