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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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Release Date:

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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Sally Miles: [High on muscle relaxers] Oh... Hi, Polly. Come to see my boobies?
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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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