So Fine

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,...
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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.
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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 clich├ęs. 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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/3/2009
  • UPC: 883316215746
  • Original Release: 1981
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Time: 1:31:00
  • Format: DVD

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