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The Seven Year Itch

  • Comedy
  • Romance
  • 1955
  • Billy Wilder
  • 100 mins
  • PG

Summary

A bored publisher revels in his new-found freedom after his wife and son go away to the country. When a beautiful but naive actress moves in upstairs, he is tempted to turn his fantasies of an affair with her into reality. But even in his dreams, his conscience has a way of tripping him up. Billy Wilder's comedy, starring Marilyn Monroe, Tom Ewell, Evelyn Keyes and Oscar Homolka.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Famous for the moment when Marilyn Monroe lets the updraft from a subway ventilation shaft lift her skirt, this Billy Wilder comedy gave a catchphrase to the nation and a new insight into marriage. It follows the summer misadventures of Manhattan publisher Tom Ewell, whose imagination goes into overdrive when his wife and children go off on holiday. Alone for the first time in years, Ewell starts to fantasise about the voluptuous blonde (Monroe) who moves into the apartment upstairs. If you haven't seen it before, you could well wonder what all the fuss was about, but in the more prudish 1950s this film, and the George Axelrod Broadway hit it was based on, were very risqué indeed. The film is still very funny, and beautifully played by Monroe and Ewell (plus veteran Victor Moore as a plumber - don't ask!), but the attitudes have dated. Just make allowances for the period and enjoy yourself.

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Credits

Cast

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The GirlMarilyn Monroe
Richard ShermanTom Ewell
Helen ShermanEvelyn Keyes
Tom McKenzieSonny Tufts
Mr KruhulikRobert Strauss
Dr BrubakerOscar Homolka
Miss MorrisMarguerite Chapman
PlumberVictor Moore

Crew

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DirectorBilly Wilder

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Released on
1955-07-29
Languages
English
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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