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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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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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Julie Andrews attended the UCLA Festival of Books on 27th April 2008 where she addressed the audience about the nude scene depicted in the film. Andrews described how the costume department rigged her costume for the 'ripping off' scene. See more »

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

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Tim Culley: What'd you give him?
Dr. Irving Finegarten: Oh, a pinch of this, a dash of that. Sometimes referred to in the trade as a Sleeping Beauty Boilermaker. Take no notice if he begins to levitate. It's a common side effect.
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Blake and Julie lash out in this frighteningly accurate skewering of Hollywood insiders...
9 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

S.O.B. was director Blake Edwards' own "All that Jazz", a self-indulgent, slightly over-the-top, slightly disguised look at a particularly period in his Hollywood career where he and wife Julie Andrews were treated pretty despicably by the Hollywood big shots who can make or break people in Hollywood with one telephone call. This film is loosely based on the time after Edwards had completed his wife's film STAR! and the studio hated it, wrested control of the film from Edwards, cut like an hour of footage from the film, retitled it "These Were the Happy Times" and then tried to shelve it. After all of this Edwards couldn't get arrested in Hollywood until he hit a bullseye with the 1979 comedy "10." But this 1981 comedy was a reminder to Hollywood bigwigs that Edwards had not forgotten their treatment of him. In S.O.B.(which, BTW, stands for Standard Operational Bull***t), Richard Mulligan plays the manic Hollywood director, Felix Farmer, who is suicidal after his film "Night Wind", starring his wife, Sally Miles (Julie Andrews) bombs miserably. Farmer is practically written off in Hollywood until he gets the inspiration to re-shoot the film as a near pornographic extravaganza and have his wife bare her breasts for the first time on screen. This uncompromising look at the inner workings of Hollywood may seem a little off the wall. These are not pleasant people for the most part and every character in the film, even Andrews, has their own agenda. The merciless screenplay is well executed by a glorious all-star cast backing up Mulligan and Andrews, including William Holden, Robert Vaughn, Robert Preston (hysterical as a doctor who gives out pills like candy), Robert Webber, Loretta Swit, Craig Stevens, Stuart Margolin, Shelley Winters, Marisa Berensen, Rosanna Arquette, Robert Loggia, and Larry Hagman. There are several funny scenes in this film and a lot of interesting things happen that by the time Andrews does bare her breasts, it is somewhat anti-climactic, but there is much to enjoy here for those willing to pay the attention that is required as the story is painted on a broad canvas with a lot of characters, but it is worth the trip and, after I saw it the first time, I wanted to see it again and again and think it is one of the great sleepers of 1980's.


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