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5.0 out of 5 stars They Should All be Like This
Wouldn't it be great if all movies were this good? This funny? This wise? This clever? This heartfelt? This true? My favorite Jack Lemmon movie. He plays a perfect schmuck who discovers himself. My favorite Shirley MacLaine movie. She plays a sweet but wounded modern girl who wises up. My favorite Billy Wilder movie. A perfect ear for dialogue and eye for mannerisms in...
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2.0 out of 5 stars A CINEMATIC TREASURE GETS LOWLY TREATMENT ON DVD
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...
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5.0 out of 5 stars They Should All be Like This, July 6 2004
This review is from: The Apartment (DVD)
Wouldn't it be great if all movies were this good? This funny? This wise? This clever? This heartfelt? This true? My favorite Jack Lemmon movie. He plays a perfect schmuck who discovers himself. My favorite Shirley MacLaine movie. She plays a sweet but wounded modern girl who wises up. My favorite Billy Wilder movie. A perfect ear for dialogue and eye for mannerisms in his adopted country. Fred McMurray turns in a perfect performance as a shameless cad. No reason not to own this on dvd.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A now classic,returns in a special edition, April 21 2013
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Robert Badgley (St Thomas,Ontario,Canada) - See all my reviews
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The Apartment(released June/60)stars,among others,Jack Lemmon as C.C.Baxter,Shirley MacLaine as Fran Kubelik,Fred MacMurray as Jeff D. Sheldrake,Ray Walston as Joe Dobisch and Jack Kruschen as Dr. Dreyfuss.These oldies but goodies don't cross my desk too much anymore(the shame),but when they do I dive in for all it's worth.This"oldie but goodie" was nominated for five OSCARS and caught two for best picture and best director.And director Wilder is in top form here throughout,as is his two main stars MacLaine and Lemmon.
The story finds Lemmon working as an accounting clerk in a high rise New York City office building.Lemmon is your everyman,working nine to five,or in this case 8:50 to 4:20.Lemmon is the go-to guy for four of his bosses who have regular on-going trysts.That is,when the bosses need some alone time with their women,Lemmon,a bachelor himself,loans out his place to whoever asks first.It is a long standing thing with Lemmon going back before he even joined the company.It is not above the pale for his temporary guests to ask for a stocked liquor cabinet and food,when needed.Lemmon has even gone so far as to cover up these trysts at his place to his fellow tenants and landlady.Lemmon makes it seem like HE is the Casanova to end all Casanova's.
Now Lemmon may be a soft touch,but he has hopes his"generosity" with his bosses will someday be rewarded.And that day eventually comes.His four bosses` recommendations get the attention of the big boss,played by Fred MacMurray.Now Fred isn't a slouch either,and he knows what is behind all those glowing recommendations by Lemmon's bosses.Just when Lemmon thinks he is in for that promotion,Fred throws Lemmon a curve.If Lemmon plays ball with him he will get that promotion.All Lemmon has to do is let Fred use his apartment from time to time.Ever faithful and discreet,Lemmon of course goes along with the big boss.
As all these events have progressed we have been privy to Lemmon's crush for MacLaine who operates one of the elevators.Fred asks Lemmon for his apartment key for a particular night so he may bring his girlfriend there,in exchange he has given Lemmon two tickets for the Music Man on Brodway.Lemmon of course asks MacLaine to join him,who says she will meet him there at 8:30.The night goes on and Lemmon is still standing outside the theater as the play begins....stood up.Next day Lemmon returns a compact back to Fred telling him the mirror is cracked inside,and it wasn't his fault.
Xmas eve comes and Lemmon is at work enjoying the office party.He and MacLaine are in his office and when Lemmon asks MacLaine how his new derby looks on him,she hands him her compact.When he opens it up he sees the broken mirror and realizes who Fred's girlfriend is.Lemmon is crushed,but says nothing.
Later that night Fred and MacLaine are at Lemmons apartment and MacLaine is upset at some facts about Fred she heard from his secretary about the number of women he has had.Fred leaves and MacLaine stays behind,and tries to commit suicide with some sleeping pills she finds in Lemmon's bathroom cabinet.Lemmon arrives home with someone he has picked up at the bar but finds MacLaine prostrate on his bed.In short order he realizes what has happened,sends the girl from the bar packing and gets the doctor from next door.It is a close call but MacLaine comes out of it.When MacLaine finally comes to enough to know where she is and whose apartment she is in she is mortified.Lemmon,like always,tries to make it look like this all happened because of him,with his fellow tenants and landlord and contacts his boss to get him to talk with MacLaine.
