1 videodisc (125 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Originally produced as an American motion picture in 1960.
Special features: Commentary with film historian Bruce Block [audio feature]; Inside "The Apartment" [featurette] (30 min.); Magic time: The art of Jack Lemmon [featurette] (13 min.).
Director of photography, Joseph LaShelle ; music by Adolph Deutsch ; art director, Alexander Trauner ; film editor, Daniel Mandell.
Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray, Ray Walston, Jack Kruschen, David Lewis, Hope Holiday, Joan Shawlee, Naomi Stevens, Johnny Seven, Joyce Jameson, Willard Waterman, David White, Edie Adams.
How far will a man go to climb the corporate ladder? C.C. 'Bud' Baxter, a lowly insurance clerk, has a trump card: his apartment. He "loans" it out to married company executives for secret trysts. In return, he's well looked after, although he does grapple with his conscience. One day he asks out one of the elevator girls, Miss Kubelik, but she stands him up because of a crisis in her relationship with the big boss, Mr. Sheldrake. On Christmas Eve, Miss Kubelik realizes she is only the most recent in a long line of girls, with possibly disastrous consequences. Bud intervenes, which may give each of them a chance to be more than another faceless employee in a heartless corporation.
MPAA Rating: Not rated; Canadian Home Video rating: 14A.
DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, Dolby digital mono; wide screen, aspect ratio 2.35:1.
In English, dubbed French or Spanish, with optional subtitles in English or Spanish; closed-captioned in English.
Academy Awards, 1961: Best art direction, best director, best editing, best picture, best screenplay.
National Film Registry selection, 1994.
Winner, 1961 Academy Awards for Best Art Direction/Set Decoration, Black-and-White: Alexandre Trauner, Edward G. Boyle; Best Film Editing: Daniel Mandell; Best Writing, Story and Screenplay-Written Directly for the Screen: Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond; Best Director: Billy Wilder; Best Picture: Billy Wilder.