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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sally Miles
... Tim Culley
... Mavis
... Dick Benson
... Herb Maskowitz
... Gary Murdock
... Felix Farmer
... Dr. Irving Finegarten
... Willard
... Polly Reed
... David Blackman
... Ben Coogan
... Eva Brown
Jennifer Edwards ... Lila
... Babs


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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1 July 1981 (USA)  »

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Final film of Fay McKenzie. See more »


After Babs (Rosanna Arquette) goes out onto Felix's deck to sunbath, her character disappears from the film for a whole 30 minutes before suddenly reappearing by Lila's side to hitchhike back into town. See more »


Dr. Irving Finegarten: Come to think of it, why should I give you a vitamin shot? I'm the one with the hangover. B-12, B-Complex, Crude Liver, and a generous jolt of adrenal cortex. Chased by a Bloody Mary. L'chaim!
Tim Culley: I thought that was a chaser.
Dr. Irving Finegarten: Where would Salk or Pasteur be if they hadn't taken chances?
[Turns to Lila]
Dr. Irving Finegarten: Now Lila, in order to inject this properly I have to expose my gluteus maximus.
Lila: Want me to do it for ya?
Dr. Irving Finegarten: Are you perchance a nurse?
Lila: No, I used to be a junkie.
Dr. Irving Finegarten: Would it endanger your amateur standing if...
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12 April 2001 | by See all my reviews

"S.O.B.", which is Blake Edwards' masterpiece, is a masterful and wicked satire of Hollywood. This is Edwards' revenge for Hollywood's shallow treatment of him during his 1968-1975 "down" period in which he made a series of quite good flops which died at the boxoffice.

In fact, Edwards uses one of those flops, 1970's "Darling Lili", which I gave three stars, as the backstory of "S.O.B." Let me describe to you what happened with that film, as to give you the flavor of what this film is about: In 1968-1970, Blake Edwards made Darling Lili, his first film with his wife Julie Andrews. It cost over 40 million dollars and took 3 at the box office. It was also savagely panned by the critics. Anyway,an undeterred Edwards withdrew the film, edited it down from 145 mins to 113 mins, took out the comic relief and rereleased it;here it did well enough to break even.(Today, the 113 minute cut is the one most often shown on TV)Critics liked the new version.

In "S.O.B.", Edwards takes everything one step further to create a savagely hilarious comedy. Everything works here. Everything. The opening credits sequence, in which he see the "Darling Lili" surrogate Night Wind play out (it's supposed to be BAD, so relax), to the great slapstick sequences (Mulligan's suicide attempts are particularly funny) to the ontarget performances which include Andrews, cast against type as a rich bitch actress, William Holden as the director, Richard Mulligan as the Blake Edwards surrogate and especially the great Robert Preston as the local Dr. Feelgood (called Finegarten in this; preston should have received a nomination for his good work)There are also many other Edwards veterans in the cast such as Robert Webber, Craig Stevens and Stuart Margolin, just to name a few.

Seeing this film once is just not enough. It demands multiple viewings because each time you find something new to enjoy and laugh at. Most of all, it makes you think about what occurred. And in the age of asinine so called comedies such as "Tomcats", "Joe Dirt" and "Deuce Bigelow", finding a rare and distinctive comedy like "S.O.B" is a real treasure. It's a real shame that Edwards has retired from theatrical films, just think of what he could say today. Fortunately, "S.O.B." has remained fresh and original.

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