Billy Wilder Giftset

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By directing and writing most of his films, Billy Wilder made a name for himself by going against the norm. The Billy Wilder Film Collection includes four of his classics: THE APARTMENT: COLLECTOR'S EDITION, THE FORTUNE COOKIE, KISS ME, STUPID, and SOME LIKE IT HOT: SPECIAL EDITION!

THE APARTMENT: Winner of five 1960 Academy Awards 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 business...it'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 make the most important executice decision of his career: lose the girl...or his job.

THE FORTUNE COOKIE: Powered by Walter Matthau's Oscar-winning performance as the quintessential All-American chiseler, THE FORTUNE COOKIE is a hysterically funny comedy that showcases filmmaker Billy Wilder at his uproarious best. Harry Hinkle (Jack Lemmon) is one lucky guy! When he's accidentally clobbered by a 220-pound halfback, all Harry suffers is a slight concussion. All, that is, until Whiplash Willie (Matthau) -- a legal scoundrel of the first order -- arrives on the scene! For if Harry follows shyster Willie's advice and feigns a crippling injury, the two charlatans can split a cool million in phony insurance claims. But can Willie's world-class finagling dispel those ominous words that lie within the fortune cookie on Harry's hospital plate: You can't fool all of the people all of the time?

KISS ME, STUPID: Dean Martin is full of charm, wit and snappy one-liners in this "sly, irreverent, brash and daring comedy" (The Film Daily) from the legendary team of Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond (SOME LIKE IT HOT, THE APARTMENT)! When the world-renowned singer "Dino" (Martin in a hilarious self-parody) passes through Climax, Nevada, he doesn't count on meeting two would-be songwriters with a plan to trap him there and serenade him with their songs. But then again, they weren't counting on Dino's insatiable appetite...for wine and women! And when one of the men learns that his own wife was once president of Dino's fan club, he hires a replacement wife (Kim Novak) to help lure the carousing star into a song-buying mood!

SOME LIKE IT HOT: When Chicago musicians Joe (Tony Curtis) and Jerry (Jack Lemmon) accidentally witness a gangland shooting, they quickly board a southbound train to Florida, disguised as Josephine and Daphne, the two newest and homeliest members of an all-girl jazz band. Their cover is perfect...until a lovelorn singer (Marilyn Monroe) falls for Josephine, an ancient playboy (Joe E. Brown) falls for Daphne, and a mob boss (George Raft) refuses to fall for their hoax!

