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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.

Director:

Blake Edwards

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Blake Edwards
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... Lila
Rosanna Arquette ... Babs
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Felix Farmer (Richard Mulligan) is an extremely successful Hollywood producer, whose movies for Capitol Pictures have never lost money, until now, with his latest, most expensive movie to date, "Night Wind", ending up being a major flop. The movie, starring his popular Academy Award winning actress wife, Sally Miles (Dame Julie Andrews), who has a G-rated screen image, almost bankrupts the studio. As such, the studio executives 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 movie it is, to an ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama

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For the scene where Dame Julie Andrews bares her breasts, Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) thanked her for "showing us that the hills were still alive", referencing her famous song lyric from The Sound of Music (1965). See more »

Goofs

When Felix Farmer re-encounters Harrigan, now working as a security guard at a film lab, he tells Harrigan he's "late for a very important date," to which Harrigan replies, "Oh, like 'Alice in Wonderland' ... the March Hare!" Actually, it was the White Rabbit (specifically, in Disney's movie version) that was "late for a very important date," not the March Hare. See more »

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The Guru: Ladies and gentlemen, we are gathered here today to bid farewell to a great man and a loving friend. Who had given us some great pictures: Cyclone City, Dream Angel, Hellbent for Texas, Love on a Pogo Stick, Modern Rust, Earth Rise, Crème De La Crème, Tall Man from Tennessee, Chicken at The Wheel, Sea Dog, Invasion of The Pickle People, Odyssey of Pain, Pagan Plunder, and his last & greatest moving-picture extravaganza - Night Wind. But what greater tribute than to quote from the Hollywood ...
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Happy Birthday
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
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scattered but biting satire
8 April 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Felix Farmer (Richard Mulligan) is a highly successful producer. He goes crazy when his latest release is a colossal bomb. The star is his wife Sally Miles (Julie Andrews) with a squeaky clean G-rated image. She wants a divorce but her team talks her out of it. Felix snaps out of it and buys Sally's next movie intending to turn it into an erotic musical. Sally is angry at Felix for using all of their money and reluctantly takes the risk of doing a nudie. It becomes a highly sought after property.

It's a bit scattered in the beginning following a lot of characters. The heart of this is a dark biting satire. The comedy isn't always the funniest but it takes really sharp jabs at Hollywood. I was starting to really like this movie and then it takes a turn into Weekend at Bernie's territories. I love Blake Edwards taking dark comedic turns on Hollywood but some of it doesn't work.


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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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,867,086
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Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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