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
Craig Stevens
as Willard
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
Stiffe Tanney
as Jogger
David Young
as Sam Marshall
Virginia Gregg
as Mortician's Wife
Byron Kane
as Mortician
Paddy Stone
as Barker
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
Fay McKenzie
as Beach Girl
Todd Everett
as Guard/Cop
Dave Morick
as Taxi Driver
Sharri Zak
as Chinese Cook
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Critic Reviews for S.O.B.

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (3)

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.

Full Review… | July 21, 2008
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

S.O.B. is a poison pen letter to the industry, a film of undisguised hatred. Edwards' sense of the funny has sunk to sour insults.

Full Review… | February 2, 2016
People Magazine

Blake Edwards' outrageous S.O.B. may never be held in the same regard as Sunset Boulevard or The Player, but as a searing satire about the underbelly of the Hollywood lifestyle, it still ranks as one of the best.

Full Review… | June 14, 2012
Creative Loafing

Blake Edwards cleans house

Full Review… | September 25, 2009

Audience Reviews for S.O.B.


Anyone who loves the inner workings of Hollywood has to see this beyond-hilarious depiction of some wonderfully nutty characters. Every performance is simply hilarious!

Paul Wood
Paul Wood

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

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