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The Apartment [DVD]

Jack Lemmon , Shirley MacLaine , Billy Wilder    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray, Ray Walston, Jack Kruschen
  • Directors: Billy Wilder
  • Writers: Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond
  • Producers: Billy Wilder, Doane Harrison, I.A.L. Diamond
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • 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 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Nov 2001
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005Q61O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,059 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Romance at its most anti-romantic--that is the Billy Wilder stamp of genius, and this Best Picture Academy Award winner from 1960 is no exception. Set in a decidedly unsavoury world of corporate climbing and philandering, the great filmmaker's trenchant, witty satire-melodrama takes the office politics of a corporation and plays them out in the apartment of lonely clerk CC Baxter (Jack Lemmon). By lending out his digs to the higher-ups for nightly extramarital flings with their secretaries, Baxter has managed to ascend the business ladder faster than even he imagined. The story turns even uglier, though, when Baxter's crush on the building's melancholy elevator operator (Shirley MacLaine) runs up against her long-standing affair with the big boss (a superbly smarmy Fred MacMurray). The situation comes to a head when she tries to commit suicide in Baxter's apartment. Not the happiest or cleanest of scenarios, and one that earned the famously caustic and cynically humoured Wilder his share of outraged responses, but looking at it now, it is a funny, startlingly clear-eyed vision of urban emptiness and is unfailingly understanding of the crazy decisions our hearts sometimes make. Lemmon and MacLaine are ideally matched and while everyone cites Wilder's Some Like It Hot closing line "Nobody's perfect" as his best, MacLaine's no-nonsense final words--"Shut up and deal"--are every bit as memorable. Wilder won three Oscars for The Apartment, for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay (cowritten with long-time collaborator I A L Diamond). --Robert Abele

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The Apartment [DVD] [DVD] (2001) Jack Lemmon; Shirley MacLaine; Fred MacMurray


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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I love you, Miss Kubelik." 9 Oct 2006
By Kona TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Buddy Baxter (Jack Lemmon) is a meek and mild nobody in a big company who has an "arrangement" with his superiors: They can use his apartment to entertain their ladyfriends in exchange for recommendations for his promotion. The deal works out fine, until he discovers that his big boss (Fred MacMurray)'s girlfriend is the object of his own affection, elevator operator Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine).

It's a quiet, character-driven comedy about shady dealings in the world of big business, with just enough touching dramatic scenes to tug at your heart. "The Apartment" won the 1960 Best Picture Oscar, thanks to the excellent cast and honest script. Nobody played the Everyman character as well as Lemmon. He's involved in an unsavory situation, but is so sweet, likeable, and noble that you really care about him. MacLaine gives an uncharacteristically subdued and thoughtful performance, and MacMurray is perfect as her philandering paramour. The beautiful title tune is one of the loveliest movie love themes ever. The subject matter was considered somewhat racy back then, but now it would probably be rated PG today. Clever, sweet, and entertaining movie.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By Hiro
Format:DVD
Am not talking about Delia Smith... I watched this film when I was 12, and still love it.

The scenes were meant to be very cool and modern at the time the work was released, And, 37 years later on, amazingly, the film still is as just cool and modern, and the film now also has the air of romantic nostalgia.

Jack Lemmon is a great actor. He acts a meek young man in this film - a bit like a male Bridget Jones in 1960s, dare I say. But his acting is superb. Watch the short scene when he makes spaghetti with meat balls (very American). Even though this film is monochrome, you can almost smell the evocative smell of the pasta he is making.

This one is to be watched around Christmas with someone you love on a sofa in a warm room - not that I have done this yet...
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wilder Comic Genius 6 Sep 2007
By PJC
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The comic genius of Billy Wilder was never better illustrated than by this bitter sweet romantic comedy. It's focus ranges from the general with its' seering indictment of the corporate world to the particular and a wonderful exploration of the central characters's lives in the persons of Lemmon, MacLaine and MacMurray.

Lemmon's performance as the central "everyman" or John Doe character caught between career enhancement and love, is superb. MacLaine provides a wonderfully tragic heroine and McMurray is immoral corporate America personified.

Laughter freely mingles with tears as Lemmon struggles to assert his identity against a rising tide of corruption and infidelity. It's warm, it's funny, it's wonderfully evocative but most of all it makes you consider the ethics of the corporate world and their impact on society at large.