Two days later Fred is back at work and fires his secretary who tattled on him.And he calls in Lemmon who he promotes with an office right next door to his.Lemmon and Fred have a confrontation when Lemmon at first refuses any more use of his apartment.(He has truly fallen for MacLaine).Lemmon eventually caves when Fred makes it clear his job will be in jeopardy,but he has had enough and quits.On New Years eve Lemmon is at home packing up his things in his apartment as he plans to move,while MacLaine and Fred are out at a party.Fred`s ex secretary also tattled on his wife,and now Fred is staying at the `Y`.It is here,at midnight,that Maclaine finally comes to the realization that she is now in love with Lemmon.She rushes out and over to Lemmons apartment and the film fades as two happy people sit playing gin rummy as the new year rings in.
The movie has everything you could want,great direction,editing,acting,writing and a broad range of emotions covered throughout from comedy to pathos and everything in between.
Wilder starts the proceedings as if this was a comedy.Slowly but surely though we come to realize that Lemmon's loaning out of his apartment is going to have some unforeseen consequences.And eventually it does,but not quite in the way one would expect,and that's what is really fine about this film.The little almost puppy love thing between Lemmon and MacLaine is something to watch. Lemmon is giving out with all the doting,while little of it is returned in kind,as we come to find out MacLaine has someone else on the line;and of all people his own big boss.Then we see Lemmon`s heart literally crushed before our eyes when he realizes the compact belongs to MacLaine and who it is in her life.Does Lemmon become bitter at MacLaine??No,he becomes her white knight when she tries to kill herself and supports her all the way back to health,even covering up for her.MacLaine,who has complained she`s always fallen in love with the wrong men,much to our delight,finally realizes that her true love has been staring her in the face all this time.Wilder brings it all home and it leaves you with a warm feeling.Watch for Mrs.Ernie Kovacs,Edie Adams,playing MacMurray`s secretary.Funny,but when I first saw this film back in the day,I remember thinking,`God,does every executive in an office,and who are married,all have affairs like this??`.While the film certainly has that element in it,I`m a little older now(and maybe a little wiser...just a little)and realize there`s much more going on than just that.
Technically speaking the film is in its w/s a/r of 2:35:1 and is generally clear and crisp.This edition`s extras include two featurettes and commentary.
All in all a wonderful film directed by veteran Wilder.Everyone involved is on game here.A great movie with a great cast.Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must See Classic, Dec 6 2009
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A fantastic movie from beginning to end. Top notch writing and acting. You will not be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "I love you, Miss Kubelik.", Oct. 9 2006
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Kona (Emerald City) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Apartment (DVD)
Buddy Baxter (Jack Lemmon) is a meek and mild nobody in an enormous insurance company who has an "arrangement" with his superiors: They can use his apartment to entertain their ladyfriends in exchange for recommendations for his promotion. The deal works out fine, until he discovers that his big boss (Fred MacMurray)'s girlfriend is the object of his own affection, elevator operator Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine).

"The Apartment" is a quiet, character-driven comedy about shady dealings in the world of big business, with just enough touching dramatic scenes to tug at your heart, and it won the 1960 Best Picture Oscar, thanks to the excellent cast and honest script. Nobody played the Everyman character as well as Lemmon. He's involved in an unsavory situation, but is so sweet, likeable, and noble that you really care about him. MacLaine gives an uncharacteristically subdued and thoughtful performance, and MacMurray is perfect as philandering paramour. The beautiful title tune is one of the loveliest movie love themes ever. The subject matter was considered somewhat racy back then, but now it would probably be rated PG. A clever, sweet, and entertaining movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute Gem from Lemmon and Wilder, June 2 2004
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Mark J. Fowler "Let's Play Two!" (Blytheville, Arkansas (The "the" is silent)) - See all my reviews
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Mr. Lemmon figured prominently in a good dozen of the best films ever made, and he is at the absolute top of his game in "The Apartment" as C.C. Baxter - an up and coming business man who makes his way through the corporate ranks faster than usual by making his apartment available to higher executives to carry on affairs without paying for hotel rooms. This is probably a borderline premise for a romantic comedy today, and it must have seemed absolutely scandalous 44 years ago, but the truth is that it is very contemporary in tone today while also being funny, thoughtful and poignant. It's too bad there's noone as clever as Billy Wilder making Romantic Comedies today. Shirley Maclaine has never been better, and anyone who grew up watching Fred MacMurray in "My Three Sons" or any of those Disney films will be surprised to see him playing an absolute scumbag in this movie. The dialogue is witty and sharp and the acting is crisper than a fresh celery stick. This is a good time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No Rain, April 12 2004
This review is from: The Apartment (DVD)
I'm not going to rain on anybody's parade. This is a terrific movie, and lots of other reviewers have already ticked off all of the things that make it terrific. It's smart and sophisticated, with plenty of witty dialogue. Although some of the details are dated, such as the interminable rows of pencil pushers at desks with adding machines, the underlying office politics are just as real and just as nasty today as ever. The acting is great. Not only are Lemmon and MacLaine wonderful together, the rest of the cast is also excellent.
