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The Apartment

  • Comedy
  • Fantasy
  • 1960
  • Billy Wilder
  • 122 mins
  • PG

Summary

Oscar-winning comedy drama starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine. Determined to speed his progress on the corporate ladder, insurance clerk CC Baxter loans out his apartment to his bosses for their extramarital "entertaining".

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

This classic from Billy Wilder sees Jack Lemmon's put-upon, snuffling insurance clerk CC Baxter basically offer his apartment to his superiors so that they can indulge in extramarital trysts. That he does it in return for promotions that never come makes "Buddy Boy" Baxter a sad case indeed. But Wilder cleverly veils the plot's darker side and operates the movie as a light romantic comedy. He is helped immensely by Lemmon's skilled performance, which instantly earns our sympathy, and his character's redemption comes when Shirley MacLaine's elevator girl - mistress of unscrupulous boss Fred MacMurray - gets in a fix and he comes to her aid. From such potentially edgy material Wilder and co-writer IAL Diamond sculpt an unforgettable romance that won five Oscars, including best picture, direction and screenplay.

Credits

Cast

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CC "Bud" BaxterJack Lemmon
Fran KubelikShirley MacLaine
JD "Jeff" SheldrakeFred MacMurray
Mr DobischRay Walston
Mr KirkebyDavid Lewis (1)
Dr DreyfussJack Kruschen
SylviaJoan Shawlee
Miss OlsenEdie Adams
Margie MacDougallHope Holiday
Karl MatuschkaJohnny Seven
Mrs DreyfussNaomi Stevens
Mrs LiebermanFrances Weintraub Lax
The blondeJoyce Jameson
Mr VanderhofWillard Waterman
Mr EichelbergerDavid White (1)
BartenderBenny Burt
Santa ClausHal Smith

Crew

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DirectorBilly Wilder

Details

Theatrical distributor
Park Circus
Released on
2012-06-15
Languages
English
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Black and white
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