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Some Like it Hot

Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon have a riot in cinema’s great screwball comedy of errors and cross-dressing.

Dir-Scr-Prod Billy Wilder
With Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon
USA
1959
121min
UK Distribution Park Circus Limited

It’s 1929 and musicians Joe (Tony Curtis) and Jerry (Jack Lemmon) have the misfortune to witness Chicago’s St Valentine’s Day Massacre. On the run from mobsters, they flee to Miami with Sweet Sue and Her Society Syncopators, featuring one Sugar ‘Kane’ Kowalczyk (Marilyn Monroe). Their only problem is that it’s an all-female band, so Joe and Jerry assume new identities: Josephine and Daphne. The genius of Billy Wilder and his three leads delivers a film that’s belly-laugh funny. But what sets it apart is its subversion, playing fast and loose with gender, sexuality and morality in a way that still feels joyously modern. ‘Nobody’s perfect!’ might be the film’s immortal final line, but 60 years on no other big screen comedy comes quite as close to perfection as this.

Robin Baker

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Restored by Park Circus in collaboration with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and The Criterion Collection.

Part of Comedy Genius.

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