So Fine

So Fine

Director: Andrew Bergman, Ryan O'Neal, Jack Warden, Mariangela Melato

Cast: Andrew Bergman, Ryan O'Neal, Jack Warden, Mariangela Melato

     
 

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Trying to recreate the screwball comedy success of his collaborations with Peter Bogdanovitch, actor Ryan O'Neal headlined this sporadically funny mixture of light farce and social satire. O'Neal stars as Bobby, an intellectual English professor who leaves his job when his father Jack (Jack Warden) appeals to him for help. A garment manufacturer, Jack is in serious

Overview

Trying to recreate the screwball comedy success of his collaborations with Peter Bogdanovitch, actor Ryan O'Neal headlined this sporadically funny mixture of light farce and social satire. O'Neal stars as Bobby, an intellectual English professor who leaves his job when his father Jack (Jack Warden) appeals to him for help. A garment manufacturer, Jack is in serious debt to humongous loan shark Eddie (Richard Kiel), and he desperately needs his business to provide the capital to pay Eddie back. Completely by accident, Bobby invents the solution to his dad's problem: see-through denim blue jeans with strategically placed holes in the rear that expose one's backside. The fickle public goes mad over the "sexy" new style, and the money starts flowing in, but Bobby exacerbates his father's problems greatly when he falls for and begins dating the amorous Lira (Mariangela Melato), whose husband is none other than Eddie. So Fine was the feature directorial debut of popular Blazing Saddles (1974) writer Andrew Bergman, who would wait eight years before getting behind the camera again with the much more successful The Freshman (1990).

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
Writer/director Andrew Bergman hadn't yet found his stride when he fashioned -- for lack of a better word -- this raunchy screwball farce. Very much in line with the late-'70s hangover zeitgeist that inspired such adult-excess comedies as Arthur, Carbon Copy, The Woman in Red, and S.O.B., and the rest of Blake Edwards' output at the time, So Fine trades in unsophisticated puns and would-be trenchant satire with varying degrees of success. Though the irreverent premise might have struck a chord with the "nothing comes between me and my Calvins" generation, it hasn't held up well in the post-Howard Stern era. Besides, Bergman seems less interested in skewering the fashion industry than he does in resorting to standard mob-boss-pursues-debtor comic clichés. But while So Fine may never be described as erudite, it at least offers a few fleeting grown-up pleasures -- which is more than can be said for its progeny, the endless string of '80s teen-oriented ranch-o-ramas ushered in by Porky's that same year.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/03/2009
UPC:
0883316215746
Original Release:
1981
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:31:00
Sales rank:
32,994

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ryan O'Neal Bobby
Jack Warden Jack
Mariangela Melato Lira
Richard Kiel Eddie
Fred Gwynne Chairman Lincoln
Mike Kellin Sam Schlotzman
David Rounds Prof. McCarthy
Joel Stedman Prof. Yarnell
Jessica James Vicki
Howard Feuer Actor
Lenka Peterson Actor
Angela Pietropinto Sylvia
Jeremy Ritzer Actor
Anthony Sirico Actor
Michael Lombard Jay Augustine
Bruce Millholland Sir Alec
Merwin Goldsmith Dave
Irving Metzman Accountant
Lois de Banzie Waitress in House of Pancakes
Rick Lieberman Rick
Michael LaGuardia Mr. Eddie's Associates
Chip Zien Wise Guy in Disco
Bill Luhrs Gas Station Attendant
Dick Boccelli Lino
Lydia Laurans Manicurist
Margaret Hall Saleslady
Sally Jane Heit Shopper
James Hong Oriental Man #1
Danny Kwan Oriental
Paul Price Man in Towel
Tyra Ferrell Receptionist
John Bentley Elevator Starter
John Stockwell Jim Sterling
Beverly W. May Mrs. Lincoln
Christopher Loomis Campus Cop
Alan Leach Buyer in Lobby
Webster Whinery Boy in Volkswagon
Gail Lawrence Nun
Bernie McInerney St. Paul Buyer
Pamela Lewis Buyer
Jim Jansen Conductor
Pierre Epstein Prompter
Judith Cohen Renata Canneloni
Donna Bailey So Fine Girl
Anita Morris So Fine Dancer
Terri Treas So Fine Dancer

Technical Credits
Andrew Bergman Director,Screenwriter
Les Bloom Set Decoration/Design
Bill Christians Costumes/Costume Designer
Jim Contner Cinematographer
Grover Dale Choreography
Paul Bryan Eads Art Director
Michael Haley Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Ray Hartwick Associate Producer
Alan Heim Editor
Mike Lobell Producer
Santo Loquasto Production Designer
Ennio Morricone Score Composer
Peter Norman Cinematographer
Rose Trimarco Costumes/Costume Designer

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