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Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970)

 -  Comedy | Music  -  17 June 1970 (USA)
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Three girls come to Hollywood to make it big, but find only sex, drugs and sleaze.

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Storyline

This film is a sequel in name only to Valley of the Dolls (1967). An all-girl rock band goes to Hollywood to make it big. There they find success, but luckily for us, they sink into a cesspool of decadence. This film has a sleeping woman performing on a gun which is in her mouth. It has women posing as men. It has lesbian sex scenes. It is also written by Roger Ebert, who had become friends with Russ Meyer after writing favorable reviews of several of his films. Written by Mark Logan <marklo@west.sun.com>

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drugs | lesbian | sex | lesbian sex | lawyer | See more »

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The world is full of them, the super-octane girls who are old at twenty. If they get to be twenty. See more »

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Comedy | Music

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17 June 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Más allá del valle de las muñecas  »

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$900,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$9,000,000 (USA)
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Budgeted at a modest $900,000 (approximately $4.5 million in 2005 dollars), the film grossed ten times the amount in the US market, qualifying it as a hit for the beleaguered 20th Century-Fox. Though tame by modern standards, "Dolls" was slapped with an "X" rating, and there was much negative publicity generated by the fact a major studio had allowed a "pornographer", Russ Meyer (labeled "King Leer" by the mainstream press at the time) to make a Hollywood film under its aegis. Grace Kelly, who was a member of the board of directors of Fox, was outraged and lobbied to have the studio's contract with Meyer terminated. After his next Fox film, The Seven Minutes (1971) flopped at the box office (possibly due to its LACK of nudity and titillation), the studio terminated its relationship with Meyer. He never made another film for a studio. See more »

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During the first party scene, Emerson drops a tray carrying multiple bottles of scotch. In next shot, floor is covered with broken glass but no spilled liquid. See more »

Quotes

Ronnie (Z-Man) Barzell: Z-Man? There is no Z-Man, varlet. And indeed, it's not a game we play. I am Superwoman!
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Crazy Credits

Disclaimer: THE FILM YOU ARE ABOUT TO SEE IS NOT A SEQUEL TO "VALLEY OF THE DOLLS." IT IS WHOLLY ORIGINAL AND BEARS NO RELATIONSHIP TO REAL PERSONS, LIVING OR DEAD. IT DOES, LIKE "VALLEY OF THE DOLLS" DEAL WITH THE OFT-TIMES NIGHTMARE WORLD OF SHOW BUSINESS BUT IN A DIFFERENT TIME AND CONTEXT. See more »

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The Citizen Kane of camp.
30 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Russ Meyer's most lavish production is still jaw dropping, and still beyond comparison. BTVOTD is the ultimate camp film that, unlike Valley of the Dolls, is knowingly campy, deliberately absurd, never comes down to earth, and achieves a non stop contact high. Beyond description, it must be seen to be believed. A rapid fire, mind-rending parody of virtually every genre and cliché that can be squeezed into a 2 hour film. The film hasn't aged a bit and its reputation has rightfully grown since its initial release in 1970. The songs, dialog, direction, editing, music, and acting all provide endless amazement every time I see it. In the 30 plus years since its release nothing else comes close to the experience of this film. A true audience film with so many lines and scenes that viewers have memorized. In comparison, The Rocky Horror Picutre Show seems dull and conventional. BEYOND is and was ahead of its time, and remains essential viewing.


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