S.O.B. is a 1981 American comedy film written and directed by Blake Edwards. It stars Julie Andrews, Richard Mulligan, Robert Preston, Larry Hagman, Robert Vaughn, Robert Webber, Loretta Swit, Shelley Winters and William Holden in his final film role. The film was produced by Lorimar and was released by Paramount Pictures on July 1, 1981.


The story is a satire of the film industry and Hollywood society. The main character, Felix Farmer (Richard Mulligan), is a phenomenally successful film producer who has just made the first major flop of his career, to the dismay of his movie studio, resulting in the loss of his own sanity. Felix attempts suicide four times: He attempts to die of carbon monoxide poisoning in his car, only to have it slip into gear and drive through the side of his garage, down a sand dune and into the Pacific Ocean. He then attempts to hang himself from a rafter in an upstairs bedroom, only to fall through the floor, landing on a poisonous Hollywood gossip columnist standing in the living room below. Subsequently, he tries to gas himself in his kitchen oven, but is prevented from carrying out his intent by two house guests with other things on their mind.

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    contentLocation Los Angeles
    director Blake Edwards
    editor Ralph E. Winters
    genre comedy
    keywords 4th of july academy award academy awards aphrodisiac bad news beach house best friend big screen bosco bosco chocolate syrup box office bomb box office flop burn bustier carnival barker charles lampkin childhood trauma city heat claim colleen brennan community property costume designer darling lili derange dream sequence dudley moore end erica yohn film producer flash funeral director funeral home golden globe golden globe award gossip columnist hallucination hamilton camp haunt hollywood house guest hypersexuality impoverish james coburn john lawlor john pleshette johnny carson ken swofford kill land larry storch living room major flop male chauvinist male chauvinist pig movie star movie studio new york times nymphomaniac open orion pictures oscar-winning paddy stone paul stewart peter sellers phone call pink panther poison police officer polly wolly doodle press agent rat razzie award rotten tomatoes sand dune screenplay security guard sexually oriented business sing soft porn song and dance strip club television version the carey treatment the new york times the pink panther the sound of music the village voice to remember tomboy topless toplessness turn turnaround united artists variety viking vincent canby wild rovers write writers guild of america award young woman
    musicBy Henry Mancini
    nomination Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Director Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screenplay
    producer Tony Adams
    productionCompany Lorimar Television
    publisher Paramount Pictures
    recordedAt Malibu
    theme pornographic satire satirical