A movie producer who made a huge flop tries to salvage his career by revamping his film as an erotic production, where its family-friendly star takes her top off.

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Tim Culley
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Mavis
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Dick Benson
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Herb Maskowitz
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Gary Murdock
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Felix Farmer
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Dr. Irving Finegarten
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Willard
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Polly Reed
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David Blackman
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Ben Coogan
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Eva Brown
Jennifer Edwards ...
Lila
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Babs
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Felix Farmer is an extremely successful Hollywood producer, whose movies for Capitol Pictures have never lost money,... until now, with his latest, most expensive film to date, Night Wind, ending up being a major flop. The film, starring his popular Academy Award winning actress wife, Sally Miles, who has a G-rated screen image, almost bankrupts the studio. As such, the studio execs turn on Felix, who want to take over creative control of the movie and re-edit it to lessen the damage. It also turns Felix suicidal, his mental state which in turn leads to Sally leaving him and taking their two children with her. As Felix tries and tries again unsuccessfully to kill himself, he finally stumbles upon an idea which gets him out of his depression. He plans to use his and Sally's money to purchase the movie back from the studio, and re-imagine it by adding a few new scenes, to drastically altar it from the G-rated fantasy film it is, to an R-rated sex romp, complete with Sally baring her ... Written by Huggo

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Trivia

First of two movies that Robert Preston made with director Blake Edwards. The second was Victor Victoria (1982). See more »

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When Felix Farmer re-encounters Harrigan, now working as a security guard at a film lab, he tells Harrigan he's "late for a very important date," to which Harrigan replies, "Oh, like 'Alice in Wonderland' ... the March Hare!" Actually, it was the White Rabbit (specifically, in Disney's movie version) that was "late for a very important date," not the March Hare. See more »

Quotes

Ben Coogan: [Observing Sally Miles on the set, who is acting noticeably high after Dr. Finegarten's dressing room injection] Is she gonna' be all right?
Dr. Irving Finegarten: [matter-of-factly] Well, it depends on what you mean by "all right." I once cured an amateur skydiver of acute acrophobia. Now, you could say he was all right, because he was able to jump. But you could also say he was *not* all right, because he was so stoned he neglected to open his parachute.
Ben Coogan: You know, Irving, you're a real *twat*!
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A gem -- with ALOT of "insider" jokes, so take note from one who's been there!
31 December 2002 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

I discovered this film on Cable-TV on a wonderfully programmed channel called "Z" in Los Angeles in the late 80's when they had a week long Blake Edwards Director's focus. Until that time, the only thing I thought Blake Edwards did was "The Pink Panther" which was not my kind of film(s) but was okay.

S.O.B. is a funny yet sobering look at Hollywood. This is a film from a director that literally bites the hand that fed him. And as PC as we are today, a film such as this one could never be made on this scale. Many of the characters portrayed reminded you of folks who were more prominent in the 50's, 60's and 70's although it also reminded me of several people in the 80's, 90's and 2000's as well. But Edwards hits hard at it all, including the career his own wife, Julie Andrews. (And yes she does have great ta-tas under that Peter Pan suit!)

This film will be a bit uneven for those who aren't very familiar with the above the line and below the line workings of Hollywood. Edwards leaves no stone unturned from the lowley Assistants to the snazzy Producers and studios, from being on top and living high in Hollywood to what happens when you die, even your damn funeral is an Academy Award event!!!

This is about everyone that makes Hollywood tick and everyone who thinks because they work in the system -- is the system. It's over 20 years later and I think this will be one of those films that will grow better with age...and knowledge. I recommend this film as a top film to see for anyone wanting "in" in Hollywood, and for those who want to be on the outside looking in. A really talented, daring film.


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