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Felix Farmer's (Richard Mulligan) latest movie flops – and lots of Hollywood types spring into action. Agents are called. Lawyers are retained. Statements are issued. It's what master comedy director Blake Edwards calls "Standard Operating Bull," the subject of his gleefully satiric S.O.B.

Julie Andrews is a wholesome superstar about to alter her image…radically. Aiding and abetting the madness are William Holden, Robert Preston, Robert Vaughn, Shelley Winters, Loretta Swit and more. Dialogue crackles like fat in a fire, gags range from dead-on deadpan to comedic broadsides, insights bristle and sting. Nothing standard here: S.O.B. is extraordinary.

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  • Actors: Marisa Berenson, Julie Andrews, Larry Hagman, Loretta Swit, Richard Mulligan
  • Directors: Blake Edwards
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Archive
  • DVD Release Date: May 17, 2012
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007XTDXYG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,072 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful By David Below on May 23, 2002
Format: DVD
When I was younger, the appeal of SOB was seeing Mary Poppins bare her chest. Well, it's still great.
But when I got older, and really watched this film again, it was the incredible timing and acting chops of the entire cast that blew me away. The skewering of the Hollywood system this movie delivers is first-rate. It's fascinating seeing a film so greatly crucify the underside of Hollywood, when these days its so common knowledge the incorporation and bureacracy the film industry is. We have the internet and a million entertainment magazines now, its common knowledge how cut-throat it is. But in 1981 things were different and when SOB came out, it disappeared quickly it seems. It was probably too "inside" for general audiences to appreciate. Plus I'm sure the forces that be made sure to not trumpet a film which made fun of the people who brought it to screen.
If you appreciated the 'adult' humor of Blake Edwards other films such as '10', and 'Skin Deep', you must see 'SOB.' You have veteran actors tackling matters and situations that really apply to being an adult in the adult world. Mid-life crisis', integrity over indecency, getting older, standing up for principles as society seems to worsen around you...these themes run rampant in Edward's films. Its as though Edwards was the last 'Rat Pack''-ideaology director making movies about loveable drunks and womanizers who's hearts were in the right place, though we watch them comically learn life's lessons through trial and error choices. Good people dealing with the anxiety of getting older and realizing truths about themselves and the world, good and bad. But Edward's always presented it with a 'Boy's Club' mentality that, at least for me, made one hope to have such colorful characters as friends as I matured and got older.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 18, 2002
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You have to give Blake Edwards and his courageous cast credit for having the nerve to make this film. It is irreverent, often over the top, and is pretty merciless in commenting on the Hollywood system. This film is not his masterpiece, but certainly one of his most personal statements. The picture quality of the DVD is excellent--good color, good definition, etc. The sound is so-so but, since it isn't a musical, that doesn't really matter too much. Supposedly, Edwards worked on this screenplay for years, as a reaction to the treatment he and his wife received from Paramount--especially during and after the filming of their mega-flop, "Darling Lili." Most folks now agree that "Lili" is a darned-good film and exhibits some of Edwards' and Andrews' best traits. When can we see this film on DVD?? And why not package it with with S.O.B. as a double set!!!
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30 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Matthew G. Sherwin HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 24, 2004
Format: DVD
Well, Julie Andrews DOES bare herself in this movie--which is why some may first want to see it--but this film by her real life husband Blake Edwards (who also brought us The Pink Panther) does have some other very good qualities. The trouble is that the film-and the DVD itself--also have some potentially bad points.
On the bright side, we are treated to excellent performances by some very talented people including Julie Andrews, Richard Mulligan, William Holden, Loretta Swit, Larry Hagman--and more! These actors really worked! The story is comparatively simple: in Hollywood, director Felix Farmer makes a terrific flop of a movie and despite his many previous successes in true Hollywood style the studio, his wife (Julie Andrews) and everyone else are abandoning him. Yes, as another reviewer points out, some people in Hollywood try to shield them from reporters and publicity backlash--but they really don't succeed. Felix tries four times to kill himself until he realizes if they re-shoot the film as some type of pornography flick it will make millions and be the biggest money making film of all time. Everyone is afraid at first of taking the gamble; but they see Felix's idea may just well be right and then they all jump on the bandwagon in a brazen and crude greedy rush. When the film makes it even Felix thinks gleefully of the money it will make as he dies a premature death! The film therefore really lashes out at Hollywood greed and backstabbing. A good reminder to us all of how NOT to behave in life! The characters rush around so deeply concerned about money and JUST money that the film illustrates very sharply how shallow, greedy and cruel Hollywood "people" can be.
Then there are the potentially bad points. I say they are potentially bad because not everyone will think they are bad!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By bob on March 28, 2000
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Julie Andrews baring her breasts? If they are hers then she has nothing to be ashamed of.This is one of those movies that the critic's hated but the majority of people who saw it found it hilarious.When you have such wonderful veteran actors such as Richard Mulligan,Julie Andrews,Robert Preston,Loretta Swit et al. in one production there is bound to be a good time by all.The humour is definately slap stick with Richard Mulligan doing a wonderful job as a hollywood producer who cannot deal with the only flop he ever had and is trying desperately to kill himself but just can't seem to get the job done.Robert Preston is wonderful and funny as the boozing but very sympathic doctor.Julie Andrews plays Richard Mulligans wife to the hilt with gusto -she is kind of caught in the middle and has all kinds of lawyers,agents,personal secretaries trying to advise her on how to handle her divorce from Richard and the eventual big mess that he ends up getting her involved. Just to hear Julie Andrews cuss and show her involved in a soft porn movie is worth the price of this one.This is anothe one of those movies that i can't really justify liking it as well as i do-other than it keeps me chuckling almost all the way through it.
this movie is now availiable on dvd and i would recomment getting it via that format due to the fact of the longevity vs. vhs.
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