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S.O.B. (1981)

 -  Comedy  -  1 July 1981 (USA)
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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
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Lila
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Babs
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A film-within-a-film: a fading movie producer has a plan for a successful movie: get a actress famous for her wholesome image to appear in the nude on the screen.... much like this film itself. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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1 July 1981 (USA)  »

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The S.O.B.  »

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SEK 1,446,703 (Sweden)
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This is the only Blake Edwards film to feature alumni from the Irwin Allen disaster movies of the 1970s. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Felix Farmer: Sally Miles swears!
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A Near-perfect Satire
11 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I "discovered" this movie on cable in the mid-late 80's and immediately fell in love with it. It's witty, scathingly funny and some of it is so rapid-fire that it requires viewing multiple times to catch all that is being said. I heard some Hollywood type espousing once that "stereotypes are only stereotypes because they're true." We've all seen the stereotypical, ego-centric Hollywood agents and other sycophants portrayed in various movies/shows/etc. but rarely have they all been assembled in one hysterical place and portrayed by such a star-studded rogues gallery! Robert Preston is my favorite as the perpetually drunk/stoned quack doctor, and William Holden's last performance as the aged, burned-out director is particularly poignant when he gives a brief speech of "encouragement" to Felix (Richard Mulligan) about consciously trying to kill himself with drugs, booze and sexual excesses for the past 40 years. So some of the "moments of truth" are not just realizations about the business itself, but about the actors playing the roles. An all-around great movie.


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