Specifications

Studio Fox Home Entertainment
SKU 206615634
UPC 883904102786
UPC 14 00883904102786
Format DVD
Keywords
1960s
Black Comedy
Gangsters
Infidelity
On-The-Run
Scams And Cons
Editors Note
Note This collection contains the following Billy Wilder films: THE APARTMENT: COLLECTOR'S EDITION, THE FORTUNE COOKIE, KISS ME STUPID, and SOME LIKE IT HOT: SPECIAL EDITION. See individual titles for descriptions.
Directors
Billy Wilder
Actors
Marilyn Monroe
Dean Martin
Jack Lemmon
Walter Matthau
Cast & Crew
Billy Wilder - [All] Director
Dean Martin - [Kiss] Actor
Felicia Farr - [Kiss] Actor
Fred MacMurray - [Apartment] Actor
George Raft - [Some] Actor
Jack Lemmon - [Apartment, Fortune, Some] Actor
Judi West - [Fortune] Actor
Kim Novak - [Kiss] Actor
Marilyn Monroe - [Some] Actor
Ray Walston - [Kiss] Actor
Ray Walston - [Apartment] Actor
Ron Rich - [Fortune] Actor
Shirley MacLaine - [Apartment] Actor
Tony Curtis - [Some] Actor
Walter Matthau - [Fortune] Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1959
Catalog ID 110278
UPC 00883904102786
Number of Discs 4
Running Time 495 minutes
Color B&W
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen/Anamorhic Widescreen  2.35:1/1.66:1
Awards
Winner (1967) Oscar, Walter Matthau, [Fortune] Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Winner (1961) Oscar, Edward G. Boyle, Alexander Trauner, [Apartment] Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White,Oscar, Billy Wilder, [Apartment] Best Director,Oscar, Daniel Mandell, [Apartment] Best Film Editing,Oscar, Billy Wilder, [Apartment] Best Picture,Oscar, Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond, [Apartment] Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen
Winner (1960) Oscar, Orry-Kelly, [Some] Best Costume Design, Black-and-White
Reviews
ReviewSource Variety
Review [Fortune] Producer-director-writer Billy Wilder presents in "The Fortune Cookie" another bittersweet comedy commentary on contemporary US mores. Generally amusing (often wildly so) but overlong, the pic is pegged on an insurance fraud in which Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau are the conspirators...Original screenplay is by Wilder, paired for seventh time with I.A.L. Diamond. Plot turns on the complications following TV cameraman Lemmon's accidental injury at the hands of grid star Ron Rich. Matthau, shyster lawyer and Lemmon's brother-in-law, sees fancy damages in the injury, and exwife Judi West smells money in a fake reunion with Lemmon...Lemmon, confined perforce to sickroom immobility (bandages, wheelchair, etc) is saddled most of the time with the colorless image of a man vacillating with his conscience over the fraud, and its effect on Rich, whose playing has deteriorated from remorse...Title derives from a scene where Lemmon breaks a fortune cookie, only to find inside Abraham Lincoln's famous aphorism about fooling all/some people all/some of the time.
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ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource The Village Voice
Review [Kiss] A grimly suggestive and unexpectedly tender bedroom farce, Billy Wilder's Kiss Me, Stupid is a true film maudit--condemned by the Catholic Legion of Decency and savaged by almost every American reviewer when it was released for Christmas in 1964. In the Voice, Andrew Sarris called Kiss Me, Stupid "another exercise in joylessly jejune cynicism." The kindest notices opined that it really wasn't much nastier or more labored than Wilder's previous comedies...But fashions change, and well before his death this year at 95, Wilder had become a lovable relic whose place in the people's pantheon of post-war Hollywood directors had begun to rival Sir Alfred Hitchcock's. Kiss Me, Stupid is unlikely to inspire a Broadway musical, top an AFI poll, or birth a hundred-dollar coffee-table book, but it could burnish Wilder's posthumous reputation--especially as the crisp new 35mm black-and-white print that opens Friday for a week at Film Forum reinstates the original version of a scene the panicked studio excised during previews.
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Reviewer J. Hoberman
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review [Some] From its start with a police raid on Spats' speakeasy to its finish featuring one of the most famous lines of dialogue in movie history, Some Like It Hot delivers hilarity the way Spats' Tommy gun spits bullets: rat-a-tat-tat. This was a famously unhappy production with Wilder, Lemon, and Curtis having to deal with Monroe at her most physically and emotionally fragile, a state that resulted in countless retakes and numerous delays for the production. None of that is apparent on the screen that crackles with Wilder's energetic direction and Wilder and writing partner I.A.L. Diamond's sparking wit...The performances are seamless, as well...Monroe's performance perfectly blends innocence and sensuality and belies her off-screen emotional meltdown. Curtis deftly moves between his various personas, his Josephine more prim and ladylike than Lemmon's Daphne...There's a reason, though, why it was Lemmon who garnered most of the acting acclaim for the movie: his is a performance of such exquisite timing and barely concealed hysteria that the impulse to laugh is there even before he opens his mouth or moves a muscle. Comic acting doesn't get any better than this.
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Reviewer Pam Grady
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review [Apartment] There is a melancholy gulf over the holidays between those who have someplace to go, and those who do not. ''The Apartment'' is so affecting partly because of that buried reason: It takes place on the shortest days of the year, when dusk falls swiftly and the streets are cold, when after the office party some people go home to their families and others go home to apartments where they haven't even bothered to put up a tree...When Billy Wilder made ''The Apartment'' in 1960, ''the organization man'' was still a current term. One of the opening shots in the movie shows Baxter as one of a vast horde of wage slaves, working in a room where the desks line up in parallel rows almost to the vanishing point. This shot is quoted from King Vidor's silent film ''The Crowd'' (1928), which is also about a faceless employee in a heartless corporation. Cubicles would have come as revolutionary progress in this world...Wilder was fresh off the enormous hit ''Some Like it Hot'' (1959), his first collaboration with Lemmon, and Lemmon was headed toward ''The Days of Wine and Roses'' (1962), which along with ''The Apartment'' showed that he could move from light comedian to tragic everyman. This movie was the summation of what Wilder had done to date, and the key transition in Lemmon's career.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
Features
DVD, Italian
Product Attributes
Actor Wilder,Billy
Label Mgm Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Geoff Andrew, Time Out [Kiss] ...clever and brash, it's helped out enormously by the performances of Martin, Farr and (particularly) Novak...
Metro Weekly [Some] A dazzling screwball that holds up decades later.
Michael Thomson, BBC Online [Some] One of the greatest comedies ever.
Nell Minow, Movie Mom [Kiss] Stunningly subversive, even for Wilder.
Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall [Apartment] Quite simply one of the finest comic romances ever made.
The New York Times [Apartment] Gleeful! Ingenious! A smashing good comedy!
TV Guide's Movie Guide [Fortune] A very funny film...a deft mixture of cynicism, wit and idealism as only writer-director Wilder could do it.
Vincent Canby, The New York Times [Fortune] Mr. Wilder's last film and a comedy of unrelieved vulgarity, but it has style and taste.
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