The Sunset Blvd Blogathon – S.O.B. (1981)


This is the first of 3 posts dedicated to The Sunset Boulevard Blogathon being held over at Pure Entertainment Preservation Society

Tnx Tiffany and Rebekah for letting me take part! (sorry for my tardiness)

“I could sue you for calling me that, Polly! A shyster is a disreputable lawyer. I’M a QUACK!” – Dr. Irving Finegarten

Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 Jan 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A highly successful film producer tries to find a way to transform his latest film from a flop into a raging success.

My Take on it – This is a movie that I recall hearing about years ago, but never had much of a desire to see what it was all about.

This blogathon gave me the perfect opportunity to do so because it is the final screen performance of William Holden who is one of the three subjects of this blogathon.

The film drew me in so quickly and kept my attention throughout because of the exquisite way that it is presented.

They give us such an eye opening view of Hollywood and the way that the movie industry works how movie get made.

This film might have been made 40 years ago, yet still feels so relevant.

The cast of this movie is superb with Holden being joined by Richard Mulligan, Julie Andrews, Larry Hagman, Robert Loggia, Stuart Margolin, Robert Preston, Loretta Swift, Robert Vaughn, Robert Webber and Shelly Winters helping to keep things so enjoyable throughout because their characters feel so realistic.

The film was written and directed by Blake Edwards who was so entrenched into the Hollywood industry that he was able to tell this story so well.

The script is superb and flows the whole way through while keeping things engaging the entire time.

The film’s dialogue is fresh and so much fun to listen to especially due to the way that things unfold in very surprising ways throughout that keeps the viewer on the edge of their seat because it never feels predictable at all.

They do an amazing job toeing the line here between satire, comedy and drama and this mixture keeps the story so much fun to watch unfold.

This is a film that I look forward to seeing nice again and am glad that I finally got to see what it was all about.

Love the way that the title makes things seem ambiguous since most people (myself included) assume that it refers to ‘Son Of a B*tch’ instead of its true meaning ‘Standard Operational Bullsh*t’, which is truly a simple way to explain the plot of this film.

Bottom Line – Hilarious film that gives such an eye opening view of the movie industry and the way films are made. The cast is superb with Mulligan, Holden, Andrews, Hagman, Loggia, Margolin, Preston, Swift, Vaughn, Webber and Winters all giving amazing performances here that ring so true throughout. The script is written so well and the story flows so well from start to finish. The dialogue is so much fun to listen to because of the way that things unfold in ways one never expects and you never know what will happen next. Edwards does a wonderful job writing and directing this film and it’s easy to see how entrenched he is in the industry to tell a story like this one.  The film is able to toe the line between satire, comedy and drama the whole way through with keeps things so enjoyable throughout. The ambiguous nature of the title is amazing. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Final theatrical movie of William Holden (Tim Culley). Shortly after completing this movie, he slipped and fell in his living room, cutting his head open, and bled to death. He had been drinking heavily. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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3 thoughts on “The Sunset Blvd Blogathon – S.O.B. (1981)

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