AFI Movie Club: SOME LIKE IT HOT – American Film Institute



SOME LIKE IT HOT features two AFI Life Achievement Award recipients – director Billy Wilder and star Jack Lemmon! SOME LIKE IT HOT also appears on four of AFI’s lists of the greatest America films – most notably ranked #1 on the AFI’s 100 YEARS…100 LAUGHS, which chronicles the funniest films ever to grace the silver screen. 


Watch Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford announce the film: 


Movie Trivia for SOME LIKE IT HOT: 

DID YOU KNOW the plot for SOME LIKE IT HOT was inspired by the 1951 German film FANFAREN DER LIEBE?

DID YOU KNOW that director Billy Wilder first approached Frank Sinatra and Anthony Perkins to co-star before landing on the iconic pairing of Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis?

DID YOU KNOW that United Artists initially wanted a bigger name than Jack Lemmon to headline the film? It was not until Marilyn Monroe was cast that Jack Lemmon was signed.

DID YOU KNOW that SOME LIKE IT HOT marked the first of seven films that Jack Lemmon made with director Billy Wilder? Another of their iconic collaborations is THE APARTMENT, which also appears across AFI’s lists of the greatest American films.

DID YOU KNOW that Tony Curtis returned to SOME LIKE IT HOT for a 2002 stage performance – in which he performed the role of Osgood Fielding III, originally portrayed by Joe E. Brown in the film? 

Learn more about SOME LIKE IT HOT in the AFI Catalog.


The movie doesn’t end at the credits: Family-friendly Discussion Questions

-What do you think the phrase “some like it hot” means? 

-What are some of your other favorite performances from SOME LIKE IT HOT stars Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe?

-What is your favorite film from director Billy Wilder?

-Why do you think SOME LIKE IT HOT is still so beloved after more than 60 years?

-How would you rate SOME LIKE IT HOT? 


Watch these AFI exclusive videos of  Tony Curtis and Jack Lemon on making SOME LIKE IT HOT:


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