S.O.B. (1981)

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Satirical comedy. Hollywood director Felix Farmer has a critical and box office disaster with his sweet-natured musical 'Night Wind', starring his wife Sally Miles, a wholesome box-office attraction widely loved for having played Peter Pan. Felix suffers a nervous breakdown and tries unsuccessfully, by various means, to commit suicide, while Sally walks out on him, taking with her the children, their ambitious social secretary Gary and a temperamental Chinese cook. Conniving Capitol Studio vice president David Blackman attempts to wrest the film from Felix in order to salvage some of the studio's enormous investment, but the efforts of his associates Dick Benson and Tim Culley are more immediately focused on restraining Felix's suicide attempts. Meanwhile, a quack doctor friend of theirs, Irving Finegarten, is administering injections to Felix and others, and himself, to cheer and sedate them. Felix recovers his 'sanity' all of a sudden, and, full of new drive, feels certain that he can reshoot his film and make it a hit by turning it into a kinky/psychological sex extravaganza, complete with onscreen nudity from Sally to ensure box office success. He uses all his and Sally's money to buy the film from the studio and does his reshoots. Sally is cornered into cooperating (afraid of negative dicorce publicity and the loss of her fortune, and also lured by the prospect of large profits should the film be a hit), but she also signs over the distribution rights to Blackman, against Felix's wishes. Angered and alarmed, Felix attempts to seize the film cans, but he is pursued by the police, and after a shooting incident, a night of shenanigans at a mortuary preceeds a series of tearful farewells.

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