Thursday, March 14, 2013

Some Like It Hot

1959 American Feature

Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft, Pat O'Brien, Joe E. Brown and Nehemiah Persoff
Director: Billy Wilder
Writers: Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond, suggested by a story by Robert Thoeren and Michael Logan

After a pair of down-on-their-luck musicians accidentally witness a mob hit, they go on the lam by joining an all-female band disguised as women.


  • Internet Movie Database: 8.4/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 98% / Audience: 93%
  • OMG rating: 10/10

  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Books: Available


  • Academy Award for Best Black and White Costume Design; also nominated for Best Director, Actor (Lemmon), Adapted Screenplay, Black and White Cinematogray and Black and White Art Direction.
  • BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actor (Lemmon); also nominated for Best Film from Any Source.
  • Directors Guild of America nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures.
  • Golden Globe Awards for Best Motion Picture - Comedy, Actor - Comedy (Lemmon) and Actress - Comedy (Monroe).
  • Grammy Award nomination for Best Soundtrack Album.
  • Writers Guild of America Award for Best Written American Comedy.

  • Remake of the 1935 French film Fanfare of Love (Fanfare d'Amour), which was also remade as the 1951 German film Fanfaren der Liebe.
  • Working Titles: Fanfares of Love and Not Tonight, Josephine.
  • Casting Call: Mitzi Gaynor, Bob Hope, Danny Kaye, Jerry Lewis, Anthony Perkins, Edward G. Robinson and Frank Sinatra.
  • Filmed in black and white because the drag makeup worn by Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis gave their faces a green tinge.
  • When Lemmon and Curtis first put on the female make-up and costumes, they walked around the Goldwyn Studios lot to see if they could "pass" as women. When they entered public ladies rooms and used the mirrors to fix their makeup, none of the women complained. That is when they knew they could be convincing as women.
  • One of a few American movies ever given a "Condemned" rating from the Catholic Legion of Decency. Some Like It Hot, along with Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960) and several other films, contributed to the end of the Production Code in the mid-1960s. It was released by United Artists without the MPAA logo in the credits or title sequence, since the film did not receive Production Code approval.
  • Upon its original release, Kansas banned the film, explaining that cross-dressing was "too disturbing for Kansans".
  • An unsold television pilot was filmed in 1961 starring Vic Damone and Tina Louise.
  • Adapted into the 1972 Broadway musical Sugar, which was directed and choreographed by Gower Champion, featured music by Jule Styne and starred Robert Morse and Tony Roberts. It was nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
  • A Bollywood remake of Some Like It Hot titled Rafoo Chakkar was a hit in India in 1975.
  • In 1989, Some Like It Hot was inducted into the National Film Registry, one of the first 25 films to be so honored (along with another Billy Wilder movie, Sunset Boulevard).
  • In 1998, Some Like It Hot was ranked #14 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Movies" list.
  • In 2000, Some Like It Hot was ranked #1 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Laughs" list.
  • In 2005, "Well, nobody's perfect" was ranked #27 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Movie Quotes" list.
  • In 2007, Some Like It Hot was ranked #22 on the American Film Institute's "100 Years, 100 Movies: 10th Anniversary Edition" list.

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