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Some Like It Hot - Special Edition [DVD] [1959]

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  • Actors: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft, Pat O'Brien
  • Directors: Billy Wilder
  • Writers: Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond, Michael Logan, Robert Thoeren
  • Producers: Billy Wilder, Doane Harrison, I.A.L. Diamond
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Danish, Portuguese, Polish, Greek, Hungarian, Hebrew, Turkish, Czech
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Nov 2001
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005Q61Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,851 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Billy Wilder's classic Oscar nominated comedy. In February 1929, unemployed musicians Joe (Tony Curtis) and Jerry (Jack Lemmon) go on the run after witnessing the St Valentine's Day Massacre. Pursued by gangsters, the duo are forced to disguise themselves as women and join Sweet Sue's all-girl band on the next train for Florida. Joe is attracted to Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe), the band's singer, while Jerry finds himself pursued enthusiastically by millionaire Osgood E. Fielding III (Joe E. Brown). Comic complications ensue. Also included is the short 'Memories From the Sweet Sues' which pushes the certificate up to PG.


Maybe "nobody's perfect," as one character in this masterpiece suggests. But some movies are perfect, and Some Like It Hot is one of them. In Chicago, during the Prohibition era, two skirt-chasing musicians, Joe and Jerry (Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon), inadvertently witness the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. In order to escape the wrath of gangland chief Spats Colombo (George Raft), the boys, in drag, join an all-woman band headed for Florida. They vie for the attention of the lead singer, Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe), a much-disappointed songbird who warbles "I'm Through with Love" but remains vulnerable to yet another unreliable saxophone player. (When Curtis courts her without his dress, he adopts the voice of Cary Grant--a spot-on impersonation.) The script by director Billy Wilder and IAL Diamond is beautifully measured; everything works, like a flawless clock. Aspiring screenwriters would be well advised to throw away the how-to books and simply study this film. The bulk of the slapstick is handled by an unhinged Lemmon and the razor-sharp Joe E. Brown, who plays a horny retiree smitten by Jerry's feminine charms. For all the gags, the film is also wonderfully romantic, as Wilder indulges in just the right amounts of moonlight and the lilting melody of "Park Avenue Fantasy." Some Like It Hot is so delightfully fizzy, it's hard to believe the shooting of the film was a headache, with an unhappy Monroe on her worst behaviour. The results, however, are sublime. --Robert Horton, --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By M. Joyce TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Jan 2011
Format: DVD
This has been voted in a number of polls as the greatest comic film of all time and while I have undoubtedly laughed more uproariously at other (sometimes lesser) films, this is still undeniably very funny today and is superbly directed by that master of comedy, Billy Wilder. Jack Lemmon is, of course, brilliantly funny, but one should not underestimate just how good Tony Curtis and, yes, Marilyn Monroe, are in their parts and, my word, is she sexy or what? There are some choice performances in supporting roles, notably from Joe E. Brown, who gets to utter that one of the most famous last lines in film history. It is in black and white, of course, but somehow this just adds to the pleasure. The "extras" are very entertaining and Tony Curtis is on particularly good form. If you don't already own this, you really should!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr D E Bassett on 27 Feb 2003
Format: VHS Tape
'Some Like it Hot' is quintessential old-fashioned comedy, and damned good entertainment. It's got a fun, although somewhat predictable plot, but this film drags it all together - one of the best screenplays of all time; classic acting, especially from the Oscar-nominated Lemmon; perfect direction; and, of course, Monroe on cue to provide the music, of which there is plenty.
Curtis and Lemmon make the ultimate double-act, and every supporting performance is fantastic, making every scene a joy to watch. I'm not normally a fan of farce as a genre of comedy, but 'Some Like it Hot' is just done so well it's impossible not to be taken in by its non-stop madcap hilarity.
It really is as simple as that - whether you just want to relax and enjoy some solid entertainment, or you're a comedy fan, this is a must for any home collection.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By ciaran moore on 7 Aug 2009
Format: DVD
just to elaborate slightly on the extras on this two disc set.There is a commentary which comprises of interviews with tony curtis and jack lemmon.There are featurettes from the previous edition "nostalgic look back"(31:14},"memories of the sweet sues"(12:04),"virtual hall of memories"(21:05)and two new ones "making of..."(25:45) and "legacy of..."(20:23)and the trailer.Hope this helps.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Trey Mercartné on 8 Nov 2005
Format: DVD
"Some Like It Hot" is an outstanding comedy from 1959, directed by the genius that was Billy Wilder and starring three true Hollywood greats. Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis supply all the laughs with thier flawless comedic performances. The film is based around two musicians (Curtis and Lemmon) who find themselves witnesses to a gangland shooting. They search desperatley for a musical job that will send them else where so they can escape the mob who are quickly tracking them down to ''silence'' them. The only available job is that of a girl group. Desperate times call for desperate measures and the unlikely pair take on fake names and through make-up and dress become women impersonators to join the gril group undetected.
Of course, thier quest is not an easy one and it leads to truly hillarious results. I'm not going to reel of endless details of the film's funniest moments but needless to say there are a whole wealth of them. Marilyn Monroe is outstanding in the film, and it proves once and for all what an underappreciated true great of comedy acting she was. Curtis and Lemmon are a flawless double act and both put in career defining performances here. The special features of the DVD are really great and a tremendous ammount to the set. The documentaries here, including interviews with Tony Curtis and many of the extra's from the girl band are really great and they add a behind-the-scenes look at one of America's greatest loved and most enduring comedy movies. Marilyn Monroe was reportedly at her most difficult during the film's production, but whatever was needed to create thier truly wonderful box office gem was well worth it. "Some Like It Hot" is an undeniably fabulous film that no self respecting film buff or lover should be without.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. E. Hall on 4 Oct 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The best comedy of all time? I'd say so, yes. Most comedies get dated so quickly that they become boring within 20 years. This one is approaching the half century and is still funny.

Set in 1920s prohibition, two struggling musicians are on the run from mobsters, but the only paying gig in town is an all expense paid trip to a hotel in Florida. One catch - they gotta be girls! So Joe and Jerry become Josephine (Curtis) and Daphne (Lemon). The tale stretches down on the train as Daphne wrestles with himself not to hit on his new 'girlfriend' Sugar but then has to fend off a creepy old millionaire on the beach. Meanwhile 'Joesephine' busiers himself dressing up as a millionaire to impress Sugar, with an hilarius intepretation of Cary Grant ('...nO..bOdy..torks like thAt').

The two funiest lines of the film are:

Osgood: What instrument do you play?

Daphne (exasperated): Bow fiddel!

Osgood: Oh, do you use the bow or do you just pluck it?

Daphne (with a glint in the eye): Most of the time I SLAP it!

There is of course the legendary final line as Daphne tries to convince Osgood that he cant marry him but trying not to admit that he's a man. When he eventually throws of the wigs and yells:

Daphne: 'No you don't understand. I'm a man!'

Osgood: 'Well, nobody's perfect.'

According to legend, the script writers were so stumped that when one of them suggested the line they both hated it. They wrote it down until they could come up with 'something better' and passed of one of the most famous final lines in cinema history.

With Marilyn Munroe's defining performance and comedy that shines 50 years on, this film is a dream and a timeless classic that belongs in any movie collection.
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