An all together superior romantic comedy
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic 1960s Love-Tangle Comedy-Drama 10 Mar 2008
Format:DVD
This is a classic film from the 1960s which deservedly won 5 Oscars (including Best Picture, Director and Screenplay ALL for Billy Wilder).

It is essentially a love comedy, but still manages to include some sinister undertones, to create a very entertaining story about a man attracted to another employee at the insurance company where he works, but where she is already involved with another man....

The lead actors, Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, beautifully portray their characters with verve and great emotion and there are several other contributors who add to the overall impact of the film.

Of course, the most influence factor is that of Wilder, who moves the plot along at a perfect pace and injects many moments of pure dramatic and comedic brilliance, courtesy of a faultless screenplay.

This DVD has an excellent picture quality, with only the occasional blemish appearing, and a clear soundtrack.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Apartment [1960] [Blu-ray] 26 Oct 2013
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The Apartment [1960] [Blu-ray] Winner of five 1960 Academy Awards®, including Best Picture,* The Apartment is legendary director Billy Wilder at his most scathing and satirical best. With audio commentary from film producer and AFI member Bruce Block and two documentaries – including a loving tribute to actor Jack Lemmon.

C.C. Baxter [Jack Lemmon] knows the way to success in business...it’s through the door of his apartment. By providing a perfect hideaway for philandering bosses, the ambitious young employee reaps a series of undeserved promotions. But when Bud lends the key to big boss J.D. Sheldrake [Fred MacMurray], he not only advances his career, but his own love life as well. For Sheldrake’s mistress is the lovely Fran Kubelik [Shirley MacLaine], elevator girl and angel of Bud’s dreams. Convinced that he is the only man for Fran, Bud must make the most important executive decision of his career: lose the girl...or his job.

FILM FACT: ‘The Apartment’ received 10 Academy Award nominations and won 5 Academy Awards at the 1960 33rd Academy Awards Oscars® and they were: Best Picture [Billy Wilder]; Best Director [Billy Wilder]; Best Writing (Original Screenplay) [Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond]; Best Film Editing [Daniel Mandell]; Best Art Direction, Set Directing [Black and White] [Alexandre Trauner and Edward G. Boyle]. The following were Nominated: Best Actor [Jack Lemmon]; Best Actress [Shirley MacLaine]; Best Supporting Actor [Jack Kruschen]; Best Cinematography (Black-and-White) [Joseph LaShelle]; Best Sound [Gordon E.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great film. Well worth it
Great film. Well worth it
Published 4 days ago by Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Some like it furnished
Wilder always made good films and although this is not my favourite of his it is very good. Wish I'd read the reviews beforehand as I missed the extras!
Published 7 days ago by Ochilview
4.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Grainy
A wecome release on Blu-ray but I found it a bit grainy and somehow not as bright as my standard release. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Pauly
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film, excellent transfer.;
First saw this on my mobile phone and loved it then so had to get the Blu-Ray.
This film is funny and dramatic with a little bit of romance thrown in for good measure. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Count Sorrow
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth watching
Saw this film with Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine many years ago and always wanted to see it again - and wasn't disappointed. Worth a lot more than the small amount paid for it!
Published 1 month ago by JD
5.0 out of 5 stars A very emotional story and well directed with a great cast.
This movie was one of my old favourites. It has never lost its appeal; in fact, I find it even more appealing. A very emotional story and well directed with a great cast.
Published 1 month ago by W. Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars a Classic
One of the best films ever made !!!
Published 1 month ago by ein kunde
5.0 out of 5 stars Ahead of its time....
Hard to believe this was made in 1960. Fully deserving its five Oscars, the film has stellar performances from Jack
Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine. Essential viewing!
Published 2 months ago by NEIL
5.0 out of 5 stars lemmon does it again
i always liked jack lemmons pictures, and this is in my top 5. looking to get more for my collection.
Published 3 months ago by jaarno
5.0 out of 5 stars "...It'll Be Our Little Secret..." - The Apartment on BLU RAY
It's November 1959 - and sat at Desk 861 in the towering New York City Central Office of Consolidated Life (the 5th biggest insurance company in the USA) - sits lowly worker C.C. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mark Barry
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