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S.O.B. (1981)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 1 July 1981 (USA)
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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Blake Edwards

Writer:

Blake Edwards
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Andrews ... Sally Miles
William Holden ... Tim Culley
Marisa Berenson ... Mavis
Larry Hagman ... Dick Benson
Robert Loggia ... Herb Maskowitz
Stuart Margolin ... Gary Murdock
Richard Mulligan ... Felix Farmer
Robert Preston ... Dr. Irving Finegarten
Craig Stevens ... Willard
Loretta Swit ... Polly Reed
Robert Vaughn ... David Blackman
Robert Webber ... Ben Coogan
Shelley Winters ... Eva Brown
Jennifer Edwards Jennifer Edwards ... Lila
Rosanna Arquette ... Babs
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The S.O.B. See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Monica, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$14,867,086
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to Wikipedia, a Spanish dub of the film keeps the acronym S.O.B., claiming that it stands for "Sois hOnrados Bandidos" (You Are Honest Crooks). Notice that the second word begins with a mute H, not with an O. The Argentine title for the movie was changed to "Se acabó el mundo" (The World is Ended), having no relation to the original title. See more »

Goofs

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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Felix Farmer: If you want to dramatize the evils of prostitution, corrupt a virgin, not a whore!
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Referenced in Knots Landing: Secrets (1981) See more »

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Funny, moving, wicked and Julie Andrews flashin' and cussin'
30 July 1999 | by SquirePMSee all my reviews

ONLY ONE MOVIE gives us the best all time performances from Richard Mulligan, Robert Webber and Loretta Swit, coupled with over-the-top turns by Julie Andrews, Robert Vaughn, William Holden and the amazing Robert Preston as Dr. Finegarten. ("Madam, a shyster is an unethical lawyer! *I* am a *QUACK*!")

Blake Edwards has been a huge success despite, not because of, the Hollywood system. In S.O.B. he throws it right in their faces, making an "A" movie filled with "A" stars that attacks, slices, dices, grinds up and flushes the moviemaking establishment.

Oh, this is a wicked, wicked film. Sam Goldwyn and the other old moguls would have sent a hit man after Edwards.

The performances and the story are too intense to describe piecemeal. This is the undefeated world champion dissection of Hollywood.

And FUNNY! What a HOWL! And Julie Andrews, what a TROUPER!


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