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The Apartment (1960)

Jack Lemmon , Shirley MacLaine , Billy Wilder  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (282 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray, Dorothy Abbott, Edie Adams
  • Directors: Billy Wilder
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: June 19, 2001
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (282 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CX8V
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,088 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Apartment" on IMDb

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Winner* of five 1960 Academy AwardsÂ(r), including Best Picture, The Apartment is legendary writer/director Billy Wilder at his scathing, satirical best, and one of "the finest comedies Hollywood has turned out" (Newsweek). C.C. "Bud" Baxter (Jack Lemmon) knows the way to success in's through the door of his apartment! By providing a perfect hideaway for philandering bosses, the ambitious young employee reaps a series of undeserved promotions. But when Bud lends the key to big boss J.D. Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray), he not only advances his career, but his own love life as well. For Sheldrake's mistress is the lovely Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine), elevator girl and angel of Bud's dreams. Convinced that he is the only man for Fran, Bud must makethe most important executive decision of his career: lose the girl...or his job. *1960: Director, Story and Screenplay, Editing, Art Direction (B&W)

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75 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Wilder-but not classic treatment for the DVD September 3, 2002
The Apartment is an insightful movie made by one of cinema's most talented directors. The plot is fairly simple, but C.C. Baxter's (Jack Lemmon) is anything but. By innocently lending out his apartment to a coworker, Baxter's residence becomes the love nest for his philandering colleagues. Along the way, Baxter develops a friendship with Fran Kubelik (Shirley Maclaine), one of several attractive female elevator operators. Baxter is rewarded for his generosity by getting promoted by Jeff D. Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray). Little does he realize that Fran is Sheldrake's latest plaything. The Apartment has all that you expect from the best of Wilder: great performances, witty dialogue, and a plot that holds to this day, even if most of the depiction of the corporate office environment has changed dramatically (When was the last time you saw an elevator operator?). The three stars provide great characterizations, with MacMurray the real surprise here playing against type. This film is also notable for solidifying the Wilder/Lemmon team. With The Apartment, Lemmon was no longer playing second male leads or supporting roles. A worthwhile film that is still enjoyable today, but the DVD version leaves much to be desired. The picture quality is good, but the looping (the sound synchronization) is off and very distracting. Don't know the reason for this, but considering this film's place in cinema history, I would have thought it would have gotten the A treatment. The DVD is a disappointment.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stay At The Apartment December 12, 2002
The Apartment is Billy Wilder's satirical look at office politics and the Man In The Grey Flannel Suit. Jack Lemmon stars as C.C. Baxter, a lowly office clerk in a huge corporation who is just another faceless working bee in an endless row of desks. When Baxter starts lending his apartment to executives in his firm so they can take their mistresses there, he finds himself moving up the corporate ladder. Although the constant loaning of his apartment starts to be an inconvenience, he keeps doing it as makes sense business wise. In meantime, he meets Fran, an elevator operator in his building, who is involved in affair with the big man in corporation, J.D. Sheldrake, played by Fred MacMurray. Mr. MacMurray is outstanding playing against type as the lascivious lowlife boss and philanderer (although is played another unscrupulous character quite well in The Caine Mutiny). Ms. MacLaine is excellent as the morose Fran who brings the situation between Baxter, Sheldrake and herself to head when she tries to commit suicide. Baxter must decide between his integrity and his career. Mr. Wilder masterfully fills the film with laughs and heart and his look at corporate politics is sharp and incisive. For his efforts, he yet again had a triple win at the Oscars, taking the 1960 Best Director, Screenwriting & Picture awards. The Apartment was also the last black & white film to win the Best Picture Oscar until Schindler's List (which has some elements of color) won in 1993.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flat Out Fantastic October 29, 1999
