Some Like It Hot (1959)



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Movie Info

Two Struggling musicians witness the St. Valentine's Day Massacre and are now on the run from the Mob. Jerry and Joe cross-dress into an all female band. In addition to hiding, each has his own problems; One falls for another band member but can't tell her his gender, and the other has a rich suitor who will not take "No," for an answer.

Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: I. A. L. Diamond, Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 22, 2001
United Artists - Official Site


as Sugar Kane

as Joe/Josephine

as Jerry/Daphne

as Spats Columbo

as Mulligan

as Osgood E. Fielding I...

as Little Bonaparte

as Sweet Sue

as Sig Poliakoff

as Toothpick Charlie

as Beinstock

as Spats' Henchman

as Spats' Henchman

as Johnny Paradise

as Bouncer
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Critic Reviews for Some Like It Hot

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (8)

Lemmon digs out most of the laughs in the script. As for Marilyn, she's been trimmer, slimmer and sexier in earlier pictures.

Full Review… | May 20, 2011
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

The Great American Comedy (if you discount the Marx Brothers).

Full Review… | September 30, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

Pictures like this, with a sense of humor that is as broad as it can be sophisticated, come along only infrequently.

Full Review… | August 15, 2007
Top Critic

In many ways, the ultimate Billy Wilder film -- replete with breathless pacing, transvestite humor, and unflinching cynicism.

Full Review… | August 15, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

One of Wilder's funniest satires.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

"Nobody's perfect" is the last line. Wilder, Lemmon, Curtis and Monroe come pretty close.

Full Review… | July 17, 2014

Audience Reviews for Some Like It Hot

This raucous comedic farce from Billy Wilder is often considered to be one of the best and funniest comedies ever made...and you know what? The reputation isn't wrong.

Joe and Jerry are two Chicago jazz musicians who, after witnessing a gangland murder, are forced to go on the run. Obtaining some costumes, they board a train for Florida with an all girl jazz band as its newest and more homely members "Josephine" and 'Daphne".

Besides the obvious problems with having to keep up their ruse in general, things really get complicated (and hilarious) when Josephine falls for fellow band member Sugar Kane, and an aging playboy falls for Daphne. Also, the mob happens to find their way to Florida as well...

Everyone talks about how funny this film is, and yeah, I expected to laugh, but I also figured this film would be kinda overrated as well. Much to my surprise and delight, this film had me in stitches through almost all of the runtime, and I didn't think it was overrated at all. This really is a sharp, witty, and breezy comedy masterpiece. It set the standard for all future cross dressing related comedies, and has yet to be topped.

Tony Curtis is great as Joe/Josephine and Jack Lemmon is tremendously awesome as Jerry/Daphne. George Raft is fun as the mob boss who wants them dead, and Marilyn Monroe is a delightful knockout as Sugar Kane. As the man who falls for Daphne, Joe E. Brown is an absolute scream.

The film does go for some obvious targets with some of the jokes, but they are deftly handled, and feel quite relevant and fresh. Yeah, there is the obvious need for suspension of disbelief, but that only adds to the fun.

With a strong start that just keeps building and building, this truly is one of the all-time greats that you really must see if you haven't already done so.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Some Like It Hot is highlighted by a wit that is surprisingly prescient of modern times. The script mines gender humor with a sophisticated modernity that still seems remarkably fresh even today. The satire is composed of well worn targets, but they're handled in such a lighthearted way, it entertains through the commentary. Granted this farce is more apt to cause mild giggles than outright guffaws. I wouldn't call it the funniest comedy ever made, but the plot developments are so captivating, it's easy to see why this film ranks amongst the finest of the period.

Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer

Love Marilyn Monroe - the sexy, the innocent, the Silver Screen star, the controversial pop icon. Her performances of "Runnin' Wild," "I Wanna Be Loved By You," and "I'm Through With Love" are cheeky, seductive, and wistful, respectively. She overacts badly a bit during the yacht seduction sequence, and the gangster chase drags (heh) on a bit only to end with a much too easy resolution, but still, they just don't make 'em like this anymore.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

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