Apartment, The (1960)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Jack Lemmon C.C. Baxter
Shirley MacLaine Fran Kubelik
Fred MacMurray J.D. Sheldrake
Ray Walston Mr. Joe Dobisch
Edie Adams Miss Olsen
David Lewis Mr. Al Kirkeby
Jack Kruschen Dr. Dreyfuss
Joan Shawlee Sylvia
Hope Holiday Margie MacDougall
Johnny Seven Karl Matuschka
Naomi Stevens Mrs. Mildred Dreyfuss
Dorothy Abbott
Movie Details
Genre Comedy; Drama; Romance
Director Billy Wilder
Producer Billy Wilder; I.A.L. Diamond; Doane Harrison
Writer Billy Wilder; I.A.L. Diamond
Studio United Artists; MGM (Video & DVD)
Language English
Audience Rating NR
Running Time 2 hr 5 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
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 unsavory 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 C.C. 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 humored 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 longtime collaborator I.A.L. Diamond). --Robert Abele
Personal Details
My Rating
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Index 876
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 11/20/03
Purchase Price $10.00
Store Target
Owner JC
Links IMDB
Amazon US
Folder 007
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 B&W (Anamorphic)
2.35:1
Layers Single side, single layer
UPC 027616862686
Chapters
Release Date 2001
Subtitles French; Spanish
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Mono
SPANISH: Dolby Digital Mono
English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Black & White Closed-captioned Widescreen