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Some Like It Hot (1959)

Passed | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 19 March 1959 (USA)
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After two male musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in.

Director:

Billy Wilder

Writers:

Billy Wilder (screenplay), I.A.L. Diamond (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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2,097 ( 79)
Top Rated Movies #135 | Won 1 Oscar. Another 14 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marilyn Monroe ... Sugar Kane Kowalczyk
Tony Curtis ... Joe / Josephine / Shell Oil Junior
Jack Lemmon ... Jerry / Daphne
George Raft ... Spats Colombo
Pat O'Brien ... Detective Mulligan
Joe E. Brown ... Osgood Fielding III
Nehemiah Persoff ... Little Bonaparte
Joan Shawlee ... Sweet Sue
Billy Gray Billy Gray ... Sig Poliakoff
George E. Stone ... Toothpick Charlie
Dave Barry ... Beinstock
Mike Mazurki ... Spats' Henchman
Harry Wilson ... Spats' Henchman
Beverly Wills ... Dolores
Barbara Drew Barbara Drew ... Nellie
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Storyline

After two Chicago musicians, Joe and Jerry, witness the the St. Valentine's Day massacre, they want to get out of town and get away from the gangster responsible, Spats Colombo. They're desperate to get a gig out of town but the only job they know of is in an all-girl band heading to Florida. They show up at the train station as Josephine and Daphne, the replacement saxophone and bass players. They certainly enjoy being around the girls, especially Sugar Kane Kowalczyk who sings and plays the ukulele. Joe in particular sets out to woo her while Jerry/Daphne is wooed by a millionaire, Osgood Fielding III. Mayhem ensues as the two men try to keep their true identities hidden and Spats Colombo and his crew show up for a meeting with several other crime lords. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The movie too HOT for words! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The only film of 1959 to be nominated for the Oscar for Best Director but not Best Picture. See more »

Goofs

Florida beaches do not have high cliffs. Also, there is a scene where Sugar Kane is sitting on the beach, facing the ocean. She says that the time is 4:00 pm. However, her shadow is clearly being cast behind her. On Miami beaches, this is not possible. Since all of Miami's beaches face east, one's shadow is only cast away from the ocean before noon. On Miami beaches at 4pm, your shadow would lie on the ground in front of you, towards the ocean. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mulligan: All right, Charlie; that the joint?
Toothpick Charlie: Yes, sir.
Mulligan: Who runs it?
Toothpick Charlie: I already told you.
Mulligan: Refresh my memory.
Toothpick Charlie: Spats Columbo.
Mulligan: That's very refreshing; what's the password?
Toothpick Charlie: "I've come to Grandma's funeral." Here's your admission card.
[he gives Mulligan a mourning armband]
[...]
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Alternate Versions

Video version contains extended exit music after the film. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Beiderbecke Affair (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Liebesträume
(uncredited)
Composed by Franz Liszt
Performed on the organ at Mozzarella's Funeral Parlour
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User Reviews

Awesome, it really is!
17 April 2001 | by darth_sidiousSee all my reviews

Sit back and enjoy this comedy, I don't believe in greatest this and that when it comes to films, but boy, this is superb.

The acting here is fantastic, all actors, even Monroe are on top form.

The direction by Wilder is superb, the guy's style in this picture is perfect. He directed this film in a very clever way, by using one camera for the majority of the scenes, he could easily edit the film together without studio interference.

The script is well written. The dialogue between Lemmon and Curtis is beautifully balanced.

Monroe is just too hot for the screen in this picture. Although, Monroe had major off-screen problems (83 takes to get things right) she is fantastic on-screen. She may not have the best lines, but what the heck! She plays the role very well.

Overall, this is awesome, it really is.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 March 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Not Tonight, Josephine! See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,883,848 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$194,887
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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