The only thing I have to add is that, despite clever lines, funny scenes and an acceptably happy ending, THE APARTMENT is as much a drama as it is a comedy. The seamy undercurrent of office politics and the way people ruthlessly use each in their personal relationships gives this little tale a grim, almost vicious, feel at times. Much of what you see in THE APARTMENT is not the least bit funny.
Not to be repetitive, but this is an outstanding movie. If you haven't seen it, you should. It's not really a family movie, though. True to the period in which it was made, there's no overt sexual content, but there are definitely adult themes and kids probably wouldn't fully "get" what's going on, anyway. Be that as it may, THE APARTMENT would be a great addition to almost any classic movie collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!, March 19 2004
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Jennifer C. Strype (Minden, Ontario Canada) - See all my reviews
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This is Jack Lemmon at his best. I think this movie was funny, witty and had everything most storylines in today's films lack......depth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bud's success is an open door policy..., March 1 2004
This review is from: The Apartment (DVD)
'Bud' Baxter (Jack Lemon) works for an insurance company in New York and throughout his career he has seen the slow process of few people advancing within the company. However, Bud has found the quick way for professional success and progress as he lends out his apartment to his superiors. The apartment functions as a love nest for his bosses as they can continue their secret love affairs unhindered . Regularly Bud has to return late at night as his superiors are leaving his apartment after a rendezvous with a mistress. This is wearing out Bud both emotionally and physically as he must clean up the mess and deal with the neighbors gossip. When the head of the company wants to borrow his key to his apartment he does not only advance his career, he also discovers the woman of his life. But it comes with a price as he must chose between his career and love.
Billy Wilder is canny as he crafts this story about Bud and the escapades around his apartment. There are two factors that Wilder uses that make the film readily available for a large audience. First Wilder tells a story which people can relate to and second he makes it a comedy, which makes people laugh. These two simple steps are fundamental for a successful film. In addition, Wilder displays his remarkable storytelling skills as he creates this comedy with serious undertones similar to some of William Shakespeare's comedies and this offers depth and makes this film also a good one. In the end, Wilder leaves the audience with a first class story that offers a brilliant cinematic experience as it leaves the audience with a message.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Goodies In One Apartment, Feb. 3 2004
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David Anderson (St. Cloud, MN) - See all my reviews
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"The Apartment" is a great drama release from 1960 starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine. It rightfully won five Oscars, including Best Picture. Its plot of a man who lends people his apartment for affairs while getting nothing in return is brilliant. Meanwhile, the love theme always keeps audiences interested. Such combination of complex stories, plus others, placed into one movie keeps the theme ahead of its time. The writers know the perfect scenes to add more drama. Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine have the perfect chemistry between each other as actors. Both performed their roles wonderfully. Their expressions alone keeps the dramatic theme intact. "The Apartment" is great for those looking for a great, unique drama. This movie experience will answer why it's become a classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic!, Nov. 5 2003
This review is from: The Apartment (DVD)
I first saw The Apartment on TCM and I thought it was fantastic. It is a dramatic movie with some witty dialogue and is about a man named C.C. Baxter played by Jack Lemmon being taken advantage of by his superiors who use his apartment for their extra marital affairs with promises of rising up the corporate ladder and when they put in a good word for him with the boss he gets promoted and when the boss played by Fred MacMurray finds out about the arrangement with the apartment he makes Baxter give him a key so he can use the apartment for his trysts with his mistress Fran Kuberlik who also happens to be the sweet elevator operator at work that Baxter has a crush on. Of course it can be said that Baxter was also taking advantage of the situation with his apartment to get ahead at work. I don't want to give away too much information about this movie and spoil it for anyone who hasn't seen it so I will just give that brief description and say that Jack Lemmon was great as Baxter and Shirley MacLaine was wonderful as Miss Kuberlik and Fred MacMurray was good as the boss and his character was so different than the loveable Dad he played in My Three Sons. In this movie his character is so cold and calulating but he did a great job of it and I highly recommend this movie on DVD which I think was done very well, yeah maybe some scenes show it's age a little with the white flickering spots but it's pretty mild and kind of adds to the charm of watching a black and white movie. This movie at the time it was made could have been filmed in color but was intentionally filmed in black and white and I think it really fits the mood of the film. I very highly recommend The Apartment!
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