Some Like It Hot

  • Billy Wilder
  • In English
  • 121 mins

Billy Wilder’s multi award-winning satire tracks two penniless musicians (Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon), whose chance witness of a gangland massacre forces them to flee Chicago. They soon realise that the only out-of-town jobs are in an all-girl band heading to Florida, and the two drag themselves up as Josephine and Geraldine in order to escape. However, they both soon become enamored with the band’s desirable vocalist Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe), and their escapades wreak havoc upon their love lives as they struggle for her affection while maintaining their disguises.

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Cast: Tony Curtis, Marilyn Monroe, Joe E. Brown, Jack Lemmon
Country: US
Year: 1959

Last shown

Last shown at Cornerhouse on Wed 30th Jul 2014


Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis keep this joyous Billy Wilder comedy fizzing from start to finish. 5/5

The Guardian

It’s the precision-tooled plot fashioned by Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond that holds it together, creating the perfect farcical playground. Brilliant performances, wondrous comic timing and the greatest pay-off line ever written: this one’s still red hot. 5/5

Total Film

Fifty-five years old and still a comedy masterpiece. 5/5


Directed in masterly style by Billy Wilder, is probably the funniest picture of recent memory. It's a whacky, clever, farcical comedy that starts off like a firecracker and keeps on throwing off lively sparks till the very end.


One of those rare movies where all the elements gel all the time. Both Curtis and Lemmon display a real feeling for sexual ambiguity and full-blown silliness, while Marilyn provides a suitably contrasting innocence to the antics of the two rogues. Wilder presents all three with great comic scenes which soar on the back of originality and great timing and embrace both slapstick and super-sharp wit. The desert-island comedy bar none.

Michael Thomson, BBC

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