3 Stars

One of the most beloved films of all time, this sizzling masterpiece by Billy Wilder set a new standard for Hollywood comedy. After witnessing a mob hit, Chicago musicians Joe and Jerry (Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, in landmark performances) skip town by donning drag and joining an all-female band en route to Miami. The charm of the group’s singer, Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe, at the height of her bombshell powers) leads them ever further into extravagant lies, as Joe assumes the persona of a millionaire to woo her and Jerry’s female alter ego winds up engaged to a tycoon. With a whip-smart script by Wilder and I. A. L. Diamond, and sparking chemistry among its finely tuned cast, Some Like It Hot is as deliriously funny and fresh today as if it had just been made.


  • Billy Wilder
  • United States
  • 1959
  • 121 minutes
  • 1.85:1
  • English
    • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    • Audio commentary from 1989 featuring film scholar Howard Suber
    • New program on Orry-Kelly’s costumes for the film, featuring costume designer and historian Deborah Nadoolman Landis and costume historian and archivist Larry McQueen
    • Three making-of documentaries
    • Appearance from 1982 by director Billy Wilder on The Dick Cavett Show
    • Conversation from 2001 between actor Tony Curtis and film critic Leonard Maltin
    • French television interview from 1988 with actor Jack Lemmon
    • Trailer
    • PLUS: An essay by author Sam Wasson

    New cover by F. Ron Miller

    November 13, 2018

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Ronald Epstein