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S.O.B. (1981)



Critic Consensus: A sustained blast of unbridled vitriol from writer-director Blake Edwards, S.O.B. is one of the blackest -- and most consistently funny -- Hollywood satires ever put to film.

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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. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

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Richard Mulligan
as Felix Farmer
Julie Andrews
as Sally Miles
William Holden
as Tim Culley
Robert Preston
as Dr. Irving Finegarten
Larry Hagman
as Dick Benson
Robert Loggia
as Herb Maskowitz
Stuart Margolin
as Gary Murdock
Loretta Swit
as Polly Reed
Robert Vaughn
as David Blackman
Robert Webber
as Ben Coogan
Shelley Winters
as Eva Brown
Katherine MacMurray
as Tommy Taylor
Benson Fong
as Chinese Chef
John Pleshette
as Capitol Studios Vice- President
John Lawlor
as Capitol Studios Vice-President
Bert Rosario
as Gardner
Hamilton Camp
as Lab Manager
David Young
as Sam Marshall
Virginia Gregg
as Mortician's Wife
Byron Kane
as Mortician
Gene Nelson
as Clive Lytell
Paul Stewart
as Harry Sandler
Joe Penny
as Officer Phil Buchwald
Mimi Davis
as Joyce Benson
Stephen Johnson
as Officer Sutherland
Erica John
as Agnes - Costume Designer
Kevin Justrich
as Blanket Man on Beach
Kimberly Woodward
as Dick's Party Girl
Scott Allen
as Surfer on Beach
Corbin Bernsen
as Surfer on Beach
Neil Flanagan
as Ralph Himmler - The Editor
Jill Jaress
as Beach Girl
Todd Everett
as Guard/Cop
Fay McKenzie
as Beach Girl
Dave Morick
as Taxi Driver
Sharri Zak
as Chinese Cook
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Critic Reviews for S.O.B.

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (5)

It is quite clear that Edwards knows exactly what he is talking about, and relishes the opportunity so to do. S.O.B. is his best film since Breakfast At Tiffany's.

December 29, 2021 | Full Review…

Black comedy is a tough commodity to sustain and, after a broad start, Edwards quickly finds a deft balance that paints a cockeyed, self-contained world that comfortably supports its exaggerated characters.

July 22, 2008 | Full Review…

It seems more like an expectorant for Edwards' bile than an entertainment aimed at an audience.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's a nasty, biased, self-serving movie that also happens to be hilarious most of the time.

August 30, 2004

What I regard as Edwards' crowning achievement. It is a wickedly funny, impeccably cast, ingeniously subversive satire of the Hollywood film industry.

March 10, 2003 | Full Review…

A would-be Jonsonian satire on Hollywood, or Freddie Bartholomew Fair, the film is as misconceived as it is ill-executed.

December 29, 2021 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for S.O.B.

I mostly watched this to see Julie Andrews 45 yr old boobies. Guess what? They were fantastic! The movie was decent too, but no masterpiece.

Wu Chouin
Wu Chouin

Super Reviewer


I saw this a million years ago but i think i liked it.

Lee Kyle
Lee Kyle

Super Reviewer


This movie has an amazing cast and a great deal of potential but it's a little too all over the place. But...it has one of my favorite things in the world of movies...Squeaky clean actors I like/love doing/saying inappropriate things! Julie Andrews appears topless and says some bad words and, for me, that makes it almost worth recommending.

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer

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