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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...
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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/24/2012
  • UPC: 883316486085
  • Original Release: 1981
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Region Code: 0
  • Time: 2:01:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 19,338

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
Corbin Bernsen
Neil Flanagan
Virginia Gregg Mortician's Wife
Jill Jaress
Julia Jennings
Stephen Johnson
Byron Kane Mortician
John Lawlor Capitol Studios Vice-President
Len Lawson
Shelby Leverington
Fay McKenzie
Bill McLaughlin
Tony Miller
Dave Morick
Charles Parks
James Purcell
Bert Rosario Gardner
Gay Rowan
Borah Silver
Ken Smolka
Henry Sutton
Noel Toy
Sharri Zak
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
Todd Everett Guard/Cop
Gene Nelson Clive Lytell
Joe Penny Officer Buchwald
John Pleshette Capitol Studios Vice-President
Paddy Stone Barker
Erica Yohn
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 Jr. 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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Menu

Disc #1 -- S.O.B.
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   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Cast & Crew
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Français
      Subtitles: Engish
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Português
      Subtitles: Chinese
      Subtitles: Thai
      Subtitles: Korean
      Subtitles: Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    julie andrews bares all

    i'm not sure how this movie was made but i think it was more personal to the star & director? so much was made of julie andrews taking off her top but it seemed almost repugnant the 1st time i saw this movie while highschool. i enjoy watching/collecting all her movies/music & flew to broadway to watch her final performance of victor/victoria but this movie didn't seem to do her any more justice than '10' so i assume it was an artistic statement rather than attempt to make a classic like sound of music or pink panther

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Some cute moments but mainly frenetic.

    Many known names can be seen in this film. Think that those who are in the inside of making movies would see more than just the usual movie goer. Some funny scenes toward the end, but overall strange. Not one I would recommend.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

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    Julie Andrews bares her beautiful chest and the story line is all about that scene. This is all about the VIEW and if this means nothing to you then the movie is nothing.

    Willaim Holden and Larry Hagman are within their characters. The story is based on Hollywood /film buisness and what does it take to have a hit. Climax to movie is Andrews asking "Did you come to see my BOOBIES". And they are beautiful!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2002

    Edwards Gives The Finger To Hollywood

    S.O.B. is one of my top ten all time favorite movies. Getting fed up with the way Hollywood conducts its business Edwards assembles an all star cast to show people how the ''delicate geniuses'' really are off screen and behind the screen. I fell in love with this movie shortly after it came out in 1981 thanks to the advent of cable tv. I watch it frequently and am amazed that the movie has such comic and dramatic depth. This also was William Holden's final performance. Holden died shortly after the release of S.O.B. Another reason to make this film part of your library Rick Schatz Louisville Kentucky

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    Posted March 4, 2009

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