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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 224320756
UPC: 883904252627
UPC 14: 00883904252627
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Editor's Note
Billy Wilder's THE APARTMENT blends his customary harsh cynicism with a humane streak that appears only fleetingly in his films. It stars Jack Lemmon as C.C. Baxter, an office clerk who curries favor with the executives in his office by giving them the key to his small apartment for the odd afternoon dalliance. Among them his is his callous boss, J.D. Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray), who Baxter eventually learns is using his place to sleep with Miss Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine), the sweet elevator operator the clerk has loved from afar. When Sheldrake coldly dumps the vulnerable young woman, she tries to commit suicide, but is saved by the intervention of Baxter. As the clerk lovingly nurses the young woman back to health he begins to realize, with the help of epigrammatic neighbor Dr. Dreyfuss (Jack Kruschen), exactly how much of a fool he has been. Wilder brilliant depiction of the average American office as a place of brutality, coldness, and alienation conjure up Kafka and Marx. The director seduces the audience into what appears to be an unusually frank sex comedy, but turns the tables in displaying the consequences of the executive's cold indifference. Lemmon and MacLaine both give career performances and MacMurray is memorable as the blandly smiling snake.


Video Features Widescreen

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Mgm Entertainment
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/21/2014
Video Play Time Running Time: 125 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1960
Video UPC UPC: 00883904252627
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: B&W

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Ray Walston
Video Cast Info Joan Shawlee
Video Cast Info Naomi Stevens
Video Cast Info Hope Holiday
Video Cast Info Jack Lemmon
Video Cast Info Joyce Jameson
Video Cast Info Fred MacMurray
Video Cast Info Edie Adams
Video Cast Info Jack Kruschen
Video Cast Info David Lewis
Video Cast Info Shirley MacLaine
Video Cast Info Billy Wilder - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info I. A. L. Diamond - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Joseph La Shelle - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Adolph Deutsch - Composer
Video Cast Info Billy Wilder - Producer
Video Cast Info Daniel Mandell - Editor
Video Cast Info Billy Wilder - Director

Memorable Quotes

"Miss Kubelik, one doesn't get to be a second administrative assistant around here unless he's a pretty good judge of character, and as far as I'm concerned you're tops. I mean, decency--wise and otherwise--wise."----C.C. Baxter (Jack Lemmon) to Miss Kubelick (Shirley MacLaine)

"You know, I used to live like Robinson Crusoe----shipwrecked among eight million people. Then one day I saw a footprint in the sand, and there you were."----Baxter to Kubelick

Professional Reviews

Total Film
"...This seductive, bittersweet 1960 classic was Billy Wilder's last great film....Its layers of satire and genuine tenderness resonate..." -- 5 out of 5 stars 01/01/2000 p.101

Entertainment Weekly
"...Fresh....[MacLaine's performance] breaks through Lemmon's brittle good cheer..." -- Rating: A- 10/21/1994 pp.70-2

Ultimate DVD
5 stars out of 5 -- "Lemmon gives on of his best performances ever, in a part written specifically for him..." 05/01/2008 p.89

Chicago Sun-Times
"By the time he made THE APARTMENT, Wilder had become a master at a kind of sardonic, satiric comedy that had sadness at its center." 07/22/2001

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