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Some Like It Hot

  NR Closed Captioning

Billy Wilder

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Plot Summary

Two musicians, Joe (Tony Curtis) and Jerry (Jack Lemmon), are thrown out of work when the speakeasy they performed in-owned by mob boss Spats Columbo (George Raft)-is raided by Prohibition agent Mulligan (Pat O'Brien) and closed. Finally, after three long weeks of unemployment, Joe and Jerry get a gig in Urbana. But first they must get their car out of the garage chosen by the mob for the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. Hiding behind their car, Joe and Jerry witness the whole thing. Targeted for extinction, Joe and Jerry never show their faces again. There is an opening for a saxophonist and a bass player in an orchestra managed by one Sweet Sue (Joan Shawlee) all-woman orchestra. They get the job! On the way to Florida, they meet Sweet Sue's lead singer, Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 49
  • Fresh: 47
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 8.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Some Like It Hot does cool off considerably now and again, but Mr. Wilder and his carefree clowns keep it crackling and funny most of the time. – A.H. Weiler, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: Lemmon digs out most of the laughs in the script. As for Marilyn, she's been trimmer, slimmer and sexier in earlier pictures. – TIME Magazine, May 20, 2011

Fresh: Pictures like this, with a sense of humor that is as broad as it can be sophisticated, come along only infrequently. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Wilder's 1959 comedy is one of the enduring treasures of the movies, a film of inspiration and meticulous craft. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jan 20, 2006

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Customer Reviews

A great classic

"Well nobody's perfect." This movie's famous line definatly does not fit with the storyline of this movie. Because "Some Like it Hot" is a perfect movie. This movie is a great classic, and should be viewed by everyone. The comedic pairing of Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis is fantastic, and adding in the beauty of Marilyn Monroe makes this movie a must see. True comedy without sex, swears, or drugs involved.

One of the Greatest Comedies Ever

Billy Wilder's 'Some Like it Hot' is a near perfect comedy. It has smart writing, great lines, originality, and actors who play characters who act as other characters (and quite well). Very funny. On a more historical note, the most famous line from this film is also the most representative phrase of Wilder's career and is part of the epitaph on his tombstone. This is a great film. Please watch.

This movie is a staple in a movie collection!

Some Like It Hot, a movie that has it all when talking about a comedy. Actually, this movie could be the very definition of what a comedy is. Billy Wilder is one of my favorite directors, and he certainly does not disappoint here. Now that they have this movie, when are they going to release The Apartment, my favorite movie of Wilder's? I hope soon. Enjoy this movie! If you are ever at the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, check out one of the channels, because it plays this movie 24/7 due to a part of it being filmed there, just a fyi!