Felix Farmer's latest movie flops -- and lots of Hollywood types spring into action. It's what Blake Edwards calls "Standard Operating Bull."
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- Rated: R
- Run Time: 2 hours, 1 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: May 17, 2012
- Originally Released: 1981
- Label: Warner Archive Collection (MOD)
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.39
- English, French
- Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Julie Andrews & William Holden|
|Performer:||Robert Preston, Robert Vaughn, Loretta Swit, Shelley Winters, Larry Hagman, Marisa Berenson, Robert Loggia, Stuart Margolin, Craig Stevens, Robert Webber, Rosanna Arquette, Jennifer Edwards, Larry Storch, Benson Fong, Bert Rosario & Richard Mulligan|
|Directed by||Blake Edwards|
|Edited by||Ralph E. Winters|
|Screenwriting by||Blake Edwards|
|Composition by||Henry Mancini|
|Produced by||Blake Edwards & Tony Adams|
|Director of Photography:||Harry Stradling, Jr.|
...Edwards' proven abilities with physical comedy are maximized...
...Edwards's newest, most manic, most bitter farce....The performances are wickedly right...
New York Times
Description by OLDIES.com:
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.
Based on his near-career-ending experience with the box-office disaster DARLING LILI, Blake Edwards fashioned a corrosive behind-the-scenes satire of the business in which he had long plied his trade.The film stars Richard Mulligan as Felix Farmer, a once-successful director whose career is on the slide because of the colossal failure of his $30 million G-rated musical. In desperation he hatches a plan to revive his career: Buy back the film and remake it, adding new pornographic footage to render it a more marketable box-office commodity. He believes that the key to the film's success will be the willingness of his ex-wife, Sally Miles (Julie Andrews), to dispense with her sweetly wholesome image and bare her breasts onscreen. To reach his goal, Farmer has to wade through a river of egomanical producers, wildly pretentious directors, knife-wielding industry gossips, sneaky editors, and even a dissipated doctor--or quack, as he prefers to be called. A broad, hugely entertaining attack on the hand that fed him, Edwards's film is among his best, with hilarious scenery chewing by William Holden (in his final film appearance), Loretta Swit, Larry Hagman, Richard Mulligan, Robert Preston, Robert Vaughn, Robert Webber, Robert Loggia, and no other Roberts among its seeming cast of thousands.
When an embittered playwright's musical turns out to be a financial disaster, he decides to recut the film with some new footage to turn it into a softcore porn flick.