S.O.B. (1981)

R  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Culley
Dick Benson
Herb Maskowitz
Gary Murdock
Felix Farmer
Dr. Irving Finegarten
Polly Reed
David Blackman
Ben Coogan
Eva Brown
Jennifer Edwards ...


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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The man who painted the panther pink, and taught you how to count to "10" now gives you Hollywood bull... at it's funniest and sexiest. See more »




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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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The character of Sally Miles was somewhat inspired and influenced by the actress playing her, Julie Andrews. The Miles character, whose shared the same last name as real life British actresses Sarah Miles and Sylvia Miles, like Andrews, was associated with family/children's films, and somewhat typecast with that, and struggled to break-out of this perception, something which also had been part of Andrews' career. See more »


When the nurse enters the hospital room to give Polly Reed a shot, something falls off the tray she's carrying. See more »


Dr. Irving Finegarten: He bought her this boat on their 14th wedding anniversary. They sailed her to Catalina. Sally flew home. I don't think Felix has been on her more than once or twice since then.
Ben Coogan: No wonder Sally wants a divorce.
Dr. Irving Finegarten: Because he bought her a boat?
Ben Coogan: Well, he's only been on her once or twice since!
Dr. Irving Finegarten: On the BOAT!
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What's wrong with this movie when it's so true?
3 January 2003 | by (West Lafayette, Indiana) – See all my reviews

People may hate this movie for the exact reason it was made: it blew the facade off Hollywood, exposing it for the cutthroat atmosphere that it is. Both Julie Andrews & Blake Edwards had every reason to hate Hollywood for what they did to them (chastising Blake for his indulgence, boxing Julie into a corner with sticky-sweet roles), so this wicked satire was their way of firing back & people either got the joke & were offended or didn't get it & just hated the movie for what it was. No doubt the film industry had the former reaction, proved by the little publicity the film received. Moviegoers probably thought more the latter, causing it to flop at the box-office & not exactly giving Julie & Blake the better opportunities they were looking for (both have found it difficult to find films outside of the stereotypical ones they made their name with). Some thought the famous breast-baring shots of Julie were gratuitous & shameful, yet they were the point of the film: wanting to evolve in the name of art & being talked out of it in the name of commerce. A movie like S.O.B. might actually play better today because such diatribes against the movie industry by its employees can find an audience who are now much wiser to the evil workings of the business (notice how THE PLAYER & SUNSET BOULEVARD are classics today, recognized as such by the industry they set out to skewer).

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