S.O.B.

S.O.B.

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Director: Blake Edwards

Cast: Blake Edwards, Julie Andrews, William Holden, Marisa Berenson

     
 

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In this biting comedy satirizing Hollywood cynicism from writer-director Blake Edwards, Felix Farmer (Richard Mulligan) is a motion picture director whose career is on the skids. Having just completed a family musical that is sure to be a $30 million flop, Felix knows that his days are numbered and tries unsuccessfully to commit suicide. When he recovers, Felix… See more details below

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In this biting comedy satirizing Hollywood cynicism from writer-director Blake Edwards, Felix Farmer (Richard Mulligan) is a motion picture director whose career is on the skids. Having just completed a family musical that is sure to be a $30 million flop, Felix knows that his days are numbered and tries unsuccessfully to commit suicide. When he recovers, Felix suddenly has a brainstorm and hatches a scheme to buy the film back from his studio and lens new scenes that will turn it into a pornographic movie with big stars, a sure-fire box office winner. In order to pull it off, he'll need to convince his female lead and wife, Sally Miles (Julie Andrews, not coincidentally the director's real-life wife) to defy her wholesome, squeaky-clean public image by baring her breasts on film. S.O.B. (1981) was the final film of legendary actor William Holden.

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Although it is steeped in mordant wit, S.O.B. is much more than just a comedy. Blake Edwards's poison-pen valentine to Hollywood is equal parts comedy and drama. For every gut-busting slapstick gag, there's a finely observed bit of backdoor wheeling and dealing or an unexpectedly touching moment of pathos. Edwards' script (partially inspired by his and Andrews's experiences with their legendary flop Darling Lili) occasionally lags a bit in terms of pacing because it attempts to juggle so many characters and satirical targets at one time. Nevertheless, this problem is more than made up for by the script's endlessly quotable dialogue and its array of fascinating, sharply etched showbiz characters. S.O.B. further benefits from a dream cast that gives their all to bring Edwards' biting tale to life. Richard Mulligan is both achingly poignant and delightfully unhinged as Felix, Julie Andrews fully delivers on the comedic and dramatic fronts as she gleefully trashes her goody-two-shoes image, and William Holden brings a totally believable "Hollywood lifer" sense of weariness to Cully. The supporting performances are just as skillful, especially Robert Webber's hysterical turn as a perpetually exasperated press agent and Loretta Swit's tongue-in-cheek performance as a foul-mouthed gossip columnist. However, the film's biggest scene-stealer is Robert Preston, who deals out an endless stream of eye-wateringly funny quips with razor sharp timing as the delightfully verbose quack, Dr. Feingarten. In short, S.O.B. brims with enough detail and wit to overcome its occasional excesses and is well worth a look for anyone interested in Hollywood-minded satires.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/24/2012
UPC:
0883316486085
Original Release:
1981
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Archives
Region Code:
0
Time:
2:01:00
Sales rank:
2,361

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Scott Allen Actor
Corbin Bernsen Actor
Neil Flanagan Actor
Virginia Gregg Mortician's Wife
Jill Jaress Actor
Julia Jennings Actor
Stephen Johnson Actor
Byron Kane Mortician
John Lawlor Capitol Studios Vice-President
Len Lawson Actor
Shelby Leverington Actor
Fay McKenzie Actor
Bill McLaughlin Actor
Tony Miller Actor
Dave Morick Actor
Charles Parks Actor
James Purcell Actor
Bert Rosario Gardner
Gay Rowan Actor
Borah Silver Actor
Ken Smolka Actor
Henry Sutton Actor
Noel Toy Actor
Sharri Zak Actor
Katherine MacMurray Tommy Taylor
Jennifer Edwards Lila
Paul Stewart Harry Sandler
Benson Fong Chinese Chef
Larry Storch Guru
Ken Swofford Guard
Rosanna Arquette Babs
David Young Sam Marshall
Charles Lampkin Butler
Hamilton Camp Lab Manager
Pat Colbert Actor
Todd Everett Guard/Cop
Gene Nelson Clive Lytell
Joe Penny Officer Buchwald
John Pleshette Capitol Studios Vice-President
Paddy Stone Barker
Erica Yohn Actor

Technical Credits
Blake Edwards Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Tony Adams Producer
Lynn H. Guthrie Co-producer
Henry Mancini Score Composer
Rodger Maus Production Designer
William Craig Smith Art Director
Paddy Stone Choreography
Harry Stradling Cinematographer
Theadora Van Runkle Costumes/Costume Designer
Ralph Winters Editor

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- S.O.B.
1. Polly-Wolly-Doodle Credits [3:35]
2. On the Beach [4:23]
3. Culley and the Cutthroats [7:18]
4. Fresh Air For Felix [5:10]
5. Spins and Needles [3:59]
6. The Drop on Polly [3:33]
7. Happier if Not Healthier [3:55]
8. How Polly Feels [2:54]
9. Party! [4:19]
10. Orgy Visitor [3:36]
11. Bang! Comes the Answer [2:34]
12. Negotiations [6:23]
13. Who Wrote Last Tango? [3:38]
14. Sally Miles Swears! [2:15]
15. Power Plays [2:20]
16. Polly-Wolly-Doodle Redux [4:27]
17. My Body Says No [5:48]
18. Crashing a Closed Set [2:07]
19. Hypo of Courage [2:03]
20. Topless [3:12]
21. Surrounded by Sharks [4:04]
22. "They Stole My Film!" [4:13]
23. Shootout at the Vaults [5:22]
24. S.O.B. (All the Way) [3:11]
25. Body Snatchers [3:02]
26. Car and Corpse Trouble [5:32]
27. At His Own Wake [2:13]
28. Hollywood Funeral [3:58]
29. Viking Funeral [5:31]
30. Coda and End Credits [2:39]

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