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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

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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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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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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

One of eight films starring Julie Andrews and directed by her husband Blake Edwards. The others are 10 (1979), S.O.B. (1981), That's Life! (1986), Darling Lili (1970), The Tamarind Seed (1974), Victor Victoria (1982) (original feature film), Victor/Victoria (1995) (Broadway theatre version based on the original feature film, filmed/broadcast as a TV movie musical) and The Man Who Loved Women (1983). See more »

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Breaking Wind In Hollywood
3 May 2018 | by borromeotSee all my reviews

I never quite figure out Blake Edwards as a filmmaker. He had a side that was as sophisticated and poignant as it was funny. Think "The Party" or the first Pink Panther, the other side was pure commercialism without any regard for its audience. SOB is a blatant example of that. Here he even uses his characters to badmouth "Last Tango In Paris" - The premise is terrific for a biting Hollywood satire but a premise is just a premise. He has to resort to farting during a sequence that should have been a comedy showstopper. Hey he got his wife to go topless and his wife was Julie Andrews - he must have heard cash registers in his mind like Richard Mulligan's character when he decides to put his wife in a porno=erotic something or other to make zillions of dollars. Richard Mulligan plays his suicidal director like he was in a Mack Sennett routine. Outrageous and I'm tempted to say, unforgivable. I must also confess that made me uncomfortable to see William Holden in the middle of it all. Shelley Winter, Robert Preston, Stuart Margolin, Larry Hagman, Robert Vaughn even a glimpse of the very young Rossana Archette keeps the film going. Loretta Swit - of MASH fame - plays a gossip columnist in such a way that may very well explain why she didn't have much of a film career. So, even if I'm aware I've spent a couple of hours with a bunch of characters I hope I never meet in real life, SOB deserves to be seen if only because it is a piece of film history solidly set on its day.


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