Twenties musicians Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon flee from Chicago mobsters after witnessing the St Valentine’s Day Massacre, join an all-girl jazz band disguised as women and make the acquaintance of Marilyn Monrie’s sweet and sexy Sugar Kane…
Hard to believe, but Billy Wilder’s classic comedy Some Like It Hot had American censors furrowing their brows back in 1959 with its salacious mixture of snappy mobsters and comic cross-dressers, not to mention Marilyn Monroe squeezing herself into a series of increasingly tight dresses. Of course, these days it all seems so innocent and one can appreciate the superb performances, not least Tony Curtis’s pitch-perfect imitation of Cary Grant.
Certificate 12A. Runtime 121 mins. Director Billy Wilder.
Some Like It Hot is back in cinemas from 18 July, opening at BFI Southbank, Irish Film Institute, Filmhouse Edinburgh, Glasgow Film Theatre and selected cinemas nationwide.