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This is not only one of the best romantic comedies ever made, it's one of the best films ever made, period. The screenplay structure is airtight and impeccable (expect nothing less from Billy Wilder), but the most interesting thing to me about it is that, even though the movie works as an essentially dialogue driven film, Wilder never neglects his duties as a visual artist. Every composition in this film is as beautiful as the dialogue is punchy. So much so that to watch this film without the letterbox would be a crime. Billy Wilder is a cinematic genius and The Apartment works as yet another piece of proof to that fact.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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Legendary director, Billy Wilder?s "The Apartment" is one of those little jabs of tawdry pleasure that crop up every once in a while. It?s the tale of an overworked office jockey, C.C. Baxter (Jack Lemmon) who wants so desperately to gain access to the executive suite that he starts renting out his apartment to company executives that are having affairs with their secretaries. Baxter?s shy repartee with elevator operator, Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine) seems promising enough for an office romance of his own. That is, until Baxter learns that Fran is in love with his boss, Jeff Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray). However, when Fran accepts that her affair with Jeff can go nowhere because he refuses to divorce his wife, she begins to realize her night in shining armor might not come with a key to the executive washroom, but is genuine and good for her nevertheless.
MGM DVD has done a below average job of remastering this DVD. The 2:35:1 anamorphic picture exhibits overly harsh, digital characteristics that are wholly unflattering. Though the gray scale is well balanced, offering fine detail, there are excessive amounts of shimmering, edge enhancement and aliasing throughout. Shadow delineation and contrast levels during the night scenes are poorly rendered. The soundtrack is mono and strident. There are no extras.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Nearly Perfect Film August 6, 2001
Most people consider Billy Wilder's best film to be SOME LIKE IT HOT, but while I love that movie, THE APARTMENT has not only been my favorite Billy Wilder film ever, but one of my favorite movies, period. Few movies have managed to blend together so many tragic, humorous, and romantic elements so completely and so well.
Over the years I had managed to see THE APARTMENT five or six times. Each time I had seen it either as a TV broadcast film or on VHS. Therefore, I had never seen it in widescreen format. Seeing it for the first time in its widescreen version brought the film home with greater power than ever. What a great movie!
The acting in this movie is utterly beyond reproach. In my opinion, this was Jack Lemmon's finest role. It is impossible to imagine anyone else playing C. C. Baxter. Cast anyone else in that role, and you have a lesser film. Although Fred MacMurray today is primarily remembered for his role on MY THREE SONS, he was also a highly capable villain, and he was never nastier than he was here. Shirley MacLaine was never more adorable than as Fran Kubelik. Unbelievably, she lost the Oscar that year to Elizabeth Taylor (for BUTTERFIELD 8. Although no one today would compare either Taylor's performance to MacLaine's in THE APARTMENT, at the time of the voting Taylor was seriously ill and appeared to be in danger of dying. Unfortunately, from time to time Oscars are awarded less on merit of performance, but for other reasons. For instance, in 1940, Jimmy Stewart won the Oscar for THE PHILADELPHIA STORY primarily because voters felt bad that he hadn't won the previous year for MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Two of greatest actors of all time. Hands down
Published 3 days ago by Miklos Fotos
2.0 out of 5 stars winks at marital infidelity and makes the good guy (Lemmon) out to be...
This film has not aged well. It is sexist, winks at marital infidelity and makes the good guy (Lemmon) out to be a schumck. Good acting, but cannot overcome cultural biases.
Published 5 days ago by Beaniegirl
1.0 out of 5 stars Yuck
Someone mentioned hopelessly dated, certainly, the sex jokes impossible, very unfunny. I tend to like Shirley Maclaine in anything but could not watch this at all, Jack Lemmon is... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Richard steingesser
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, fantastic, evocative movie with poignant music, incredible,...
Great, fantastic evocative movie with poignant music and truths about the single life and having a great apartment in the big city
Published 24 days ago by Medici
5.0 out of 5 stars good holiday movie
Great movie. Picture is good and sound is clear.
Published 26 days ago by Sean P.
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect movie.
Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, that's how it crumbles, cookie-wise. A perfect movie.
Published 28 days ago by C. Sherrill
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good old movie
Published 1 month ago by Frances Salorio
5.0 out of 5 stars "I guess that's the way it crumbles, cookie-wise"
THE APARTMENT is a classic comedy-drama, an indictment of American sexual mores at the end of the Fifties wrapped into a delightful, if offbeat, love story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Allen Smalling
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Jack Lemmon is great, movie shows typical rat race to get ahead.
Published 2 months ago by Robert Pizek
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie!
Published 2 months ago by Jenni
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