Some Like It Hot
1959 | Comedy | 121 minutes | English
Joe and Jerry, two musicians, accidentally witness gangster Spats and his henchmen gun down members of a rival gang in a garage. Spats notices them but Joe and Jerry manage to escape. To elude Spats, they disguise themselves as women, renaming themselves Josephine (Joe) and Daphne (Jerry) and hook up with Sweet Sue and her Society Syncopators, an all-female band headed to Miami. On the train ride to Miami, Joe and Jerry become obsessed with Sugar, a voluptuous, sexy member of the band. Frustrated, Josephine and Daphne must keep reminding themselves they are supposed to be “women.” But Sugar has one goal: to marry a millionaire in Miami. Once in Miami, Joe assumes a second disguise, as Junior, a millionaire heir to the Shell Oil fortune. This will be the way he’s hoping to nab Sugar. Meanwhile, Daphne has a “fling” with an aging, much-married real millionaire, Osgood Fielding III. The big event at the hotel, “Friends of Italian Opera,” is, in fact, a major meeting of national crime syndicates run by the ruthless “Little Bonaparte.” Spats and his gang are at the event and Spats recognizes Joe and Jerry. Luckily, “Little Bonaparte’s” gang murder Spats and his henchman. Joe and Jerry dash off, with Joe (Junior) telling Sugar he’s not good enough for her and he is moving to Venezuela to get married. Meanwhile, Jerry, now as Daphne, jumps on a speed boat navigated by Osgood as it’s pulling out of the dock. Osgood professes his love for Daphne and his passionate desire to marry. It’s obvious that Osgood is not going to take “No” for an answer. What, oh what, should Daphne (Jerry) tell Osgood?
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 95%
- Metacritic Score: 98
National Board of Review: Listed in the Top Ten Films
Golden Globe Awards: Best Motion Picture- Musical or Comedy; Best Actress in a Motion Picture- Comedy or Musical (Marilyn Monroe); Best Actor in a Motion Picture- Comedy or Musical (Jack Lemmon)
Writers Guild of America: Best Written Comedy
British Academy Film Awards: Best Foreign Actor (Jack Lemmon)
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SOME LIKE IT HOT, 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.
SOME LIKE IT HOT is another supersonic, breakneck, belly-laugh comedy that should be a block-busting bonanza at the box office.
Wilder’s 1959 comedy is one of the enduring treasures of the movies, a film of inspiration and meticulous craft. It is underwired with Wilder’s cheerful cynicism, so that no time is lost to soppiness and everyone behaves according to basic Darwinian drives.
This picture is the funniest comedy I’ve seen in years. There aren’t many minutes of running time that doesn’t find the audience laughing its head off at the antics of Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe.
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